John Safran

John Safran is an author and documentary maker. His debut book Murder In Mississippi won the Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime and iTunes iBook Best Non-Fiction for 2014. John first hit TV screens in 1997, shooting and presenting ten mini-documentaries for Race Around the World (ABC). The ABC then commissioned two Safran specials including John Safran: Media Tycoon, satirising the world of foot-in-door journalism. His first ten-part series (John Safran's Music Jamboree, SBS) ripped the lid off the music industry. His next series (John Safran vs. God, SBS) saw John travel the world, diving into the most extreme religious experiences. These series earned him four Australian Film Institute awards and two Logie nominations. John has released a satirical song (Not The Sunscreen Song), and spent four years co-hosting the public radio show The Breakfasters (3RRR). In 2007 John shot a pilot for American MTV John Safran Saves America. And in 2009 he released John Safran's Race Relations (ABC TV), which was nominated for two international Rose d'Or awards. In 2015, John hung up his headphones after co-hosting Sunday Night Safran (Triple J) for ten years with Father Bob Maguire and he spent 2016 working on his second book and returning to our screens with The Goddam Election! for SBS – focusing on the minor parties in Australia and the role that religion plays in setting their agendas. Depends What You Mean By Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Depolorables is his second book with Penguin Random House.