Friday on My Mind


Friday on My Mind is a series of FREE talks* curated and hosted by AFTRS where cinephiles, industry, students and film-lovers alike can soak up some creative mind fuel - supplied by some of the best and brightest in the screen arts and broadcast industries. 

Friday on My Mind has been running since 2008 at AFTRS Sydney, with a Melbourne edition, held at ACMI, introduced in 2012.

  • The Friday on My Mind season generally runs from late February to the end of October-early-November each year.
  • All past sessions can be reviewed in the "Previous Guests' tab, at the bottom of this page.
  • Edited transcripts of many Friday on My Mind sessions are available in the School's self-published journal LUMINA and here on the AFTRS website to review.
Go to the LUMINA section of this site to search the article list for published Friday on My Mind interviews

John Clarke: The Satirical Eye

Satirist, performer, writer, producer and director, John Clarke (along with his long-time creative collaborator Brian Dawe) has mercilessly lampooned political leaders throughout his career.

The three-part documentary series, Sporting Nation which explored Australia's obsession with sport (and aired on the ABC in the lead up to the London Olympics) was full of laconic wit he is known for and was reminiscent of Clarke's much-loved, multi-award-winning TV satire The Games: the incisive mockumentary about the organisers of the 2000 Olympics, which he co-wrote and starred in alongside Gina Riley and Brian Dawe. Sporting Nation has been described as a kind of 'unconscious history of Australia'.

John will share his 30 plus years of experience in the industry, including collaborations with Paul Cox, acting in Death in Brunswick and Crackerjack, with host James Hewison to discuss his approaches to screenwriting, comedy, performance, producing and much more.

Guest: John Clarke

Doors open 5pm
ACMI (Federation Square, Melbourne)

* Tickets can be picked up from 10am at the ACMI ticket office.
Places are limited. First in best dressed.


After seven years the Sydney sessions are on a little break. Full details on future Sydney sessions will be posted here.

Review all Friday on My Mind past guests in the
'Previous Guests' tab below ...


*Attendees of Friday on My Mind must be aged 16 and up. Generally material shown and discussed is 15+ and if on the occasion R rated content is shown warnings will be given in advance.