• Sci-Fi & Squeam

    Queer Geeks of Oz

    LIVE every Tuesday night from 10 to 11pm, Sci-fi and Squeam brings the Queer geek listener and friends all the things happening in the geeksverse, from topics in Horror and Sci-Fi, comics and video games and fan culture, to interviews and reviews, with regular segments including:

    Behind The Mask (comics), DylStick (video games), The A to Z of Horror (movies), The Couch (science fiction TV and film), Lady Killers on TV (Emma and Tina with Genre TV reviews and more), The Paper Trail (with Matt Emery on Kiwi and Oz comics) and The Reader (fantasy fiction).

    So for a heap of Queer geekiness tune in for your genre fix in Oz or abroad or ... intergalactic!


Recent Posts

  • The Geographic World of Anthony Lucas

    In the studio Sonja speaks to Oscar nominated Aussie animator Anthony Lucas!  

    Discussing his work the wonderful and groundbreaking Oscar and BAFTA nominated The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, talking about his fellow cohorts who will all be talking at ACMI’s prestigious Legends of Animation happening at ACMI Monday night the 15th of September in Melbourne town @6.15pm !!

    ‘This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from Australia’s best animators is not to be missed.’

    Includes :

    Bruce Petty received Australia’s first short animation Oscar® in 1977 for the satirical and still highly relevant hand-drawn animation, Leisure.

    Adam Elliot, a master of the more traditional animation form of clay modelling, won an Oscar® in 2004 for his short Harvie Krumpet.

    Shaun Tan and his collaborators shaped the beautiful illustrations in his children’s book, The Lost Thing, into a moving 3D-animated film that won the Oscar® in 2011.     As well as Anthony of course…..Anthony Lucas 1

    Anthony Lucas is a artist of many talents animator and film maker including working with Spike Jonze on Where the Wild Things Are ( The Squeamers most favourite Monster movie! ) to working on TV projects of the fantastical and fanciful for children’s television to working on a web series,  his ‘maverick vision’ for Tim Winton’s book of The Turning. Puppets, Saul Bass, Stink Bugs, how Russians do special effects, and his desire to make R Rated Horror Rom Coms and much more….

    Yes, remember the  MONSTER is in us ALL….

    Here is a video of Jasper Morello:

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  • Lego is Awesome!

    Episode # 36  Tuesday the 9th of September 2014 :   In the studio with Sonja The Squeamer are the Ladies of Lego for the FIRST time are LIVE in the studio: Jacqui Prain-Madden and Karryn Prain-Madden, joined together in a passion for Lego that spans decades and binds them in a Joy that is for the first time heard on the AIR!!

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    Ratz Brix is the place to see and find out all about the Lego projects they have worked on to date and find out about ongoing and some upcoming ones!

    Jacqui and Karryn chat about Why Lego? Their Journey, What they have made, How they make such awesome projects, What is on their front lawn (watch out barefoot intruders, BEWARE!), Brickvention, and What is it?  Vegemite Jar Lego? and much more chat on the greatest Building Bricks in the Universe!

    Below Karryn and some Lego Engineering in action!

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    Here is Ratz Brix and the recently completed Ratz Clowns

    And BELOW is THE World Famous Lego Vegemite Jar by Ratz Brix !

    And Sonja The Squeamer also spoke to Adam Harris who as ‘ a Star Wars fan in Brisbane, Australia had an event that would set up on a path of him living his dream. In October 2010 he was diagnosed with a brain abnormality called a cavernoma hemangioma (tumour like growth)’….’There was a promise he made himself when he left that hospital and that was to pursue his dream to become a film-maker.’ And so Adam is pursuing that awesome Dream by ‘ exploring the bonds they have with the Star Wars universe and the legacy that they hope to leave behind for future generations of fans and to their children.’

    It proves there is more to Star Wars then Lightsabers and Wookies there is the Inter-Generational passion and bonds of that fan-love which supports and nurtures people like Adam and his colleagues and he explains why that is important!


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    “Star Wars has touched the lives of millions…who’d of thought it would save one”

    Message from Adam here !  and the amazing proceeds going towards a GREAT cause!

    Help support Adam so he can make his Star Wars doco and may the Force be With Him …

    Enjoy this Podcast because Lego IS Awesome and the Force is with Us 


  • Fae, Bi-Sexual Faeries, Banshees, Lizards and Lesbians !

    Episode # 35 in the JOY 949 studio with The Squeamer , Lisa Sinclair and The Couch and some Lesbian Lizard talk on Dr Who, and returning are the ladies of Lady Killers on Tv: Emma and Tina !…and much mucho more !!

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    Chatting LIVE about “that” kiss on Dr Who…and it’s banning in some countries Lisa on The Couch talks about Dr Who updates and other news…..Tina and Emma from Lady Killers on TV explore the realms of Fae and Faeries of the television variety from Lost Girl and True Blood!

