Listen to When Women Won & What Would John Hughes Do?50:1919 November 2020

The 8th Amendment was one of Ireland’s most controversial pieces of legislation, heavily limiting women's reproductive rights. Filmmaker Anna Rodgers joins Richard to discuss When Women Won a documentary about the referendum to overturn the 8th Amendment and the emotional inside story of the Together for Yes campaign. When Women Won is screening as part of the Irish Film Festival of Australia’s 2020 programming.

Richard is also joined by Australian playwright, Wesley Enoch to chat about the launch of the 2021 Sydney Festival. Next year’s Sydney Festival will continue the festival’s proud 44-year history of commissioning and presenting inspiring and ground-breaking new Australian art, running from January 6th to 26th

These are probably questions you can’t answer but, What Would John Hughes Do? Is your adulthood living up to what you thought it would be? Writer and performer, Telia Neville, joins Richard to talk about her aforementioned play, a punk cabaret about pop-culture-induced expectations and the real experiences that follow. What Would John Hughes Do? Is part of Melbourne Fringe’s 2020 Digital Fringe programming.

Lastly, the Artistic Director of Photo 2021, Elias Redstone talks to Richard about the launch of the festival and to provide an overview of what will be on offer. Photo 2021 will run online and in-person from February 8th to March 7th, 2021.

Irish Film Festival Australia

Sydney Festival | SydFest 2021 Launch

What Would John Hughes Do | Melbourne Fringe

Photo 2021

About this program

Visual art, theatre, film and literature. Segments include:

  • 'Art Attack' - fortnightly visual arts reviews with Ace Wagstaff and Tai Snaith.
  • 'Shoot the Messenger' - fortnightly theatre news & reviews with Fleur Kilpatrick.
  • 'Drawn Out' - monthly chat about comic books and graphic novels with Bernard Caleo.

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Richard Watts has many years experience working in the arts industry, including five years as the Artistic Director of the youth arts organisation Express Media, seven years on the Board of Melbourne Fringe (including three years as Chair), and six years on the Committee of Management at La Mama Theatre, where he currently serves as Chair. Richard has helped program a range of festivals including Next Wave, the National Young Writers' Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the Emerging Writers' Festival (which he founded) and he has written for various broadsheets, journals, zines and magazines. Currently he pays the rent by working as the Performing Arts Editor at In his spare time he watches old Doctor Who episodes.

The podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.