Queensland Premiere

Conversations with men (sold out)

Queensland Premiere

Conversations with men (sold out)

Conversations With Men (CWM) is an exploration of masculinity, vulnerability and the tender connection between men and their childhood selves. Moderated by writer, broadcaster and feminist community builder Clementine Ford.

CWM invites five local Sunshine Coast men to speak to the boys they used to be about the men they learned to become. In this intimate space, and through the generosity of these performers, CWM also invites audience members to reflect on how society informs and shapes masculinity in the minds of some of our littlest humans.


Matt Golinski

Sunshine Coast born and bred Matt Golinski is a professional chef with a passion for creating cuisine using fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients.

Well known as one of the original team members of the popular ‘Ready Steady Cook’ television series, Matt has worked as executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants over his 32-year career.  He now enjoys working as a consulting chef to restaurants, being a regular guest chef at festivals and events, and writing food articles for InNoosa and Hello Sunshine magazines.

Matt lives with his wife and two young daughters on their property in the Noosa hinterland, where his focus has turned to learning about growing the food he loves to cook.

Jon Coghill

Jon Coghill is a musician, journalist and screenwriter who grew up on a diet of footy, science and drumming in the sugarcane town of Nambour, Queensland.

He moved to Brisbane for university but ended up in a rock band called Powderfinger. They toured, made albums, got awards, and won Triple J’s Hottest 100 twice. In the meantime, Jon lost his sanity and hearing.

After Powderfinger, he went back to university and now works as a journalist at the ABC.

Recently, Jon co-founded the Sunny Coast Showdown, presented by the Bendigo Bank Community Bank with former US Survivor producer Dan Munday, and the Sunshine Coast Screen Collective.

The Showdown is a not-for-profit screen incubator that provides successful applicants with mentoring, support, and funding to produce their film and TV projects.

Jandamarra Cadd

Jandamarra Cadd is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung descendent whose vibrant and expressive portraits bring the viewer deep into the psyche of his subjects.

He uses a variety of styles and mediums, with his unique blend of traditional aboriginal art techniques along with his own signature contemporary portraiture. He has been a finalist in every major Portrait Art Prize in Australia and is in very high demand as an inspirational speaker and ambassador.

Jandamarra hopes to reach as many people as possible through his creativity and storytelling, to share his dream and passion for a united Australia where the beauty and value of Aboriginal culture is viewed with equality and respect.

Wayne Parcell PSM

Brisbane born and educated Wayne Parcell PSM is a community activist, founder and Director of The Rangebow Festival (and its parent charity), which celebrates the creative life and spirit of The Range communities on the Sunshine Coast with a focus on diversity, inclusion, sustainability and reconciliation.

He is twice married with two (now adult) children, and lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Wayne’s professional life includes a legal career in private practice and at global consulting firm EY, and government service in Australia and overseas in immigration, defence, intelligence and security, and taxation.

He received a Special Award from the Australian Tourist Commission in 1995 and was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1996.

Tobias Ford

Tobias is an eternal optimist and idealist who strives to solve ‘big’ problems with innovative solutions.  Success for Tobias is entwined with the triumph of overcoming a barrier or reframing an obstacle into something manageable.

A new father, husband, professional, student and brother to CWM creator Clementine Ford, Tobias embraces challenges and strives to be his best self in all of life’s arenas.

With eclectic tastes, Tobias has a passion for literature, stage, and heavier musical genres, yet is a lover of contemporary pop and geek culture.  With a cheeky sense of humour, Tobias is a proud contrarian and always up for a robust conversation on the merits and flaws of any of the philosophies heaven and earth has to offer.


  • Creator and moderator, Clementine Ford
  • Producer, Martin Brown
  • Featuring special guest speakers:
    • Matt Golinski
    • Jon Coghill
    • Jandamarra Cadd
    • Wayne Parcell
    • Tobias Ford


  • Out of respect to our invited guest speakers, we ask that patrons do not record, livestream, or video this event, to ensure a safe and closed space for our performers.
  • Duration: 120 minutes
Image credit: Sarah Enticknap

Visual Content Rating
50: This performance is mostly made up of dialogue, and includes projection and a Q+A session.

Language No Barrier
This is a spoken performance.

Companion Cards
Horizon Festival is proud to support the Companion Card program. Companion Card holders are eligible for a second ticket at no cost for their companion.

To access a complimentary companion ticket, please contact our team via horizon@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Any other access requirements
We welcome all audiences to Horizon Festival and strive to make every event and performance as accessible as possible.

We are always open to discussing your individual requirements to assist wherever possible. If you’d like to speak to someone about your access requirements, please contact us during business hours at (07) 5475 7272 or horizon@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Wheelchair Accessibility
This venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs. Seating for people who use wheelchairs will be clearly marked.

Accessible bathrooms are available on site within the Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival Hub garden.

Accessible car parks are available at the northern end of the carpark adjacent to The Wonderland Spiegeltent.

Level Access
Entry to The Wonderland Spiegeltent, and all seating, is via level access.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms
All Festival Hub garden bathrooms are gender-neutral.

There are various public carparks and plenty of street parking in and around Cotton Tree Park, where The Wonderland Spiegeltent is located. We encourage you to check the parking signs for timed carparks and bays.

Public Transport
The Wonderland Spiegeltent is centrally located in Cotton Tree and easily accessible via public transport. Visit the Translink website to plan your journey.

Suitable for ages 12+

This event is presented as part of Horizon Festival 2023, the Sunshine Coast’s leading multi-arts festival. Get lost in 10 days of must-see art, music, culture events and more, from the coast to the hinterland.

How to get there

Conversations with men (sold out)

Wonderland Spiegeltent, Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore / Kabi Kabi Country