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42 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Unseen Skies Director Yaara Bou Melhem Interview
Filmmaker and award-winning journalist Yaara Bou Melhem makes their documentary debut with their impressive new film, Unseen Skies. Following artist-activist-writer-musician Trevor Paglen as he makes art out of the plentiful black op sites around the world, Unseen Skies interrogates what it means to be surveilled, what is happening with the wealth of data being collected from us, and more. It's a visually stunning film with a soaring score by Helena Czajka. Unseen Skies plays at the Sydney Film Festival on November 10th, November 13th, and will be available online via SFF On Demand on November 12th. Purchase tickets here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Girl Like You Directors Frances Elliott and Samantha Marlowe Interview
Over six years, a couple battles to stay together as one of them transitions genders; confronting the effects of new body parts, changing gender roles as well as navigating their own evolving sexual identities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
JJ Winlove Talks Crossing Paths and June Again in This Interview
Filmmaker JJ Winlove has managed an impressive feat for Australian film: having two films released in the same year. With the emotional June Again featuring a trio of excellent performances from Noni Hazelhurst, Claudia Karvan, and Stephen Curry, joining the immersive cinematic experience Crossing Paths, an interactive journey through Sydney as the audiences decides which of the twelve characters stories to follow. Screening to sold out audiences at the Sydney Film Festival, Crossing Paths promises to be an engaging and discussion provoking experience. In this interview, JJ talks about what it means to be a New Zealand director making films in Australia, how Crossing Paths was created, and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Wyrmwood Apocalypse Director Kiah Roache-Turner Sydney Film Festival Interview Part Two
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38 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Wyrmwood Apocalypse Director Kiah Roache-Turner Interview Part One
With blood, guts, and a whole bunch of indie filmmaking gusto, genre-fiends brother duo Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner flipped the Aussie film industry on its with the outback-zombie flick Wyrmood: Road of the Dead in 2014. With sci-fi follow up Nekrotronic under their belts, they turned their attention to the hotly anticipated and equally bloody follow-up, Wyrmwood: Apocalypse. Continuing on this post-apocalyptic mayhem journey where zombies breath has become a substitute for fuel, Kiah grows as a director in impressive ways with this new entry. In part one of a deep dive interview with Kiah, we explores how this entry came about, the influence of Ozploitation masters, and dig into the freedom that low budget filmmaking affords. Make sure to come back and check out part two on Wednesday, where Kiah talks about recognising the talent in yourself, inventive drone shots, and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
Shahn Devendran from LADbible Australia Talks UNHEARD, Racism in Australia, and Social Impact Campaigns in This Interview
The Curb is proudly part of the Auscast Network. Subscribe via RSS feed, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio or Google Podcasts. Download the episode directly here. Shahn Devendran is the series creator and producer of the powerful Amazon and LADbible Australia show, UNHEARD. Telling the story of racism in Australia from the perspective of those who live with the impact of racial discrimination, this is a powerful, important series. Andrew interviews Shahn about the creation of the series, the social impact campaigns that LADbible has engaged with, and how to encourage people who might not feel they live in a racist society to watch this show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXp6JXi1F1Y&ab_channel=AmazonPrimeVideoAUNZ Song featured in this episode: Everything's Fucked - The Dirty Three Find out more about the series below. Amazon Prime Video today announced a ground-breaking new six-episode documentary series, UNHEARD, the first feature produced by LADbible Australia Originals and with production funding from Screen Australia. All six episodes of UNHEARD will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand and select countries around the world on 29 October, with the first two episodes also available to stream for free on primevideo.com. UNHEARD will give Prime Video members an insight into critical issues of racial discrimination in Australia, including Indigenous deaths in custody, the targeting of Indigenous youth, attacks towards Asians during COVID, Islamophobia, the vilification of the African community and the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. The six stand-alone episodes in the UNHEARD series are told through intimate interviews, blended with animation, archive footage, podcasts, photographs, phone conversations and infographics revealing the shocking statistics and complexities behind the larger issues. Each