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Come To The Next Junkee Take On, Featuring Claudia Karvan, Patrick Abboud, Nakkiah Lui And More

Our second Take On panel will be hitting Sydney's Giant Dwarf Theatre on April 28.

You’ve probably seen a hundred giant, dusty TV sets lying on the curb of your street like defeated prehistoric beasts. Your mum just downloaded something called Stan. We have a show where we watch people watching television. The year’s best comedy was produced and distributed by a weird version of eBay. Also its lead character is a transgender woman.

We have some stuff to talk about.

On Tuesday April 28 we’ll be hosting a discussion at Sydney’s Giant Dwarf Theatre, called ‘Changing The Channel’. The second in our Junkee Take On series (the last one was a sell-out), we’ll be slinging some ideas around about the way TV has changed, what it means for us, and also, where its going.

“There’s a digital and political revolution happening on your screens. 

With the move from TV to the web and the rise of new platforms, there are more shows to watch, more ways to watch them, and more ways to spoil them, too.

There’s a greater variety of voices on our screens, but whose stories still need to be told? Can TV be an instrument of social change? How is Australia’s output stacking up against the rest of the globe?

And what will the future of television look like for creators, critics and the audience?”

Who’s going to be on this panel? Oh, so glad you asked:

CLAUDIA KARVAN is of course an actress, writer and producer whose name has already made you deeply nostalgic for The Secret Life Of Us. More recently she’s starred in Puberty BluesThe Time Of Our Lives, and co-wrote and produced the Logie Award-winning drama Love My Way. LOUUUUUUU.

You might know PATRICK ABBOUD from his work as producer and reporter on SBS2’s The Feed and as a VJ on SBS’ Dateline, or as the co-host and director of the SBS Mardi Gras broadcast for the last two years. 

TIM CLUCAS is one of the most experienced television executives in Australia, who has worked on top rating shows like Big Brother, The X Factor and Masterchef. He is currently a consultant to the industry about programming, audience and strategy in the broadcast and digital world.

After seven years as the network head of production and development at Network Ten, and five years as the director of programming at FremantleMedia, he is currently a consultant to the industry about programming, audience and strategy in the broadcast and digital environments.

And NAKKIAH LUI will be familiar from her role as a writer and star in ABC’s brilliant Black Comedy, or from her theatrical work like Kill The Messenger at Belvoir.

MATT RODEN, our TV critic who recently declared TV was “broke for the better”, will be leading the discussion.

The Take On events are filmed for those outside of Sydney; if you missed our first panel about the boundaries of comedy, you can check out the highlights here.

We’d also love you to email some questions through in advance, because hey, there’s a very real chance someone will get stuck repeatedly asking Claudia Karvan to be their best friend, and that’s gonna ruin it for everyone.

Join our panel of experts as we take on TV in Australia and beyond; how television can change the world; and all that lies between:

Actor, Writer and Producer CLAUDIA KARVAN;
Producer, Reporter, and SBS TV Host PATRICK ABBOUD; 
Playwright, Director And Actor NAKKIAH LUI;
Commercial TV Executive and Consultant TIM CLUCAS

Moderated by Junkee TV critic Matt Roden

Got questions for the panelist? Email them to [email protected]

Check out the full details via our Facebook event, or buy tickets here

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