#1911 Same Same but Different

Things are the same but also very different. Just like lying in a virtual reality game. Or feeling out of place amongst your family, until you find punk rock.

Out of Place by Hongnan Guo

Hongnan and Echo are two students in Sydney, who both come from the same province of China. They’re both only daughters and only children. But they have almost opposite relationships with their families.

Supervising Producers: Jordan Fennell and Allison Chan

Music: Cellophane Sam – ‘Deluge’, Blue Dot Sessions – ‘Slow Line Stomp’, Blue Dot Sessions – ‘Slider’, Blue Dot Sessions – ‘Union Hall Melody’. 

Punk Rock in a Bottle by Mike Williams

Rosie Wu experienced severe culture shock when she moved from the Northern Beaches to a boarding school in China. She still travels to China regularly but feels like she doesn’t have much in common with her family. But then she found her tribe.

Music: Cultural Revolution Ballet music, Cui Juin – Nothing to my Name, Midnight Oil – Surf’s Up Tonight, Tand Dynasty – The Sun, Chinese National Anthem, Zhou Yung Peng – Child of China (protest song), Boring Army – Long Live Punk, Backstreet Boys – Everybody, Yung Fang de Zhao Huan – A Call from Afar, The Beatles – Help, Bob Dylan – The Hurricane, The Police – Message in a Bottle, Mongolian Nine Treasures – Fable of Mangus, Shanren – Three Decades (Yunnan folk rock), Xu Wei – Unknown, Ajinai – Grass

ASL by Michael Sun

It’s the early 2000s and 12 year old Michael was unsupervised on a virtual reality game. He developed a lasting crush and lied on the internet. 

Sound Design: Pip Leason

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Music: Haruomi Hosono – ‘Cosmic Surfin’, Haruomi Hosono – ‘Noa Noah’, Haruomi Hosono – ‘Saigo no Rakuen’, Haruomi Hosono – ‘Nostalgia Island’

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Maddy Macquine

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: NordWood Themes

#1910 Featuring Read To Me

There are people in the world who end up in conversations with strangers, eat gelato, catch ferries and buy plants. These people are also illustrators, animators and comic book artists.

Plane Spotting by Jin Hien Lau

People have pretty strong preferences when it comes to travelling on planes. So does Jin Hien Lau.

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

The Red Bag by Regine Clark

Regine Clarke is thrown into Florence, Italy and uses her sharpened skills to drive a hard bargain at the markets.

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

Secret Theatre Secret by Sapphire Sheedy

There’s also nothing like seeing musical theatre for the very first time, especially if your name is Sapphire Sheedy and you’ve grown up avoiding cow patties.

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

Funeral Trees by Fionn McCabe

Fionn McCabe travels home with his family for his father’s memorial. His four year old son accidentally helps him come to terms with the loss of his father.

Sound Recordist: Zacha Rosen

About Read To Me

Read To Me is created and produced by Gabriel Clark and Fionn McCabe. The event producing ninjas include Lizzie Nagy, Zacha Rosen, Lucy Towers and Eleanor Haglund.

Their next bimonthly Sydney event is on Tuesday 7th May at Knox St Bar in Chippendale. Read To Me is also co-hosting the annual Ledger Awards for Australian Comics on the 26th April at the State Library of NSW. Both events are free!

To stay in the loop on their events in Sydney and across Australia, follow them on the ‘gram.

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Episode Mix and Compile: Krantik Banerjee

Host: Maddy Macquine

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Fionn McCabe / Read To Me

#1909 Smells Like Team Spirit

Our new host, Maddy Macquine, was once politically active and physically active. She was in Year 5. It turns out, finding your sport can mean making some adjustments.

Looking Forward by Lee Robinson

On Friday evenings, Genamarie catches two trams in peak hour traffic to get to her tennis club. It can be a long journey but it’s all worth it. She plays a particular type of tennis.

Music: ‘Cue 1 – Emotive-Beautiful-Building (Gaia)’ by Soulaflair, ‘Tennis Court’ by Lorde 

Supervising Producer: Jordan Fennell

For Goodness Skate by Gabriella Joustra

Roller derby is the intersection between roller skating, violence, theatrically, feminism and the LGBTIQ+ community.

Original music composition and sound design: Lex Barlin

Supervising Producers: Jordan Fennell and Allison Chan

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Allison Chan

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Episode Mix and Compile: Elina Godwin

Host: Maddy Macquine

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

SYN Community Coordinator: Erin Dick

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Image: Unsplash CC: Ekansh Saxena

Music: ‘No Sports’ by Kink Marc Romboy