episode is led by the voices of personal accounts, so their experiences and calls for justice are presented without filter. “The opportunity to program this compelling investigative series is significant to us,” said Tyler Bern, Head of Content, Amazon Prime Video Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. “UNHEARD is a necessary action and awareness series that is globally relevant to Prime members in Australia and makes them aware of social injustice locally. We are very proud to be involved with LADbible Australia on this production and showcasing this important documentary series.” The UNHEARD documentary series is an extension of LADbible Australia’s UNHEARD campaign. Launched in February 2021, the campaign utilises LADbible Group’s global audience of almost a billion and Australian audience of 11.8 million to support their campaign partners; the National Justice Project, Human Rights Commission, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, The Refugee Council of Australia, Change.org, African Women Australia, Asian Australian Alliance, Islamophobia Register Australia, Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services and All Together Now. “The UNHEARD campaign and documentary series not only provides a platform for these powerful stories to be told, but also helps put a global focus on Australian incidents of racial injustice that are often overlooked,” says executive producer, writer and creator, Shahn Devendran, Head of Originals, LADbible APAC. “We are proud that LADbible’s first feature documentary series is able to support our campaign partners, and in working with Amazon Prime Video and Screen Australia will help bring these important issues to light.” UNHEARD was written and produced by Shahn Devendran (LADbible Australia Originals), Jack Steele (Between Two Lines), Cathy Vu (SBS), Luke Cornish (Alone Out Here), Dan Mansour (The Final Word), Olivia Suleimon (Rosaline’s Untaming) and Ellen Dedes-Vallas (Nickelodeon). UNHEARDwill join a growing list of Australian produced content available on Amazon Prime Video. Since 2019, Prime Video has commissioned14 Amazon Original series in Australia including The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team, Making Their Mark, a series of 10 stand-up comedy specials by some of Australia’s best comedians, LOL: Last One Laughing AU with Rebel Wilson, Head Above Water, Luxe Listings Sydney, The Moth Effect and the upcoming Back to the Rafters. UNHEARD will also join thousands of TV shows and movies in the Prime Video catalogue, including hits like Golden Globe award-winner Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Underground Railroad, Them, Val, The Boys, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Coming 2 America, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, The Tomorrow War, Cinderella, Nine Perfect Strangers, Upload, plus Emmy Award winners Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Prime members will be able to watch UNHEARD anywhere and anytime on the Prime Video app for smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV, and stream online. In the Prime Video app, Prime members can download episodes on their mobile devices and tablets and watch anywhere offline at no additional cost. Prime Video is available in Australia at no additional cost to a Prime membership for just $6.99 a month; new customers can find out more at www.primevideo.com and subscribe to a free 30-day trial. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Josephine Croft Talks Short Film Grounded
Aussie filmmaker Josephine Croft joins Andrew to discuss her new short film, Grounded, which is currently engaging in festival submissions. In this deep discussion, Josephine talks about how the idea for the stranded horror came about, while also discussing the creative process of making a short film during lockdowns. Find out more about Grounded from Dayna Di Fulvio below, and to keep up to date with Josephine's work, and Grounded, visit www.josephinecroft.com.au and www.tenaciousstories.net. Short Thriller Grounded Awakens Your Worst Fears on an Aeroplane Set on a decommissioned aeroplane at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Grounded takes viewers on a thrilling journey of entrapment and isolation. The film centres around a uniquely chilling circumstance where main character Anne (Josephine Croft) wakes to find herself locked up, forgotten and alone on a grounded aeroplane. Inspired by the true story of a woman travelling on a USA airline who fell asleep and was accidentally abandoned after everyone disembarked. Melbourne based filmmaker Josephine Croft envisioned the nightmare scenario with a twist. “Though in real life she just called someone and they came to get her. I thought it would make a good short film and spit-balled the idea of some sort of monster being stuck on board with her.” The audience follows the character Anne played by Croft, as she comes to the realisation the cabin has been sealed and she must escape. Her fight quickly turns to flight from the unknown locked inside with her. As something hunts her, she tries to scramble for safety, knowing she’s trapped. Croft raises the stakes of her short thriller