On top of the already incredible arts, music and culture that Splendour in the Grass has to offer for its punters, the Splendour crew have just announced it’s exciting lineup for it’s FORUM and COMEDY CLUB. Filled with some of today’s most prominent and engaging thinkers, politicians, journalists, musicians and activists. They’ll be busting open cans of worms, tackling hot topics and making us laugh until we cry from 10am daily with live discussions, panels, interviews, secular sermons, literary salons and more.
From Thursday, all the way to Sunday, a hilarious bunch taking the comedy stage including youtube stars doing live broadcasts, triple j hosts, and some of Australia’s biggest comedians
SPLENDOUR COMEDY CLUB, CLASS OF 2016:
WIL ANDERSON, TOM BALLARD, MATT OKINE, MICHAEL HING, LUKE MCGREGOR, AUNTY DONNA, JUSTIN HAMILTON, BECKY LUCAS, LUKE HEGGIE, TOM DASSALO, DEMI LARDNER, GERALDINE HICKEY, KARL CHANDLER, LITTLE DUM DUM CLUB, DILRUK JAYASINHA, DANIELLE WALKER, AARON GOCS, PENNY GREENHALGH, JAMES COLLEY, CIARAN LYONS, JEN CARNOVALE, JOSH GLANC and AARON CHEN.
TIMES: Thursday 6-9pm, Friday 5-7:30pm, Saturday 5-7:30pm and Sunday 5-7:30pm
FRIDAY JULY 22
10-11.30am: Panel & Screen Tests: BREAKING BLAND
Why are our most exciting screen stories heading online? Is mainstream TV censoring authenticity? Who is telling young people’s stories? Hosted by comedian, broadcaster and self-confessed TV nerd Tom Ballard, this expert panel share their devious strategies for taking uncensored stories to the world.
Bryan Elsley, creator of the ground breaking Skins series, will appear by video link from the UK on a panel including Deb Cox (Deadlock, Seachange, East of Everything, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries), actor/producer Rosie Lourde (Starting From… Now!), interactive gaming and multi-platform storytelling guru Mike Jones (The Kettering Incident, Wastelander Panda, Inside Out) and award winning screenwriter/director Billie Pleffer (Bino, Baby Baby). After the session, Deadlock Producers will run a live screen testing booth at Splendour Forum for aspiring youthful talent. See http://www.deadlock.tv for more.
12-2.30pm: Film and Panel: CHASING ASYLUM
‘Chasing Asylum’ exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and explores how ‘The Lucky Country’ became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. The film, directed by Australian Academy Award-winning film-maker Eva Orner, features never before seen footage from detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru, where no journalists or cameras are allowed, revealing the personal impact of sending those in search of a safe home to languish in limbo. Chasing Asylum explores the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of Australia’s decision to spend billions of dollars locking away families in appalling conditions, hidden from media scrutiny, destroying their lives under the pretext of saving them.
After the film, Lindsay “The Doctor” McDougall chats to director Eva Orner andGreens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, one of the only Australian politicians to visit the detention centres and speak out against them.
3-4pm: APRA AMCOS Presents: SONGWRITERS SPEAK
Australian songwriters including Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music), Sam Hales (The Jungle Giants) and Alex Lahey chat to ABC broadcaster Robbie Buck about their musical influences, lyrical inspirations and the song writing craft.
SATURDAY JULY 23
10-11am: WOMEN OF LETTERS: Splendour Edition VII
Writer, broadcaster and actor Marieke Hardy is back for a glorious seventh year running, this time with poet and slam-nerd Emilie Zoey Baker, to celebrate the beautiful lost art of letter writing. Join artists including Montaigne, Wafia, Liz Drummond (Little May), Nicole Millar, comedian Becky Lucas, film-maker Eva Orner and others for our annual special festival edition of the literary salon Women of Letters, as they each narrate their “Letter to the Song They Wish They’d Written” - and maybe even perform it.
12-1.30pm Panel: HOW TO UNFUCK THE PLANET
How fucked are we? Well, in the words of The Unfuckers “pretty fucked – but we’re optimistic”. Thanks to industry, cars and mass consumption, we’ve made a mess of this planet, but we need to stop thinking it’s not our problem, that it’s up for political debate or that it’s just too hard to fix. Join Lindsay “The Doctor” McDougall as he hosts a panel of experts gathered to tell us about real, practical and everyday ways we can empower ourselves to help unfuck the planet.
Co-presented by Green Music Australia, the panel will hear from 350.org’s Charlie Wood, CounterAct’s Nicola Paris, Ariane Wilkinson from Environmental Justice Australia, Caro Shields from Be An Unfucker and Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s Nicky Bomba, former drummer with the John Butler Trio.
2.30-4pm: Panel: DRONES: HUMAN HUNTING
It sounds like something out of The Hunger Games, but it’s not fiction. The US Drone Program is a secret military program designed to hunt down and execute people singled out by the Obama administration without trial or jury. Large unmanned aircraft bomb villages in a strategy called “Find, Fix, Finish.” Hundreds of innocent civilians, many of them children, have been killed in countries where neither the US nor Australia has actually declared war. The deadly program has only been exposed as a result of whistle-blowers stepping forward to reveal the truth.
Like something out of a bad ‘80s movie, the program revs up its recruits with violent video games and loud metal music, before sending them in to “Find, Fix and Finish” the humans they are hunting. Come and hear two brave whistle-blowers, recently emerged from a shadowy world where soldiers sit in windowless rooms making life and death decisions based on blurry images on computer screens. Hosted by Dr Suelette Dreyfus, author of Underground with Julian Assange, the panel will feature excerpts from the explosive new documentary National Bird and other special guests and will explain the role Australia plays in this deadly secret activity.
SUNDAY JULY 24
10-11.30am: The School of Life presents: Lawrence Leung & Ngaiire On (Not) Knowing (Secular Sermon)
Spend Sunday Morning with comedian and documentary maker Lawrence Leung, as he explores his obsession with the unknown, with special musical guest Ngaiire.
In the old days most of us looked to religion for direction on how to live. Now we flick through the Sunday papers or surf the internet finding little by way of good counsel. In this Secular Sermon, Lawrence Leung argues that the “not knowing” of something is the catalyst that drives human endeavour, science and some less desired outcomes. He will guide us on a journey of critical thinking and ‘a-ha’ moments as he presents fascinating and funny hoaxes, conundrums, mind games, illusions - and downright lies. He will take us on a journey of figuring out, revealing why we seek answers, why we fall into traps, and how we might better understand the very human drive to “know”.
12-1.30pm: Great Moments in Science: DR KARL KRUSZELNICKI
What’s the link between earwax and armpit sweat? Why do polyester shirts stink and why do we draw stars as having points, when they’re really enormous spherical blobs? Join doctor, physicist, mathematician and Harvard University Ig Nobel Prize-winner (for his ground breaking research into belly button fluff and why it is almost always blue) Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures, as he probes whether cows can make strawberry milk, finds out how radioactive you are and how much clouds weigh. Come laugh and learn.
2.30-4pm: Q&A with TONY JONES
ABC rockstar journalist and Q&A host Tony Jones returns to Splendour with our special festival edition of Australia’s favourite two-way show that brings punters, pollies and pundits together to thrash out the hot issues of the day. Splendour’s Q&A won’t be on ABC TV, but punters can experience democracy live in action when Tony “I’ll take that as a comment” Jones is joined by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and others.