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Interview: Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy)

Interview: Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy). By Simon Miraudo. Catriona McKenzie says her feature debut Satellite Boy is a descendant of such Aussie classics as Storm Boy and Walkabout. A good thing then that she’s recruited the legendary David Gulpilil from those flicks to appear in her movie too. The picture stars newcomers Cameron Wallaby and […]

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Interview: Naomie Harris (Skyfall)

Interview: Naomie Harris (Skyfall). By Simon Miraudo. Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond adventure, is the highest grossing in the super-spy’s 50-year cinematic history. Helmed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes and starring the blonde Bond-shell himself, Daniel Craig, it features 007 squaring off against a demented former MI6 agent (Javier Bardem) who is seeking vengeance against […]

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Interview: Joel Murray (God Bless America)

Interview: Joel Murray (God Bless America). By Simon Miraudo. Bobcat Goldthwait has long since abandoned his signature howl and established himself as a writer and director of films with a particularly twisted sense of humour (but they have heart too; we swear!). He follows up Shakes the Clown, Sleeping Dogs Lie, and World’s Greatest Dad with […]

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Interview: Abel Ferrara (Go Go Tales, Bad Lieutenant)

Interview: Abel Ferrara (Go Go Tales, Bad Lieutenant). By Simon Miraudo. The irascible writer-director Abel Ferrara has never been backwards about coming forwards.  When Werner Herzog made a sequel/spin-off to his legendary Bad Lieutenant, the disapproving Ferrara suggested those involved “die in hell.” Herzog responded by claiming he had no idea who this Abel character was: […]

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Interview: Ben Lewin (The Sessions)

Interview: Ben Lewin (The Sessions). By Simon Miraudo. When The Sessions (formerly The Surrogate) claimed the top prizes at Sundance earlier in the year, it wasn’t a plucky American upstart that took to the stage and basked in the applause. Instead, 66-year-old Australian writer-director Ben Lewin made his way to the podium, accompanied by wife […]

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Interview: Paul Fenech (Housos vs. Authority)

Interview: Paul Fenech (Housos vs. Authority). By Simon Miraudo. Paul Fenech is responsible for some of Australia’s most popular – and controversial – TV series, having created and starred in Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers, and Housos. His most recent feature film, Housos vs. Authority, hit the big screen last week, and his rabid fan […]

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Interview: Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)

Interview: Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master). By Simon Miraudo. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s reputation is such that merely uttering the titles of his six feature films should be enough of an introduction. Frankly, the press shy auteur would probably prefer his work speak for itself. He’s enjoyed a nearly unprecedented run of creative success since making […]

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Interview: Pete Travis (Dredd 3D)

Interview: Pete Travis (Dredd 3D). By Simon Miraudo. What if you were tasked with bringing a beloved comic book character into the 21st century, but had to follow in the footsteps of a much-maligned movie that is known best for betraying its fan base? What if your film sat on the shelf for over a […]

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Interview: Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly)

Interview: Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly). By Simon Miraudo. Ben Mendelsohn has long been one of Australia’s favourite actors, alternately playing adorable romantic leads, comic imbeciles, and chilling villains. Though he can’t boast an Oscar nomination like his Animal Kingdom co-star Jacki Weaver, the success of that 2010 crime drama has seen his shares skyrocket, […]

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Interview: P.J. Hogan (Mental)

Interview: P.J. Hogan (Mental). By Simon Miraudo. A lot has changed for P.J. Hogan and Toni Collette since their oddball Aussie comedy Muriel’s Wedding hit cinemas back in 1994. That picture’s international success paved the way for Collette’s astounding career and numerous accolades, while Hogan has passed the time by helming high-profile American flicks such […]

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Interview: Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man)

Interview: Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man). By Simon Miraudo. Reports of folk legend Rodriguez’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The Detroit local – considered an equal to Bob Dylan amongst music insiders – released the album Cold Fact in 1970, but it soon sank without a trace. Rumours that the singer killed himself during […]

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Interview: Kimble Rendall (Bait 3D)

Interview: Kimble Rendall (Bait 3D). By Simon Miraudo. It’s been more than 35 years since Jaws scared everyone out of the water, and Bait 3D wants to extend our rational fear of great white sharks to the formerly safe aisles of the supermarket. Aussie filmmaker Kimble Rendall made horror flick Cut back in 2000, and […]

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Interview: Cate Shortland (Lore)

Interview: Cate Shortland (Lore). By Simon Miraudo. Cate Shortland‘s feature debut, Somersault, entered Aussie film lore when it became the biggest ever winner at the AFI awards. With the shadow of its success looming large, she waited eight years to deliver her follow-up, the fittingly titled Lore. And it might similarly enter the record books […]

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Interview: John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings)

Interview: John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings). By Simon Miraudo. If you’re ever embarking on a grand adventure, there are a number of fictional characters who you’d want by your side. Near the top of that list is Indiana Jones’ Egyptian buddy Sallah, Frodo’s trusty Dwarf warrior Gimli, and, perhaps significantly further down […]

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Interview: Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Interview: Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). By Simon Miraudo. One of the year’s most buzzed about films is Beasts of the Southern Wild; a lyrical, magical, heart-swelling little fable set in Southern Louisiana. When a hurricane destroys the home of young Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her daddy Wink (Dwight Henry), the two are […]

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Interview: Clark Gregg (The Avengers)