about survival by intertwining it with the supernatural themes, "I think being trapped with something unknown takes the horror and anxiety to the next level. Firstly to survive and secondly to get off the plane." To date, the short film has been selected as a finalist in the European Cinematography Awards, New York Cinematography Awards and AFIN - International Film Festival. Along with winning an honourable mention award for best soundtrack at the Oniros Film Awards New York. Award-winning key creatives based throughout Australia tied to the project include Syndey/Melbourne director, Jesse Richards. Melbourne cinematographer Marcus Cropp and Perth based music composer, Sean Tinnion. Grounded is anticipated to be hitting the Australian film festival circuit during 2021 and 2022. To keep up to date with their screening information and to watch their trailer check out the links below. FB: www.facebook.com/groundedtheshortfilm/ IG: www.instagram.com/groundedtheshortfilm/ W: www.tenaciousstories.net/grounded Grounded - trailer from Josephine Croft on Vimeo. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
My Cherry Pie Directors Addison Heath and Jasmine Jakupi Talk Aussie Indie Horror, Roger Ward, and Delicious Dialogue in This Interview
My Cherry Pie is one of the brilliant Aussie horror films screening at the online film fest: A NIGHT OF HORROR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. With a clear adoration for horror cinema, My Cherry Pie is a gruesome and hilarious dive into the world of criminals who end up in the wrong part of the country, and in deadly strife. Certain to delight horror fans, this is a genuinely exciting entry into the all-too-sparse Aussie horror film canon. Co-directors Addison Heath and Jasmine Jakupi talk about their influences, how they made the film in rural Victoria, and turning Sotiris Tzelios into a Roger Ward-lookalike in this interview. Make sure to check out My Cherry Pie when A NIGHT OF HORROR lands on October 18th. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
58 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Sound Designer James Ashton Talks Nitram, Lion, and the Joy of Creating a Sonic Landscape in This Interview
James Ashton is an AACTA Award winning sound designer, known for his work on Lion (which he shared in the Best Sound award at the 2017 AACTA awards), Mortal Kombat, Tanna, and Justin Kurzel's latest film, Nitram. In this deep discussion about Nitram and Lion, James talks about his creative process, the art of building a soundscape, and how one of the most intense and powerful scenes in a film this year was sonically crafted. It was a genuine treat to be able to explore a different side of fimlmaking with James, and we wrap up this interview discussing what the future of sound design might be in Australia, highlighting the hopeful aspect of how having major Hollywood films like Mortal Kombat and Shang-Chi being made here will strengthen and showcase the excellent talent of Australian creatives. Make sure to see Nitram in cinemas from Sept 30th 2021, with an eventual release on Stan. down the line. Read Andrew's review of Nitram here, and listen to Matthew Eeles from Cinema Australia interview Justin Kurzel and Shaun Grant here. Clips in this episode: Nitram trailer // Cannes first look at Nitram // Rider from True History of the Kelly Gang. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Inferno Without Borders Interview - Addressing the Way Australia Tackles and Prepares the Environment for Bushfires
Over the 2019/2020 Australian summer period, the world witnessed some of the worst and most devastating bushfires in modern history. A billion animals died in a traumatic event that the nation is still recovering from. The documentary Inferno Without Borders explores the practice of cool burning implemented by Indigenous Australians and the manner that it helps prepare the environment for the harsher impact of climate change on an already dry environment. Screening this year online via the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival from October 1st through to October 31st, Andrew caught up with the filmmakers behind Inferno Without Borders , producer Sandrine Charruyer, co-producer Laura Sivis, and co-produer Sophie Lepowic. In this interview, the creative team discuss the difficulties of making the film, how they process the anger of inaction against climate change, and the hope that they got from the interviews within the film. Watch Inferno Without Borders here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
The Killing of Two Lovers Director Robert Machoian Talks Separation, Drama, and Kelly Reichardt in This Interview
The Curb is proudly part of the Auscast Network. Subscribe via RSS feed, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio or Google Podcasts. Download the episode directly here. Filmmaker Robert Machoian has crafted a searing depiction of separation and despair in his essential drama, The Killing of Two Lovers. Following David (Clayne Crawford), this narrative tumbles and turns as he tries to maintain a hold on his relationship with his wife Niki (Sepideh Moafi) and his children. The title hints at violence, but the film is devoid of any significant bloodshed, instead focusing on the violence that is conjured in a separation. Andrew caught up with Robert to talk about the production of the film, depicting separation and tragedy on screen, and being influence by Kelly Reichardt. The Killing of Two Lovers is in Australian cinemas from September 16th 2021. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