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    And we say fare the well to long time  support person Gerry Costigan ..ADIEU Gerry we LOVE you!

    BELOW: Gerrella!


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  • What We Do In The Second Breakfast on JOY 949

    2ND KAI TIME !!  In the studio at JOY 949 in Melbourne The Squeamer does her SECOND BREAKFAST thing with special guest Taika Waititi the film maker and actor of all things Good as Gold Kiwi such as Eagle VS Shark and Boy and now What We Do in The Shadows a film about a sharehouse/flat and some vampires who live in it in Vellington!

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    So  what has the reception for the film been like overseas ?   What it is like to be  one of the few Maori film makers alongside Jemaine Clement  (himself and Jemaine share directorial duties for this new vampire film  )….

    Below the movie BOY (trailer): the #1 Box office sensation !!

    Who is his favourite Superhero?          What of those Flight of  the Conchord rumours? ……and much more….



    and what about Queer characters in any of his future projects..?

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    Below: What We Do In The Shadows trailer:

    Below Taika and The Squeamer at JOY 949 Thursday the 4th of September 2014…SECOND KAI TIME!!

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  • Between The Pages: Women and Comics

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    Above All Star Women In Comics Club TOP Left ,  Right Cazz and Fur Friends reads comics! 

    Episode # 34 In the studio at JOY 949. Tuesday the 26th of August 2014 in the studio with Sonja The Squeamer is Cazz AKA Nerd Burger ! 

    What is Nerd Burger?  Nerd-Burger.com ‘is my place to share my knowledge of comic books, peeks from my daily life, my personal style, DIY projects and things I love. Comic book reading, crafting, cat loving nerd.’  That is who Cazz is..and we were lucky enough to have her in the studio talking about comics, women in comics, Geekie stuff and something called:

    All Star Women’s Comic Book Club We are a group of women who love comic books. Come join us fortnightly/monthly to chat comics and make new friends.’

    ‘All Star Women’s Comic Book Club has it’s first meet up Saturday the 30th of August at 1000 Pound Bend 


    This club is all about sharing your love and excitement of comic books with other women. That means if you want to chat about the characters you think are the coolest, an in-depth discussion about feminism or just hanging out and reading, this club is for you. 
    The All Star Women’s Comic Club is open to all levels of women readers! From those who have never read a comic, through to those who can name all 3600 sectors in the Green Lantern universe.

    We are excited to announce the first ever All Star Women’s Comic Book Club meet up!
    Date: Saturday 30th August
    Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
    Place: 1000 Pound Bend Café (Back room) 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
    Cost: FREE!’

    So what does Cazz  recommend we read in the Comicsverse?  What about Queers in comics?  Find out in this PODCAST!!

    Ms Marvel !    ‘It’s imperative that we support this story so that it sets a precedent for Marvel to start telling stories about a wider variety of people and inject some freshness back into superhero comics.’

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    The Squeamer also did a look see into this years Emmy awards and Fare welled True Blood…but more of that Next Week when the ladies of TV return with Lady Killers On TV 

    All Star Comics here

    Image Comics 

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    Marvel and Ms Marvel 

    Below, Nerd Burger World !


  • Second Breakfast and Van Diemen’s Land …

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    SECOND BREAKFAST Time ! It was an early August Thursday morning BEFORE…….

    Stranger With My Face Film Festival

    Sim O’Dea came into the studio with The Squeamer to chat about that and Women In Horror Recognition Month and also the FACTS about women in Hollywood and film making and what are the STATS?

    Listen to the podcast to find out!

    “It is important for women to be directors, because it is the director’s vision that ultimately defines what you see onscreen. Letting woman take charge of bringing images to life onscreen will result in more living, breathing models of female behavior.” 
    Movie Historian – Jeanine Basinger


    Sim is currently working behind the scenes on both the ‘Women in Horror Recognition Month’ Fundraiser (to be held in Feb 2015, Melbourne) and her fourth year at ‘Monster Fest’ (Monster Pictures Film Festival) where she works in the events and sponsorship sector.

    Sim has been fortunate to have had the opportunities to work in a variety of roles on various film projects and was given the honor of being one of the judges for ‘Trasharama a go-go’ Film Festival.She is currently a regular writer for the Melbourne based fanzine ‘Munster Times’ and remains passionately devoted to the local horror community.

    Sim is currently working on completing a psychedelic thriller ‘Under a Kaleidoscope’ (Directed by Addison Heath) as well as writing a script for her own project.

    Women In Tasmania!


  • Liberty and the Internet: Can We Watch it in Oz?

    Piracy. Privacy.People and the Internet. The future in Australia and NZ.


    Sonja the Squeamer speaks to Jon Lawrence from the EFA ( Electronic Frontiers Australia).

    He is the Executive Officer of this organisation that serves the public in information sharing and promoting digital freedom and access and privacy in Australia and has been doing so now for 20 years ( established 1994).

    ‘EFA was established in January 1994 and incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act (S.A.) in May 1994. EFA’s registration number is 101007096.

