Festival Program

Highlight Event

Teenage Heartthrobs

Sat 7 Sep, 11.30am
RMIT Storey Hall

What did those snake-hipped, doe-eyed pin-ups we stuck to our bedroom walls in the heady days of adolescence – the rock stars, sitcom leads, sporting heroes – teach us about ourselves, our sexuality, our identity, our future lovers? Four artists gather to confess their once-secret teen passions, from film and TV, music and literature. Featuring Sloane Crosley, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Yumi Stynes, and Myf Warhurst. With Thomas Jaspers.

Supported by ABC Radio Melbourne

Image: Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne


1 hour

Session code




Session Artists

Sloane Crosley is the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, and How Did You Get This Number, as well as Look Alive Out There, and the bestselling novel, The Clasp. She is featured in The Library of America's 50 Funniest American Writers.

Thomas Jaspers has performed both as himself and his merry myriad of comedy characters at festivals all over Australia and the US. Most notably Jaspers is part of Melbourne’s stinkiest comedy trio, Granny Bingo. Thomas also hosts Melbourne based queer podcast The Gays Are Revolting, which launched to great success in 2018.

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is the co-founder of The Toast and Dear Prudence at Slate.

Yumi Stynes is busy. She hosts the podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk, parents a shitload of kids and, you know, likes to waste time having fun. This year she's been shooting a documentary on sexism for SBS while merrily fighting racism on her own time. All this while trying to waste as few fucks as possible.

Myf Warhurst is a TV presenter, broadcaster, journalist & writer. Myf hosts ABC Radio’s national weekday music and arts culture program and presents Bang On with co-host Zan Rowe - a podcast where they chat about art, music and pop culture. Myf hosts the annual Eurovision Song Contest for SBS alongside Joel Creasey.

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