Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday on My Mind: Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson

Image: Co-writer Tony Briggs with Director Wayne Blair

We'll be getting a dose of soul this afternoon as screenwriters Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson join Friday on My Mind to talk about their smash hit The Sapphires. So come along to AFTRS at 5pm and get your fix of screenwriting inspiration!
Friday September 28: Tony Briggs & Keith Thompson - Taking The Sapphires from Stage to Screen

Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson are the AWGIE award winning screenwriting duo behind The Sapphires. Building upon the foundations of Tony's Helpman Award winning stage play - an artistic retelling of his mother's and aunt's experiences in an Aboriginal girl group that sang for the troops in Vietnam - the screenplay for The Sapphires is a bigger and broader adventure, beautifully brought to the screen by director Wayne Blair and cinematographer Warwick Thornton. 
Having grossed over $12million at the box office, the cinematic crowdpleaser has landed as Australia's number 1 film for the year. Tony and Keith will discuss the remarkable journey of bringing a succesful stage-play to the screen, their collaborative writing process and the shared focus on crafting an 'accessible' film.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday on My Mind: Geoffrey Wright


Exciting news for this evening's FOMM session at AFTRS: the wonderful folks at Roadshow have brought in Romper Stomper in it's brand spanking new Blu Ray form for a screening after my interview with Geoffrey Wright. Australian cinema/Russell Crowe fans will NOT want to miss this!
Friday September 21:  Geoffrey Wright & Romper Stomper, 20 years on.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the controversial and highly original Australian film Romper Stomper(which has been been re-mastered and will be released on Blu-ray on October 3) we will revisit this grounbreaking piece of cinema with writer/director Geoffrey Wright. Geoffrey will discuss the impact of Romper Stomper, a film that pushed both him and the film's then young star Russell Crowe into the international spotlight and his penchant for creating dark & gritty films including Metal Skin, Cherry Falls and the Australian production of Macbeth starring Sam Worthington.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Showtime Cine Guide 8


On last week's Cine Guide I chat about the missable The Watch, the totally bonkers, must see Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and the simply superb Beasts of the Southern Wild - "a film that will go straight to your heart, and stay there."


Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday on My Mind: Kimble Rendall


This week Friday on My Mind is set to hit a whole new dimension!...Or at the very least we'll hear about shooting in 3D before a free screening of Kimble Rendall's shark flick Bait 3D

Come along for the Q&A at 5pm and walk around the corner to Hoyts EQ for a screening at 6:30pm. Friday night = sorted!
Friday September 14: Hooking Up with Bait 3D & Kimble Rendall

Writer, director and musician Kimble Rendall has made his filmmaking name as second unit director on big budget fare like Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, I, Robot, Casanova and Ghost Rider and has a swag of Aussie rock music music video directing credits to his name (A Rolling Stone poll, saw Kimble voted Australia's top music video director). Musically, he goes by the name 'Dag Rattler' in the punk rock band XL Capris, and he was a founding member of the Hoodoo Gurus.

On a roll, Kimble - who has recently signed on to direct the $25 million action-thriller Blowback, written by Brian Trenchard-Smith due to be filmed in Sydney next year - sees his second feature Bait 3D theatrically released this month after screening at Venice. A genre hybrid: horror/action/thriller, Bait 3D sees a battle between two massive great white sharks and a handfull of shoppers all trapped in a submerged coastal Australian supermarket in the aftermath of a tsunmai. 
Kimble will discuss the lure of the shark thriller, the challenges of shooting in 3D and his ascending directing career.

BONUS: The session will be followed by a special preview screening of BAIT 3D at 6:30pm at Hoyts EQ, courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Movie Club: Hit & Run


Rev-head Romance
Real life couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are absurdly cute together on screen in the high octane, crime rom-com Hit & Run. Yes this genre blending film makes for the perfect date flick as it embroils a love story in a series of car chases, with a lot of laughs to boot.
Written, produced, directed and starring Shepard, the film also benefits from a dreadlocked Bradley Cooper, a bumbling Tom Arnold, and some sweet rides, as the story careens into violent crime and ruefully un-pc comedy in an effort to keep an adorable couple together.
Join me, That Movie Guy Marc Fennell, and Trespass Magazine’s editor Beth Wilson as we get (the hell) out of dodge with Dax Shepard.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday on My Mind: Peter Duncan & Richard Roxburgh

Image - Richard & Peter

I'm a huge fan of Rake, so it goes without saying that I'm looking forward to this FOMM session! Please join the fun from 5pm at AFTRS.
Friday September 7Criminally Good TV - Peter Duncan & Richard Roxburgh 
Stepping up for the second season Peter Duncan and Richard Roxburgh the co-creators of Rake return to the murky legal waters and self-destructive domestic chaos of onscreen antihero, Sydney barrister Cleaver Greene. Season 1 earned Richard a Logie for 'Most Outstanding Actor', and an AWGIE Award for Peter. 
With extensive feature film runs on the board as a writer, director and producer, including Children of the RevolutionA Little Bit of Soul, and the AFI and IF Award winning drama Unfinished Sky Peter Duncan and Richard Roxburgh - one of Australia's most sought after stage and screen actors - will join us to discuss the trials and tribulations of their ongoing creative collaborations, and what it takes to return for a second season of criminally good TV.
And here's one of my favourite Rake rants:



*** Update: you can catch up with the first episode of Season 2 on ABC iView

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Movie Club: Moonrise Kingdom

Running away with Wes Anderson
Sign up for a dose of cinematic nostalgia with Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. The beloved director of Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Fantastic Mr Fox brings his intricate signature style and retro 60s chic to the heady days of first love.
This sweet story features impressive debuts from the young Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, which are further bolstered by another all star Anderson ensemble: Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton (as well as a few telltale cameos).
Join me, That Movie Guy Marc Fennell, and Trespass Magazine’s editor Beth Wilson as we swoon over Moonrise Kingdom.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hell is for Hyphenates


What a treat it was to spend a Sunday evening geeking out over films with the Hell is for Hyphenates team, Lee Zachariah and Paul Nelson. My guest appearance had only been some two years in the waiting (thanks for your patience, guys!), so I do hope they are happy with the results. I know I had a ball.

And what's more, this episode of Hell is for Hyphenates comes with a WORLD EXCLUSIVE review! I won't spoil the surprise, but if you're keen to know, click through to Lee's blog post.

Please do download the podcast to for an hour of fun listening:

Segment 1: August film wrap up with discussion on: The Bourne Legacy, Holy Motors, Cosmopolis, Moonrise Kingdom, Total Recall, The Sapphires

Segment 2: How much does your mood affect your film watching experience?

Segment 3: Filmmaker of the month (my pick!) = Steven Soderbergh. And herein lies the world exclusive.

Many thanks to Lee and Paul for inviting me on the show - it was too much fun!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Showtime Cine Guide 7


Heading to the cinema this weekend? My Showtime Cine Guide has a wrap up of all the new releases: Moonrise Kingdom, Finding Nemo 3D, The Expendables 2, Love, and Chinese Takeaway.

And Happy Father's Day for tomorrow! I think I'll be taking mine to watch things go boom (you'll see what I mean below):

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