47 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
BAFTA Award Winning Writer Anthony Mullins Talking About His New Screenwriting Book, Beyond the Hero's Journey
The Curb is proudly part of the Auscast Network. Subscribe via RSS feed, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio or Google Podcasts. Download the episode directly here. BAFTA Award winning writer, Anthony Mullins, joins Andrew to discuss his new book, Beyond the Hero's Journey: A Screenwriting Guide for When You've Got a Different Story to Tell. In this deep discussion, Anthony talks about the process of writing a book on screenwriting, how he decided on what films to include in the book (and which big title he excludes), while also talking about the need for emotional openness when it comes to talking about films. Music included in this episode: The Nightingale, Burning. Available via New South Books here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Mark Leonard Winter Talks Disclosure, Measure for Measure, Damian Hill, Australian Filmmaking, and More in This In Depth Interview
The Curb is proudly part of the Auscast Network. Subscribe via RSS feed, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts. Michael Bentham's drama Disclosure is a powerful four-header with Matilda Ridgeway, Mark Leonard Winter, Geraldine Hakewill, and Tom Wren, all impressing in a timely story about two families torn apart by an allegation of abuse. This is searing drama, that thrives in the moment and comes at a time where politics, society, and the #MeToo movement is at a fever point. Andrew caught up with actor Mark Leonard Winter to talk about his work in this drama, touching on the complexity of the drama, while also exploring his performance in the brilliant drama Measure for Measure directed by Paul Ireland. Find out more about Disclosure on the website here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
48 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Jonathan Alley Director of Love in Bright Landscapes: The Story of David McComb of The Triffids Interview
Jonathan Alley's powerful documentary, Love in Bright Landscapes, tells the story of David McComb and The Triffids - arguably the greatest West Aussie band to have existed. In this grand interview, Jonathan talks about the long journey to bringing David's story to a film, the power of The Triffids music, while also touching on how it feels to be an interviewer who has interview someone who has passed away. This is a deep, informative interview, just like the film itself. Love in Bright Landscapes is in cinemas from September 9th. In Perth, Luna Leederville has a series of special events celebrating the film. Tickets can be found here. If you're a fan of The Triffids, or want to support the documentary, then visit the Love in Bright Landscapes website here, and pick up a copy of Deep in a Dream here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Iggy and Ace Producer Hannah Ngo Interview
The Curb is proudly part of the Auscast Network. Subscribe via RSS feed, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts. Perth producer, Hannah Ngo, joins Andrew to discuss her new SBS series, Iggy & Ace. Telling the story of two gay best friends, Iggy (Sarah West) and Ace (Josh Virgona), this brilliant comedy series carries a streak of truth to it as the two friends grapple with the realisation that maybe their hard drinking lives might mean they're alcoholics. When Ace decides to go to AA, their friendship is threatened. Iggy & Ace is a thoroughly enjoyable show, brilliantly written by AB Morrison, intimately directed by Monica Zanetti, and perfectly produced by Hannah Ngo and Melissa Kelly. In this interview, Hannah talks about her work as a producer and what she wants to take her career going forward. If you like what you hear, then make sure to check out Iggy & Ace on SBS On Demand from September 9th, and while you're there, also check out Hannah's short film, Tribunal. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Interview with Coming Home in the Dark Actor Erik Thomson
The great Erik Thomson joins Andrew to discuss his latest film, James Ashcroft's searing thriller, Coming Home in the Dark. As a working actor that has a varied career that's spanned three decades, Erik has become one of the most iconic figures in Australian TV and film, with roles in Packed to the Rafters and All Saints making him a household name. In this discussion, Erik talks about what attracted him to the role of a school teacher whose family is thrown into the worst day of their lives by two gun-wielding men in Coming Home in the Dark, while also touching on the narrative complexities of a film like this. Erik also talks about his work with filmmakes like Cate Shortland (Somersault) and Roderick MacKay (The Furnace), and wraps up the interview with a few New Zealand film recommendations, including Sam Neill's documentary, Cinema of Unease. The Curb podcast is proudly hosted by Auscast Network. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Lakesedge Author Lyndall Clipstone Talks About Gothic Romance, World Building and First Novels in This Interview
