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Pretty For An Aboriginal Talks "Black Panther" And Colonisers Live At The Sydney Opera House

Still here to have all the conversations Australia is uncomfortable having about sex, relationships, dating, power, and…most difficult of all, race.

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It’s been six months since Pretty For An Aboriginal wrapped season one, but hosts Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell haven’t stopped conversing about all the things Australia has trouble talking about, like sex, relationships, power and...most difficult of all, race.

In this special live episode, recorded at the Sydney Opera House as part of the All About Women festival, Nakkiah and Miranda are joined by actor and budding director Shari Sebbens to unpack the fallout from the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. They discuss how and why colonialism has become a subtext in mainstream blockbusters from Thor: Ragnarok to Black Panther, and consider whether Australia is ready to play with terminology seeped in the violence of colonisation. Can a First Nations woman jokingly refer to a white Australian as a “coloniser” without blowback? Is Australia ready to be playful with language and stories from the colonial period?
Prudence Upton / Sydney Opera House / Via Sydney Opera House

In this special live episode, recorded at the Sydney Opera House as part of the All About Women festival, Nakkiah and Miranda are joined by actor and budding director Shari Sebbens to unpack the fallout from the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther.

They discuss how and why colonialism has become a subtext in mainstream blockbusters from Thor: Ragnarok to Black Panther, and consider whether Australia is ready to play with terminology seeped in the violence of colonisation.

Can a First Nations woman jokingly refer to a white Australian as a “coloniser” without blowback? Is Australia ready to be playful with language and stories from the colonial period?

Listen now >> here.

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Questions? Comments? Email nicola.harvey@buzzfeed.com.

Credits:

BuzzFeed Series Producer & Editor: Nicola Harvey

Season One Producer & Editor: Cinnamon Nippard (Audiocraft)

Season One Audio Mix: Adam Connolly (Audiocraft)

BuzzFeed Designers: Ben King / Dennis Huynh

Special thanks to: Tod Deely, Ed Nixon, Shane Johnson from the Sydney Opera House recording & broadcast studio, Sydney Opera House event production staff, and the Talks & Ideas programming team behind All About Women.

And, a huge thank you to Uncle Richard Green for use of the audio welcome to country.

Contact Pretty for an Aboriginal at nicola.harvey+prettyforanaboriginal@buzzfeed.com.

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