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The Butterfly Effect

Jon Ronson
Sun 5 April 6:30pm Centennial Hall
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A story about porn, but not in the way you’ve heard before. Ronson recounts his recent adventures, accompanied by some very strange video clips!

In this brand-new live show, British ‘journalist and moralist par excellence’, Jon Ronson, will recount his recent adventures in the porn world, based on his wildly acclaimed podcasts “The Butterfly Effect” and “The Last Days of August”. Expect a funny, mysterious – and occasionally sad – tale about porn, kindness, violence, and the wonders of remaining curious. Returning to FODI for a third time, Ronson is one of the world’s most electrifying and inquisitive storytellers. A bestselling author (The Psychopath Test, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed), an innovative screenwriter (Frank, Okja), and a treasured contributor to “This American Life”, Ronson began his latest journey by looking at what happened when the tech industry gave the world free porn and the lives that were mangled as a result. This will be the final FODI 2020 session, with never-before-heard stories, rare audio, and some very strange video clips.

[Ronson] knows that we are all complicated, all hypocritical, and he never reduces people to one thing or the other. Plus, he’s funny, and poses the toughest of questions in an utterly disarming way.
The Guardian

Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson’s nonfiction books include So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures With Extremists, Lost At Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats. All have been international and/or New York Times best-sellers, translated into more than 30 languages, and his two TED talks have been watched 15 million times.

Jon Ronson’s original screenplays include the critically acclaimed Netflix original Okja, which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, and Frank. Okja was selected to compete for the Palm D’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and Frank won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards. The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney.

In the US, Jon Ronson is a regular contributor to This American Life, The New York Times and GQ magazines, and regularly appears as a guest on radio and TV. In the UK he writes for The Guardian; his documentaries include Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and seven seasons of the multi-award-winning BBC Radio 4 programme Jon Ronson On… His most recent works are the Audible Original Series The Butterfly Effect and The Last Days of August.

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Tickets go on sale January 30
Sunday
5 April
6:30pm
Sydney Town Hall
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$49
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$44.10
Get 3+ sessions for a 15% discount (10% on concession).