Ingmar Bergman’s Persona

August 11, 2014

 

Here are some stills from my latest stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona. This intense and intimate production is a part of The Container Festival currently unfolding at Monash University. It’s a difficult text to bring to life but I do hope we have captured the spirit of Bergman’s seminal masterpiece. The sound design and score was composed by the talented Christopher de Groot and features some of his most searing and strange work. These images were captured by Heath Mckinley, who turned up armed with a serious silencer encapsulating his camera. He’s no rookie! The show has two final performances on Tuesday the 12th and Friday the 15th of August then it will vanish into the ether. All the info is right here on the FB.


NEW ARTICLE: Persona

June 25, 2014

It’s that time again. I’ve been studying up feverishly on Bergman’s Persona (for reasons which will be revealed soon). It’s a beguiling film. Beautiful and Frightening. Read the article here.

 

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NEW HEAD SHOT by Haychmack

June 8, 2014

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Check out my new head shot taken by slick snapper Heath Mckinley. Why do I have a head shot? Narcissism won, didn’t you hear? Mr Mckinley snatched this one while we were setting up for a photo shoot for a new project I am working on (details to follow). Check out his other work right here.


Sororal to screen at FANTASPOA FESTIVAL in May!

May 4, 2014

Sororal is playing at the epic FANTASPOA film festival in Brazil later this month. This really is a huge celebration of genre cinema and it’s an honour to be a part of the line up. If you’re in Brazil by chance then swing on down to the festival to see Sororal, which screens on the 21st and 23rd of May.

 

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NEW ARTICLE: JFK

May 4, 2014

I turned my attention to Oliver Stone’s JFK for my latest article in The Australia Times. After writing the piece I feel that there is much more to explore with the film and that I really only scratched the surface. It is a tightly packed and beautifully researched masterwork that I hope to revisit with in a more substantial way in the future. I will flag two small spelling errors in the spirit of full disclosure but I hope that they don’t sour the read too much. Up next is a piece on Cronenberg’s Crash.

Click here to read JFK: Stone’s Lost Cause

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NEW ARTICLE: Klute

March 17, 2014

In the latest edition of The Australia Times I tackled Alan Pakula’s brilliant 19070′ s thriller, Klute. I believe that it is a restrained and powerful masterwork that desperately deserves to be revisited and celebrated by a new generation of cinephiles. The seemingly simple suspense setup hides a dazzling emotional complexity not seen in typical thrillers.  The synergy of performance, image and sound is of the highest order and I simply cannot praise the film enough.  Add it to your watch list tonight, you won’t be disappointed.

Click here to read the article.

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NEW ARTICLE: Interiors

February 9, 2014

My latest contribution to The Australia Times is an exploration of the much maligned and under-appreciated Interiors by Woody Allen.  I was inspired to write about the film after a recent screening with a friend.  I had always considered the film fine in many respects but it dawned on me as I was watching it that it deserves to be among the greatest of all Allen’s films.  The contemporary criticisms of the film seem so outrageous from a modern perspective because of the shifting role of cinema in our culture and the astounding quality of the films around at the time.  The snobby potshots taken at Interiors make sense considering the mainstream cinema saw films like The Godfather, Nashville and Network and The Deer Hunter grace its screens every other week.  In the current landscape Interiors should be seen for what it is.  A brave and bold film for adults about some uncomfortable subjects.  As a representative of the cusp members of Gen-Y, we salute you.  Click here to read the article.

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NEW ARTICLE: In the Realm of the Senses

January 16, 2014

My latest contribution to The Australia Times is a discussion of the incredible In the Realm of the Senses (1976) by Nagisa Oshima.  If you haven’t seen it then put it near the top of your list. In the article I question the film’s elusive meaning and praise it’s vivid and inescapable audacity.  It is important to look to filmmakers like Oshima to see what cinematic courage really looks like. Check it out HERE.

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My first article in The Australia Times

November 21, 2013

Here’s the first of, what I hope to be, many contributions to The Australia Times on-line magazine.  This first piece is an appreciation of Peeping Tom (1960).  I recently revisited the film and was struck by how I had undervalued it in the past.  I will fully admit to not having fully grasped the subtleties in the piece.  It really is quite spectacular.  Have a read.

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Sororal to debut at Monsterfest in Melbourne!

October 26, 2013

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Sororal is finally hitting the big screen on November 24th as part of Monsterfest 2013.  This year’s festival features a slew of new and twisted horror efforts from around the globe along with an appearance from special guest Linda Blair!  If you’re in Melbourne then we’d love to see you at this exclusive premiere of Australia’s first giallo thriller at the Cinema Nova in Carlton.  Tickets can be bought HERE.