    EFA is independent of government and commerce and is funded by membership subscriptions and donationsfrom individuals and organisations with an altruistic interest in promoting online civil liberties.’

    ‘Our major objectives are to protect and promote the civil liberties of users and operators of computer based communications systems such as the Internet, to advocate the amendment of laws and regulations in Australia and elsewhere (both current and proposed) which restrict free speech and to educate the community at large about the social, political, and civil liberties issues involved in the use of computer based communications systems.’



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    TechLiberty (NZ equivalent to the EFA)

    ‘The Tech Liberty group is inspired by the Electronic Freedom Foundation, but as individuals we look to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the NZ Bill of Rights Act, and our society’s tradition of steadily expanding human rights over hundreds of years.’

    “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”

    “Who watches the watchmen?”
    - Juvenal, Satires, VI, 347

  • In The Shadows of the Internet: Piracy or Freedom?

    In the studio with Sonja The Squeamer is Tim Stone the film maker of something called The Golden Age of Piracy a mini-doco at ABC ARTS ….

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    On The Golden Age of Piracy:

    ‘As everyday Australians choose to download movies and tv shows via the internet, a once loved fixture of the local shopping strip is disappearing fast.’

    ‘An exploration of the evolution, motivation and attitudes behind Australia’s high rates of piracy and the slow demise of the cultural institution that is the local video store.’

    So what of video and internet piracy ( so called) in Oz ?

    Downloading what is Right what is Wrong?

    What does it mean to video rental stores and in particular one of the last owners of these stores?

    Sonja Speaks to Derk de Vreugt the proprietor of Picture Search in Richmond, Melbourne, what is his experience?

    Sonja also chats to Jon Lawrence Executive Officer from EFA or Electronic Frontiers Australia and he explains some of the concerns and updates on the status in Australia when it comes to illegal downloading and piracy. What does this mean for geeks?

    Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc. (EFA) is a non-profit national organisation that has been promoting digital freedom, access and privacy in Australia since 1994.

    EFA was established in January 1994 and incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act (S.A.) in May 1994. EFA’s registration number is 101007096.


    ‘We know that Australian theatrical, DVD and VOD releases lag behind the rest of the world by as much as months. Australians aren’t reluctant to pay for content – a Pocketbook study found that despite the fact that it is actively geoblocked in Australia, Nexflix is the second most popular paid-content media company in Australia.

    With a desire to keep up with the rest of the world and a willingness to pay for it, are there legal digital alternatives to movie piracy in Australia?’

    So what should we be REALLY worried about in the digital realms?

    CAN I WATCH IT ? here 



  • Being 1st : Mattie Do arrives in Oz for Stranger With My Face….

    Sonja The Squeamer spoke to Mattie Do, the very first female director from Lao, Do … is the first female director of a Lao feature film. Her directorial debut Chanthaly is the first horror film written and directed entirely in Laos, as well as the first to be screened at major film festivals outside of Southeast Asia. mattie do for podcast 1download Chanthaly succeeds as a ghost story that refuses to conform to the rules of neighbouring industries in Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan or anywhere else. It is no small achievement that Chanthaly exists at all, and worthy of genuine praise and attention for proving such an engaging and unsettling piece of work. – James Marsh, Twitchfilm.comswmf_header-2014_logos3 Below Image from her film : ChanthalyPop singer Amphaiphun Phimmapunya stars in the leading role as Chanthaly, alongside Douangmany Soliphanh and Soukchinda Duangkhamchan chanthaly_2__large Mattie talked about her experiences as a very rare person indeed, the ONLY woman director from Laos, what that is like, the experiences in Lao and how it differs from the ‘West’, how she got the film made, the uniqueness of the Lao movie goer, what Horror films influenced her, being accepted for the Fantastic Film Fest, her next film and what to do after that ?…..World Domination perhaps? ( along with Tasmania .. of course! ) Mattie Do is here in Oz for the awesome Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival  currently on NOW in Tasmania!!

     LINKS : SBS  Article about Stranger With My Face Film Festival here !

    chantaly ghost image Chanthaly FACEBOOK page here !

    Chanthaly movie Trailer below:


    Dearest Sister. ..her next film!


  • For the Love of Animation : Correcting Colours.

    Where Love Is A Treasure…..Juan and Koray .

    In the studio at JOY 949 in Melbourne town, it was SECOND BREAKFAST time, a time when geeks rise early in the morning and talk geekie stuff!

    In the studio Sonja speaks to animator Juan Chacolier about his film project, short film and animation: Correcting Colours , which screened at the Melbourne International Animation Festival    in June…

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    Also in the studio is Koray Adal, partner to Juan and they share a story or two about themselves, being Gay, being Out and about the importance of Diversity..and also what their fave Tim Burton films are too!

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    It all makes for very splendid brekkie, a SECOND BREAKFAST, one Thursday morning on JOY 949 !