Panel discussion: The rise of true crime genre

From true crime articles to podcasts, join a panel of esteemed journalists and exhibition curator, Nerida Campbell in a thought-provoking discussion of the rise of true crime as a genre.

Hear more about the process, ethics and experience of investigating and writing true crime and why it’s so popular today.

Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this an hour before or after the talk. 

Ages 16+


The panellists

Photo courtesy Rachael Brown

Rachael Brown

Journalist, ABC News

Broadcast journalist, Rachael Brown, is an RMIT graduate who began her career with the ABC more than 15 years ago as its Melbourne cadet. She has since held several postings, including Europe Correspondent from 2010 to 2013. In 2008, she won the Walkley Award for Best Radio Current Affairs Report for her investigation into the Victorian Medical Practitioners Board, whose negligence contributed to the sexual assaults of 14 women. She is the creator, investigator and host of the ABC's first true-crime podcast, Trace, which reviews the cold case of Melbourne mother, Maria James, to check if crucial witnesses and details were overlooked. Trace won the 2017 Walkley Award for Innovation, for the way the podcast tapped into broad community grapevines, and attracted vital new leads from the public (through a special email address), which were rolled into subsequent episodes that allowed Trace to evolve as it went to air.

Photo courtesy Kate Wild

Kate Wild

Kate Wild’s first book, Waiting for Elijah, examines the repercussions of a police shooting that killed a mentally ill man in country NSW in 2009. Published by SCRIBE, it will be released in June 2018.

Kate is a multiple-award winning journalist with twenty years experience in long form factual and current affairs journalism. She has worked for programs as diverse as the ABC’s Four Corners, The Chasers’ War on Everything, and Insight on SBS.

As a reporter, she broke critical stories of the abuse of juvenile detainees in the Northern Territory, which laid the groundwork for a 2016 Four Corners program that sparked the establishment of a Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

As the ABC’s national reporter in the Northern Territory from 2014-2016, Kate filed investigative stories to Lateline, 7.30, AM/PM/The World Today, and ABC TV/radio and online news.

She returned to Sydney from Darwin in mid 2016.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Nerida Campbell

Nerida’s passion for history was influenced by childhood holidays spent at her grandmother’s farm, happily rifling through chests brimming with family photographs, generations of clothing and things she still can’t identify. Studies in history at the University of Sydney opened her eyes to the colour and drama of Sydney’s past and in particular its darker, shadowy stories. As a curator based at the Justice & Police Museum, Nerida’s work has focused on criminality, law and order, regional police stations and bushranging. An abiding interest in female criminals led her to curate the exhibition Femme Fatale. In Nerida’s words, ‘I feel privileged to work here with the amazing collections as I find something magical about “real” objects and the history they embody'.

Photo courtesy Sunil Badami

Sunil Badami

Sunil Badami is a writer, academic and broadcaster. He’s written for publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, The Australian, The Monthly, The New Daily, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Art and Australia, Southerly, Island, Westerly and Meanjin. His work has been published in Australia and overseas, including in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. He presented the national ABC Local Radio show Sunday Takeaway, and continues to appear regularly on ABC Radio and TV. His doctoral thesis was on the long and ignoble history of the Great Australian Literary Hoax, focusing on a number of Sydney true crime texts. He is currently editing his once-lost first novel for publication.

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When & Where

Wednesday 28 February 2018 6.30PM–8PM

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Museum: 02 9251 5988

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