No one turns up where they're not wanted quite like John Safran. In Depends What You Mean by Extremist he gets among white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more, digging away at the contradictions many would prefer to be left unexamined.
Brisbane Writers Festival 2017
Depends What You Mean by Extremist
John Birmingham is a journalist, columnist, blogger, prolific tweeter and author of two Quarterly Essays, a number of books of fiction, non-fiction and memoir. These include He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, the Axis of Time series of thrillers, the Disappearance series and the Dave Hooper novels. He won the National Award for Non-Fiction with Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney. How To Be a Writer: Who Smashes Deadlines, Crushes Editors and Lives in a Solid Gold Hovercraft was published in 2016. He currently writes regular columns for Fairfax Media.
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.
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