Helen Leake has been producing feature films for nearly 20 years. Her new film Swerve, in cinemas from June 7, was filmed in South Australia using SA crew and facilities. She called it an Australian film noir – something I’d love to see more of!
Outside of producing, Helen was also CEO of South Australian Film Corporation between 2004 and 2007 and was a commissioner at the Australian Film Commission (now known as Screen Australia). She’s currently co-chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference
We were lucky enough to have Helen in the studio to pick her brain about “Swerve” and what it’s like to be a producer in Australia.
Audio coming soon but you can listen to the entire show below – Helen’s interview starts at 3’15
We did introduce the show mentioning that new filmmaker Tim will be joining us but due to tricksy public transport he couldn’t make it in. We did, however, have a chat about the new Rebrand SA movement and Scott Hick’s recent comments on it. Should SA change its name? Or is that neither here nor there and is a completely derailing suggestion? … Guess which side we’re on.
There are only a handful of paid film critic jobs in Australia and Marc Fennell has two of them. Describing himself as a “professional guest”, Marc has his reviews on Triple J and Network Ten’s The Circle. He’s written a book, hosted a TV show and talks media and technology on Radio National.
I caught up with Marc while he was in Adelaide. We discuss death threats, backlash on SBS forums and how social media is changing the face of film criticism. Download:Marc Fennell part 1 apologies for the one minute preamble/tangent / Marc Fennell part 2
Radio Adelaide’s breakfast presenter, Tim Brunero caught up with Australian director John Duigan about his upcoming film Careless Love. John, the man behind classics like “The Year My Voice Broke” and “Sirens”, delves into the world of love and prostitution in his latest feature, set for release on May 17th.
Daniel Phillips is interested in the other side of the story. Co-written by Phillips and Nic English, The Martyr is a short film set against the backdrop of the current conflict in Syria. The filmmakers hope to shed some light on what’s really happening to the people involved. They’re currently in the process of gathering funding (on Pozible and through other sources) to make the SA shoot a reality.
As a part of our crowdfunding segment, I chat to Daniel about the premise of the film and how the Syrian community has been involved in the process so far.
In 2011, Paul Gallasch hitchhiked his way across the lesser known road trip tracks from New York City to Portland, Oregon. Naturally, he took a camera and now has the makings of a documentary that he’s calling Foreign Country. But instead of meshing the stories into feature length form, he’s planning to release the vignettes through a mobile device App. Quite literally as a choose your own adventure.
The guys from the The Scenery (Fridays 6pm) got to Paul before we could but we’re a bit sneaky and replayed their interview! Paul talks about his adventures and what it’s like to get a murder confession on film.
Get ready for celebration, ladies! It’s Pap Smear Awareness Week in SA from May 6 to 12. Are you excited yet? Although I find the term “pap smear” highly amusing there is a reason why we chose to discuss it on the show. Chrissy was involved with helping teams of talented ladies make pap smear awareness videos for the Women’s Information Service. Check out the links to the videos on their facebook page, and remember to vote! Remember your pap smears! One every two years.
“Romulus” – Voltaire Twins
“All Day And All Of The Night” – The Kinks
“Insane In the Brain” – Richard Cheese
“Humilation” – Kate Miller Heidke
“Saturday” – Cut Copy
“Hollywood Freaks” – Beck
“Bodymovin'” – Beastie Boys