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My Aussiecon 4 schedule

It's short, because I really wanted to avoid over-committing when I have to share toddler/baby caring duties - the more panels I do, the more double duties Sharon has to take on.

But have to admit, feels weird doing so little. In fact, I think it's been the least amount of panels I've been involved with in a very, very long time - I usually do a couple a day on average. Oh well, may instead try to put my energies into partying in the evenings once Lex, Shaz, & Zoe are asleep. And there's always the chance I'll end up on one or two panels at the last minute.

Oh, and I'll probably be on the Continuum table once or twice, too.

Saturday 1500 Room 213
Vote #1 the thing for President: How cult films are born

What is the difference between an ordinary film and a cult film? What
special qualities lead to some films building passionate fan bases
long after the general public as forgotten them? Is it possible to
deliberately make a cult film? A look at what makes a cult film tick,
through classic examples—and the panelists’ personal favourites.
Danny Oz, Darren Maxwell, Bob Eggleton

Sunday 1400 Room 210
The short half-life of strange television

Year in, year out: American television is littered with short-lived,
commercially unsuccessful science fiction and fantasy comedies and
dramas. Their subject matter varies wildly, but they all share things
in common: they’re original, they’re unusual, and they’re almost
invariably cancelled within 13 episodes. A look at the best of TV’s
short-lived gems - Wonder Falls, The Middleman, Firefly and others -
as well as a look at some of the few that have actually succeeded.
Danny Oz, Jeanne Mealy, Ginjer Buchanan

Monday 1000 Room 211
Swiss family starship: Getting lost in SF television

Lost in Space, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Voyager, Red Dwarf and
Stargate Universe all present a science fiction adventure with one
common motif: a small group of humans in the farthest reaches of
space, working together in an attempt to reach Earth. What is the
appeal of this recurring theme, and what are its origins? What
considerations need to be made when presenting a story of this type,
and which series have succeeded and failed at doing it?
Carolina Gomez, Kerrie Dougherty, Laurie Mann, Danny Oz
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