We saw Joss Whedon give the Keynote Address
at the Melbourne Writers Festival last night.
He was interveiwed by Dr Sue Turnbull
, an Associate Professor in Media Studies at La Trobe Uni, and apparently a respected Buffyologist.
Whedon was charming and witty and self-deprecating, as usual. But he seemed a bit jet-lagged, vagueing out half way through an answer. And Dr. Turnbull seemed a bit star-struck. Her questions were like fan questions often are: nervous, rambling statements with a question mark tacked on the end. The two never seemed to quite click.
Whedon perked up, though, for the audience Q&A.
"Audience Q&A" is a phrase that makes my bowels clench in dread. The one at Bret Easton Ellis was cringeworthy - "Which of your characters would win in a fight?" "Do you want to do drugs with me?" "Can I have your Grindr nick?".
But the Q&A at Joss Whedon was the highlight of the night. The questions were succinct and interesting. There was minimal fawning. And Whedon's answers were both funny and insightful. One thing I learnt: Whedon was in talks with Ronald D. Moore to direct an episode of Battlestar Galactica. He pulled out, he said, because he didn't want to have the plot spoiled for him.
More quotes from the night can be found in this Gizmodo article
Overall? It was good, but it lacked depth. I would have much preferred to hear Whedon give an actual speech. He's witty and charming, and he has interesting things to say.