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Interview with Michael Rymer, director of Face to Face

Interview with Michael Rymer, director of Face to Face

Face to Face is a powerful and compelling Australian drama based almost entirely in a single setting: a mediation room in which a group of irate colleagues air their grievances. Adapted by Queen of the Damned director Michael Rymer from a David Williamson play, the film is an expertly told gab-fest that cleverly realigns the […]

Interview with Patrick Hughes, writer/director of Red Hill

Interview with Patrick Hughes, writer/director of Red Hill

If you thought Animal Kingdom would be the only hit-you-for-six Australian genre film released in 2010, think again. A new horse has arrived in writer/director Patrick Hughes’ spectacular neo-western Red Hill (opening this week in cinemas) about a group of small town cops who get tracked down and returned to their maker when an Aboriginal […]

Interview with Bert Deling, director of Pure Shit

Interview with Bert Deling, director of Pure Shit

2009 shall henceforth be known as the year in which forgotten Australian classics were resurrected from the brink of obscurity. In ’09 Ted Kotcheff’s dusty outback thriller Wake in Fright finally gets a cinema and DVD release along with director Bert Deling’s slighter but nonetheless notable Pure Shit, a racy drug drama about heroin addicts […]

Interview with Warwick Thornton, writer/director of Samson & Delilah

Interview with Warwick Thornton, writer/director of Samson & Delilah

Few first-time feature filmmakers are greeted with the kind of accolades bestowed upon Australian director Warwick Thornton, whose triumphant Cannes-selected indigenous drama Samson & Delilah has prompted a gushing response from critics the country over. The film tells an at times heart wrenching story following the two titular characters, who live in an impoverished rural […]

Interview with Sergei Dvortsevoy, writer/director of Tulpan

Interview with Sergei Dvortsevoy, writer/director of Tulpan

Russian filmmaker Sergei Dvortsevoy’s acclaimed drama Tulpan was shot on location in the Betpak Dala in southern Kazakhstan. The film (read my review) follows the plight of Asa (Askhat Kuchencherekov), a young man who dreams of finding a wife and one day owning his own herd. Shortly after Tulpan was completed it premiered in Cannes […]

Interview with Mark Forstmann, writer/director of Monkey Puzzle

Interview with Mark Forstmann, writer/director of Monkey Puzzle

Monkey Puzzle is one in a recent slew of technically adept Australian features made completely independently, without a shred of assistance from film financing bodies. It follows the story of a group of young adults who go camping in the Blue Mountains in search of a rare tree but their plans go badly awry, paving […]

Interview with Adam Elliot, writer/director/designer of Mary and Max

Interview with Adam Elliot, writer/director/designer of Mary and Max

Adam Elliot’s animated short films Uncle, Cousin, Brother and Harvie Krumpet have participated in over five hundred film festivals and garnered countless accolades. In 2004 his name shot to international recognition when Harvey Krumpet won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Elliot’s follow-up project is his full length feature debut Mary and Max, a […]