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.
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.
October 26, 2013
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.
August 13, 2012
I’ve started a new screenplay. Often, once a film is completed I have very little recollection of how the project began. I thought I would share these images as an insight into how things begin for me. The exact moment of genesis eludes me but I do know that I spent an evening scribbling madly into the night. It was one of those inspiration fueled sessions where your hand moves as if possessed, pure and exciting. Then comes the sobering reality where you must confront your work in the harsh light of day. This is where you list all the better artists in the world and how you are not even worthy to clean out their ashtrays. Then you remember that William Goldman said “Nobody knows anything”. The recollection of this great equaliser forces you to lower the .38 snub nosed revolver you’ve held, white knuckled to your temple and consider that maybe your little story has just as much right to exist as Tarkovsky’s The Mirror.
My idea seems to have passed the test and appeased both the passionate and open minded daemon and the scumbag self loathing cynic within me. When these two sides agree on something, then the project is allowed to continue. I am forbidden to consult anyone about the project until first draft stage as their well meaning advice will either fuel one side’s arguments or the other and this could derail the whole project. So apart from all the anxiety, existential terror and paralysing fear…I’d say it’s going quite well.
I’ll leave you with this video from Ze Frank. It’s all about beginnings. It’s time to start this shit up.
March 18, 2012
Since you’re here…why don’t you go on and LIKE my latest feature film Sororal. The film is nearing completion and all sorts of exciting tidbits will be hitting the web very soon. Sororal really is a horror film like no other so click LIKE and join the growing army of Sororal fans.
April 11, 2011
I am going to take a moment to reflect on the passing of Sydney Lumet. Last year, I watched a film called The Fugitive Kind as a part of a life long journey to discover the complete works of certain filmmakers; Lumet is on my list of artists whose work I will buy/rent/steal on sight. I hadn’t read anything about the film prior to viewing it and if memory serves, Lumet doesn’t go into detail about it in his book Making Movies (which is an absolute must read). After the screening, I was rocked to my core by the truly magnificent performances and the characteristic and unadorned cinematic style of the film. This is not to say that the film wasn’t playful in terms of style; one of Brando’s speeches features a bold moment where the set darkens as he recalls his past. It was the same feeling I had when I watched The Verdict, The Hill and Prince of the City. I was forced yet again to reconcile that Lumet is a master filmmaker and must be considered along with Wilder, Capra, Hitchcock in Andrew Sarris’ upper pantheon of directors.
Network. There is nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said about this film. A staggering piece of work and daunting for any young filmmaker to watch. There’s more craft and power in the scene with Ned Beatty than in 90% of movies made today. How can a film that deals with mortality, moral decay and urban isolation be so funny? The cinematic style, the powerful performances, the unflinching desire to ask scary questions and the dark humour make this film more like a Bergman outing than a what we would consider a mainstream Hollywood film.
I don’t know what else to say. This is one of those instances where the subject and the possible threads of discussion are so vast that your mind draws a complete blank. As a fan and a filmmaker (not quite on your level), I will say this.
Thank you Sydney, you continue to astonish and inspire me.