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Thu, 18 July


Better Read Than Dead

The Director and the Daemon Launch and In-Conversation

Join us with Pitaya Chin to celebrate the release of The Director and the Daemon! Pitaya will be in-conversation with Partho Sen-Gupta.

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The Director and the Daemon Launch and In-Conversation
The Director and the Daemon Launch and In-Conversation

Time & Location

18 July 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

The Director and the Daemon follows the director of a big budget Australian sci-fi TV show grappling with the dilemma of corporate sponsorship, and their infatuation with their beautiful but selfish lead star, Kit; and an unnamed young radical struggling to find themselves as their political movement—and the found family derived from it—implodes around them. The two characters’ worlds become increasingly interconnected as they’re forced to make big decisions, and take action, in the face of civil unrest.

The Director and the Daemon is a character-driven novel of ideas that is beautiful, funny, provocative, and deeply felt. It pokes fun at the arts industry, even as it values creativity and art-making, while asking difficult questions about action without ideology and ideology without action. It challenges all of us to think about how we can move from passivity to change, especially in the face of climate change.

Our event space is wheelchair accessible via a stair lift. Please contact with any additional access requirements and/or questions.

Pitaya Chin is the author of the Stella shortlisted and Barbara Jefferis winning novel Revenge, and Real Differences (both published under a different pen name). She lives alternating between Melbourne and Sydney and has had work published by New Socialist, Meanjin, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Burning House Press and Social Text Periscope.

Partho Sen-Gupta is a Sydney-based film writer, director and producer. He first worked as Art Director and Production Designer on feature films, TV series and commercials in India. Partho has also been a member of International film festival juries and sits on the board of the Australian Director's Guild - ADG and the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Society - ASDACS. Partho worked as a Senior Lecturer in Directing at the Australian Film, Television, Radio School (AFTRS) 2021-2023.


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