Presented by Joe Hildebrand
From the Host:
We don’t choose our bodies – they’re just given to us. Fat or thin, male or female, black or white, we get no say in the matter at all. So what if we’re born with a body we don’t belong in? What if we’re born with a body we do belong in and then suddenly it changes? Are our bodies really us or just a cruel lottery of flesh disbursed by God?
Wangechi Mutu plays with the human form like most of us used to play with Lego. She builds it up and she tears it apart and then she puts it back together again in strange and unusual ways. She is art’s Doctor Moreau.
So I’ve asked the young and much talked about new Cleo editor Sharri Markson, the world’s ugliest sexy man (or maybe the world’s sexiest ugly man), Bob Ellis, as well as quadriplegic and disability advocate Matt Lennox who will both shock and inspire you, to speak about whether our bodies belong to us
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Sharri Markson, Editor, Cleo Magazine
Sharri spent 10 years at The Sunday Telegraph, Australia’s biggest selling newspaper, covering state and federal politics before taking on the role of chief of staff. She did stints at The Sun in London and the New York Post and won numerous young journalism awards.
Sharri spent two years as News Editor at Channel Seven in Sydney where she won a Walkley Award for television news reporting and was Walkley nominated a second time. She is now CLEO editor, driving the iconic magazine’s’ biggest relaunch in its 40-year history.
Matt Lennox, Quadriplegic and Disability Advocate
Matt Lennox currently lives in Melbourne with his partner Estelle and two sons, Clancy and Leroy. As a younger man, Matt led a less-than-wholesome lifestyle typical of a radical university arts student with dreams of rock’n’roll stardom. His life took a dramatic turn in 2002 when at the age of 26 Matt incurred an injury that made him a C5 quadriplegic; he lost movement of his legs and hands while retaining limited movement in his wrists, arms and upper-torso. After some years of adjustment, Matt returned to Melbourne University for further study, but a return to work became a necessity when he and his partner came to expect a baby.
Frustrated by the inadequacy of transport options for wheelchair users he was drawn to the field of transport regulation. Most recently he has worked with Professor Allan Fels on the Victorian Taxi Industry Inquiry as a business intelligence analyst and policy adviser. Matt also works in a volunteer capacity for the Australian Quadriplegic Association and Austin Health, predominately in the area of peer support.
Bob Ellis, Writer, Director and Political Commentator
Bob is a celebrated figure is Australia’s cultural and political life. His work for film and stage has won countless nominations and awards. He has authored 17 books including the best seller Goodbye Jerusalem, which was the subject of a celebrated defamation action taken by Liberal politicians Peter Costello and Tony Abbott. He has written speeches for the likes of Kim Beazley, Bob Carr, Mike Rann, Cheryl Kernot and Bob Brown and regularly contributes articles to a range of publications
SPECIAL GUEST: Caitlin Park, Musician
Caitlin Park writes and performs folktronica, taking folk and
electro-acoustics to new heights with her abstract composition, sampling
and film nostalgia.
Caitlin Park¹s fascination with language was nourished by a
part-time post at a cult video store around the corner from her family
home. This culminated in a piece of music based on the murder plot scene in
Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder her reverse soundtrack. Then, songs that
were written for short films began to take shape as folk snapshots riddled with sound effects and dialogue taken from 1940/50s films.
Host: Joe Hildebrand, Journalist and Political Commentator
Joe Hildebrand is a journalist and columnist for The Daily Telegraph, Sydney’s biggest newspaper, where he is currently Opinion and Inside Edition editor. Prior to this he was a prominent political reporter for the paper.
Joe was also the host of ABC2’s hit TV series Dumb, Drunk and Racist.
He is a regular commentator on the ABC (Q&A, The Drum), Seven Network (Sunrise, The Morning Show), Network Ten (The Project, Can of Worms), Sky News (PM Live) and a host of radio stations, including 2GB, 4BC, 6PR and ABC.
He knows nothing about art, nor does he know what he likes.