(Un)Censored: Sex & Obscenity

After Dark at Justice & Police Museum

Spend the evening exploring the concept of obscenity and censorship in popular culture and the arts with our expert panel across film, literature and music.

Floor talks

Hear stories about the collection that were once considered too risqué for public consumption with curator Nerida Campbell.

Life drawing

Enjoy risqué life drawing with Gladdy Drawing Club in the Police Court throughout the evening. Drawing materials will be provided.

Immerse yourself

Hear actors from Jetpack Theatre recite texts from previously banned books and literature.

Grab a drink at the bar and listen to songs once thought too rude for radio as you explore the Justice & Police Museum after dark. 



Sunil Badami is a bon vivant, raconteur and flâneur. He’s also a writer, academic and broadcaster — as well as having been a trainee circus clown in England and sous chef in a pub on the Isle of Man, managing a sex shop in Kings Cross, working for Corrective Services NSW and becoming the last Grand Champion of Temptation (formerly Sale of the Century), one of Australia’s longest-running and richest quiz shows. Sunil has long explored the shadowy alleys of the city’s underbelly, having extensively researched Sydney’s crime history from the 1920s to the 1980s. Read more.

Dr Liz Giuffre is a Senior Lecturer in Communication for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Liz teaches into Music and Sound Design and the Communications Core, and her research explores popular music and popular cultures, including audience studies, genre studies and (post) broadcast radio and television. Read more.

Jack Sargeant is the author of numerous books and essays on underground film and culture, including Flesh And Excess: On Underground Film, Against Control, Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, and Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression. He has contributed introductory essays for books by Lydia Lunch, Joe Coleman, and Karolina Urbaniak and Martin Bladh, amongst others. His work frequently focuses on underground film, outsider art, photography, performance, and counter cultures. Read more.

Patrick Mullins is a Canberra-based writer and author of three books: Tiberius with a Telephone (2018), which won the 2020 National Biography Award and 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction; The Trials of Portnoy (2020), which was shortlisted for the 2021 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction; and, with Matthew Ricketson, Who needs the ABC?: Why taking it for granted is no longer an option (2022). Read more.

Booking essential

General: $30

Member: from $5 (includes a free drink)

Ticket includes museum entry.

18+. This is a licenced event.

Members enjoy a 20% discount on event tickets

When & Where

Friday 27 May 2022 5PM–8PM

Justice & Police Museum

Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
+612 02 9252 1144

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