Lakesedge is the debut novel from Australian author Lyndall Clipstone, and it's a great one. Steeped in gothic romance and fantasy, Lakesedge tells the story of Leta, a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to the Lord Under, a sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. Powerful, immersive, and superbly written, Lakesedge will entrance readers with a deep mystery that will leave you hanging for the next book, Forestfall. Andrew caught up with author Lyndall Clipstone to talk about the journey to bringing Lakesedge to life, from a short story, into a debut novel, while also touching on the power of gothic romance, the joy of world building, and more in this interview. Check out Lyndall's website for more details. Lakesedge was provided for review and interview purposes by Pan Macmillan Australia. Songs featured in this episode: Monsters - Ruelle, and The Curse, Agnes Obel. Listen to the Lakesedge Spotify playlist here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Finding Creativity Interview with Director Roger Ungers: Glass Blowing, Scratching the Creative Itch, and Finding a Creative Path Through Covid
We all have a creative entity within us, but how do we get to that path of creativity? In Roger Ungers documentary, Finding Creativity, he seeks to answer that question by interviewing various creative minds, like a glass blower, a chef, a musician, and more. And, stretching deeper into the well of creativity, Andrew interviews Roger about his creative process. Finding Creativity screens at the 6th Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and tickets can be purchased here. Check out Rogers other work here, and read more about Finding Creativity on Cinema Australia here. The music featured at the end is by Rollo Grey. Support The Curb on Patreon, and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Get in contact with us via our email. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Batoor A Refugee Journey Interview with Photojournalist and Filmmaker Barat Ali Batoor
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is always home to a plethora of great and varied documentaries from around the globe. This year, the festival will host the deep and moving documentary, Batoor: A Refugee Journey by Walkely Award winning photojournalist, Barat Ali Batoor. Batoor: A Refugee Journey follows Batoor's path from Afghanistan through to Australia in search of safety and sanctuary. This powerful film comes at a devastating point in Australian history, where the Australian government is actively denying the refuge of countless Afghani citizens who assisted the Australian armed forces in the war against the Taliban. As mentioned in the interview, one of the support services that you can help by donating to is the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). The other action you can do to help is to head over and watch Batoor: A Refugee Journey and share Batoor's story with the world. You can see Batoor: A Refugee Journey in Melbourne on July 22nd and August 1st, pending any further lockdown measures. Head to the MDFF website for more details. Follow Barat Ali Batoor's Facebook page, and keep up to date with the festival via their Facebook page here. Support The Curb on Patreon, and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Get in contact with us via our email. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
42 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Mental as Everything Filmmaker Damon Smith Interview for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival kicks off its in-person in-cinema screenings on July 21st through to July 31st at the Cinema Nova. Screening at this years fest is the film, Mental as Everything: Damon Smith has estimated that he has spent around 50 thousand hours of his life, so far, participating in absurd ritualistic behaviors associated with his obsessive Compulsive Disorder. With the help of his anxious friend, Adam, these two, Australian musicians, share, with original music, preposterous humor, and outlandish animations, the intricate and debilitating nature of what it is like to live and talk about mental illness in a world where it’s ok to talk about a broken arm but not ok to talk about a broken mind. https://mdff.org.au/films/mental-as-everything Andrew caught up with Damon to chat about how the film was made, what the creative process is like for a musician turned filmmaker, and the main theme of the film: mental health. It may sound like a dark subject on paper, but Mental as Everything embraces the subject with heart and compassion, and most importantly, a levity that is often missing with the subject of mental illness. Pick up tickets to Mental as Everything here, and make sure to follow the Mental as Everything Facebook page too. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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