Interview: Clark Gregg (The Avengers). By Simon Miraudo. Clark Gregg is one of the busiest character actors in Hollywood; a reliable and welcome presence in more than 65 film and TV shows (such as The West Wing, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Spartan, and 500 Days of Summer), not to mention a prolific screenwriter […]

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Interview: Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister)

Interview: Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister). By Simon Miraudo. Mumblecore maven Lynn Shelton saw how the other half lived when she directed an episode of Mad Man. It was an experience that left her wondering if rigid scripts were indeed preferable to improvisation. “You mean the words are all here? [Laughs] I don’t have to […]

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Interview: Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar)

Interview: Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar). By Simon Miraudo. Philippe Falardeau‘s filmmaking career began with the tantalising opportunity to travel the globe as a contestant on Canada’s Race Around the World. Two decades later, and he’s an Oscar nominee walking the red carpet alongside George Clooney and Glenn Close.  His Monsieur Lazhar lost the Best Foreign […]

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Interview: Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre)

Interview: Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre). By Simon Miraudo. Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (ah-kee kaur-oohs-mak-ee – more fun to pronounce than even Michel Hazanavicius!) is one of the most acclaimed writer-directors in the world. Famous for his adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, as well as The Match Factory Girl and The Man Without a Past, he also has a reputation as something of a renegade. Kaurismäki […]

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Interview: Wayne Blair (The Sapphires)

Interview: Wayne Blair (The Sapphires). By Simon Miraudo. Wayne Blair‘s adaptation of Tony Briggs’ stage-play The Sapphires is one of the most highly-anticipated Australian releases of the year, and it earned that designation even before debuting to rapturous acclaim at Cannes, where notorious super-producer Harvey Weinstein suggested it would follow in the footsteps of The Artist. […]

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Interview: Miguel Gomes (Tabu)

Interview: Miguel Gomes (Tabu). By Simon Miraudo. “When you can be moved by things that are unbelievable, that’s when cinema starts to be really interesting for me.” Miguel Gomes‘ beguiling Tabu won the Alfred Bauer Prize for Artistic Innovation and the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival this year, and is set to continue enthralling and confounding […]

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Interview: Benjamin Walker and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)

Interview: Benjamin Walker and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). By Simon Miraudo. Benjamin Walker, star of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and stage musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, claims the rare honour of having portrayed two American presidents, though, sadly, his proposed “James Monroe, Gigolo” will likely never come to fruition. In Timur Bekmambetov‘s adaptation […]

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Interview: Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Get Old)

Interview: Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Get Old). By Simon Miraudo. Kevin Smith‘s seminal cult comedy Clerks is nearing its twentieth anniversary, but the legacy of its breakout characters Jay and Silent Bob refuses to die. Smith has proven himself to be far from ‘Silent’ over the course of his career, now totally focused […]

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Interview: Rolf de Heer (The King is Dead!)

Interview: Rolf de Heer (The King is Dead!). By Simon Miraudo. Rolf de Heer is one of Australia’s most significant filmmakers, having produced such local classics as Dingo, Bad Boy Bubby, Alexandra’s Project, and The Tracker, as well as AFI Best Picture and Cannes Un Certain Regard prize winner Ten Canoes. He returns with the […]

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Interview: Peter Templeman (Not Suitable for Children)

Interview: Peter Templeman (Not Suitable for Children). By Simon Miraudo. It has been half a decade since Australian director Peter Templeman scored an Oscar nomination for his short film The Saviour. In the years since he’s been working hard to get his first feature up and running, and the fruit of his labour is the […]

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Interview: Crispin Glover

Interview: Crispin Glover. By Simon Miraudo. You may recognise Crispin Glover as George McFly from Back to the Future, and you may even recognise him from Back to the Future Part 2 (though it isn’t him in the second instance, and he’ll tell you all about the lawsuit he filed against the makers for unlawfully […]

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Interview: Maïwenn (Polisse)

Interview: Maïwenn (Polisse). By Simon Miraudo. Mononymous French filmmaker Maïwenn is one of Europe’s most promising directors thanks to her recent effort Polisse; a sprawling, ensemble drama about the men and women of France’s Child Protection Unit, and the endless stream of depressing cases they face each day. She’s perhaps best known for her work in front of the camera; as baby-blue […]

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Interview: Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman)

Interview: Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman). By Simon Miraudo. Commercial and short film director Rupert Sanders makes his feature debut with Snow White and the Huntsman, a gritty retelling of the Brothers Grimm legend with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth as the title characters (we’ll let you guess who plays whom). It can […]

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Interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair)

Interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair). By Simon Miraudo. Danish actor Mikkel Boe Følsgaard makes his feature film debut in Nikolaj Arcel‘s A Royal Affair, starring as notorious King of Denmark Christian VII. Not only was he faced with the difficult task of portraying a historical figure dismissed today as simply “the mad king,” he also had to share the screen with […]

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Interview: James Harkness and Natalie Eleftheriadis (Birthday)

Interview: James Harkness and Natalie Eleftheriadis (Birthday). By Simon Miraudo. This interview was originally published on August 23, 2011. Birthday arrives on DVD in Australia June 21, 2012. Check out our review here. James Harkness’ new feature film Birthday – adapted from his controversial stage play of the same name – stars Natalie Eleftheriadis as M, a high-end call girl who discovers […]

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