Marc Fennell is an award winning journalist, broadcaster, authour, film critic, tech geek and the host of SBS’s nightly news show The Feed. In a career spanning the BBC, Network Ten, Foxtel and the ABC Marc has interviewed everyone from Julian Assange to Will Smith. He’s reported on everything from Porn films to Bollywood. Marc also hosts ABC Radio National’s technology programme Download This Show and is That Movie Guy for triple j radio. He also writes writes books you should totally buy for distant relatives this christmas.
Hi, what’s your name?
Where do you hail from?
Sydney. Yes, feel free to judge me accordingly
Who do you work for?
I host SBS’s nightly news show The Feed. I present ABC Radio National’s technology programme Download This Show. I also am That Movie Guy for the ABC’s national youth network triple j. I also write books and talk about movies to people. I’m interested in what we consume – our culture, our technology, our politics – and how that shapes the way we behave.
Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?
I learnt the broadcasting essentials from community radio when I was 17 at FBI 94.5 at 18 I was recruited to be part of a rebooted (and ill-fated) reboot of The Movie Show on SBS. From there I became the national film critic for triple j radio. I’ve presented about movies for everyone from Showtime to Network Ten to the BBC. Film criticism is still one of my passions but its not the length and breadth of who I am. The big shift came when I was recruited to joined Andrew Denton’s elaborate journalism experiment that would come to be known as Hungry Beast on ABC1. On that show I made comedy, quirky segments, serious technology journalism and more. After that Radio National approached me about building a weekly national technology radio show to explore everything from social media to information security. We called it Download This Show cos I believe in really literal titles. In 2013 I was approached to host my own nightly news show The Feed on SBS. It’s there that I’ve interviewed everyone from Julian Assage to Will Smith. Now I balance RN, SBS, triple j, my 2nd book – oh and my wife & I just had a little boy.
What are your career highlights?
In 2013 got the only Australian broadcast interview with the man who created the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Being able to invite your high school English teacher to my book launch. And I once had filmmaker P.T Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, The Master) in a radio studio and we went from the worst interview in the world to having an amazing chat that culminated in him singing Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe on the air.
Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
A hungry 7 month old.
Which other storytellers do you admire?
George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC. Charlie Brooker CH4/BBC.
What do you plan to share at Storyology?
Engaging younger audiences. I’ve spent a lot of my life working in youth focussed projects (hungry beast, triple j) and being hired by older organisations to attract a younger demographic (SBS, Radio National) Some have been more successful than others and there are lessons to be learned from all experiences.
Where can we find you?
Next to the buffet table.