Interviews

Interview: Hyun Lee on Asian Girls and the benefits of diversity in film funding

Earlier this year, we sat down with Hyun Lee, the director of a short film called Asian Girls which screened at SXSW in Austin, Texas and then at the Sydney Film Festival. We talked about the making of the film, working with Rainbow Chan, and the benefits and importance of diversity in film funding. It’s…

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Interview: Director Bart Layton talks about his new film American Animals

Earlier this year while he was here for Sydney Film Festival – and not long after I had the chance to see the film at SXSW – I sat down with director Bart Layton to talk about his new film American Animals, which is in cinemas next Thursday. Based on a true story that happened at…

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Interview: The cast of Ladies in Black describe the joy of making this true-blue Australian story

Bruce Beresford’s new film, Ladies in Black is a charming look at some department store shop girls working in Sydney in 1959. The story is adapted from a novel by the late, Madeleine St John who attended university with Clive James and the famous director. The film was a labour of love that was some…

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Interview: Jane Fonda at the Sydney Book Club red carpet talks about being a feminine inspiration

Jane Fonda is a legend of the small and big screen with a career spanning 60+ years. From Barbarella and Klute and The Dollmaker to her one woman fitness empire to championing the #MeToo movement, Fonda has earned her iconic status. Jetting in to Australia to promote the release of her new film Book Club…

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Interview: KIN‘s Aussie directors Jonathan & Josh Baker talk about working with Mogwai and paying homage to James Cameron

In cinemas next week, the new film KIN will hit cinemas in Australia and the USA; continuing the trend of underdog sci-fi that has returned to popularity thanks to Stranger Things (the producers of which also produced this project). The film is the debut feature from NYC-based Aussie directors Jonathan and Josh Baker, whose short film…

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Interview: Rachael Blake & Vince Colosimo digest The Second, Stan’s debut Australian feature film

This month, Stan and Screen Queensland celebrate the release of a milestone production – The Second. As the first feature film project developed for the streaming service, The Second is a shining example of not only an Australian film in its best, unfiltered form, but it’s also a cracking ride. A sexy psychological thriller featuring a selection of…

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Director Bong Joon-Ho on bringing Okja to life, and the creative freedoms of Netflix

Netflix’s new film Okja hits the streaming service this Thursday, a film whose director Bong Joon-Ho has citied George Miller’s Babe: Pig in the City amongst its influences. With the acclaimed Korean director in Sydney for the Sydney Film Festival, where Okja sat as the closing film, I caught up with the man himself (and…

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Dave Bautista on learning as an actor, working on independent films and what he hopes fans will take away from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2

With the forthcoming release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 in cinemas, the hotly anticipated sequel sees a bunch of mischievous criminals saving the galaxy, yet again. One of those criminals happens to be Drax The Destroyer, played by Dave Bautista. In the next installment of our interview we discuss what he’s been learning…

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Elizabeth Debicki on growing up in Australia & becoming part of the MCU in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2

In the last several years Paris-born Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki has had a near overnight rise to success in her acting career. A lucky break thanks to Baz Luhrmann and being cast in The Great Gatsby has resulted in a number of other large scale Hollywood productions to cast her also. However her latest project…

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SXSW: Josh Lawson, Director Josh Greenbaum and Australia’s own 007 George Lazenby talk Becoming Bond

Hot on the heels of winning the SXSW Audience Award for the “Visions” programming, we sat down with Aussie actor Josh Lawson, Director Josh Greenbaum and Australia’s own 007 George Lazenby to talk about the film Becoming Bond, which premiered at the festival last week. This pseudo-documentary tells the story of Lazenby, the only Australian…

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Director Stuart Willis talks about his new sci-fi thriller Restoration (Now Streaming on Stan)

Yesterday, an ambitious new Australian film premiered on streaming service Stan. Helmed by Stuart Willis, Restoration is the latest in a long line of original Australian sci-fi features to find itself an audience. Think modern classics like Dark City and more recent releases like Predestination  – though they describe the film here as being inspired by Twilight Zone,…

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John Noble talks Lord Of The Rings, Elementary and Fringe: “I loved Walter Bishop”

Aussie John Noble has some pretty prolific pop culture roles under his belt. Since his time as an All Saint, John has found himself the covetable intelligent, slightly wicked choice for Hollywood producers looking to cast someone with that versatility (it’s not by his choice he swears). The result has been a flourish of eloquent…

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Interview: Matthew Lewis on growing up with Harry Potter and the attraction of the fantasy world

Sitting alongside Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis at the autograph signing table at Supanova Adelaide, I watch a trio of little girls who are engaged in a battle of charm with the 26 year old Leeds native. The girls compliment Lewis on being ‘very good’ in the Potter films before turning their attention to the…

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The Iris Interview: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier – Director of Muscle Shoals (USA, 2013)

The new documentary Muscle Shoals tells the story of a little town of the same name in Alabama, USA, where an incredible amount of iconic music was recorded at Rick Hall’s FAME Studios. We’re talking tracks by everyone from The Rolling Stones to U2 and Aretha Franklin (all of whom appear in the film)… to…

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the AU interview: Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell – producers of Evil Dead (USA, 2013)

Earlier this year, while at SXSW, Larry sat down with the cast and crew of the 2013 reboot of Evil Dead. Here’s the chat we had with one of Larry’s personal heroes, Bruce Campbell (producer and star of the original film) and fellow producer Rob Tapert. Here’s what went down as we talk about CGI,…

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the AU interview at Oz Comic Con: Patricia Quinn and Little Nell from Rocky Horror Picture Show

Stars from the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show Patricia Quinn and “Little Nell” (Nell Campbell) sat down with Larry Heath, to discuss their enduring love of Rocky Horror, each other, the wackiest tributes they’ve been given and the impact the show still has today.

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SXSW AU interview: Sara Paxton of Cheap Thrills (USA, 2013)

Larry Heath talks to Sara Paxton, one of the stars of the SXSW Buzz Film Cheap Thrills – a ‘black comedy thriller’ – about seeing the film for the first time at the festival, reuniting with Pat Healy, playing the reasonably deranged character Violet and working with the hilarious David Koechner and more… Part Two:…

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