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The Rereaders Episode 81: Tom of Finland, Wake in Fright and Smartphone Dystopia

October 24, 2017

In this week’s podcast we watch Tom of Finland, a film exploring the life of pioneering gay illustrator Touko Laaksonen. Then we get pissed and paranoid in the best little town on earth with the Channel Ten miniseries Wake in Fright. And finally we examine the line between online joy and misery in our smartphone dystopia.

Links to topics discussed:

Tom of Finland (02:12)

‘Donkey Sex OK, But Gay Sex Is Not? ‘Australia’s Film Classification Board Is Homophobic’ by Luke Buckmaster at

Wake in Fright (19:30)

‘“Our minds can be hijacked”: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia’ by Paul Lewis in The Guardian (36:05)

‘The Joy and Misery of Cybersex’ by Oscar Schwartz in The Sydney Review of Books

Recommends (52:25):

Cerise recommends tilde ~ Melbourne trans and gender diverse film festival

Mel recommends The Resurrectionist by James Bradley

Dion recommends On the Media podcast: How Gossip Works with Anne Helen Petersen