Amanda Duthie. Source: The Australian; Alan Pryke.
Amanda Duthie took over from Katrina Sedgewick at the end of 2011 as the director of the Adelaide Film Festival. She came directly (six hours break, in fact) from her former position as content head of Arts and Entertainment at the ABC to Adelaide and is taking the time to get to know the city and our filmmaking culture.
Amanda came into the studio to talk about the South Australian premiere of Save Your Legs!, which will be screening at the Adelaide Oval as a special placeholder event for the new AFF time of October. We also talked about the international reputation of the festival and what we might be in store for next year when the Adelaide Film Festival takes over October. Download:Amanda Duthie
Jordan, Leigh, Zaen, Bec and Beck striking a pose on North Terrace.
Last week, three very talented makeup artists from the Adelaide Zombie Walk came in to discuss the beauty of non-beautiful makeup. We ran out of time live on the show so we took our conversation into another studio to continue our chat about the shift to CGI over conventional makeup, what it takes to become a SFX makeup artists and the best recipe for fake blood. Download:Bec, Zaen and Leigh
Cockatoo Island, home of SPAA Fringe.
And now we cross to our Sydney correspondent … Chrissy Kavanagh, fellow Behind the Screens host, is over at SPAA Fringe, an event held by the Screen Producers Association of Australia – SPAA. She called in to give us the lowdown of what’s been happening over on Cockatoo Island. Download:Chrissy Kavanagh
Richard spoke about the SAFC’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations and the next 40 years for South Australia’s screen agency. Amongst the festivities is an exhibition called “From A Sunday Too Far Away” at the State Library of SA which includes behind the scenes treasures from their Hendon vault. We also discussed the reasons behind the change from the SAFC as a film producer, to a funding agency in 1994.
2. Amiel Courtin-Wilson, director/writer/producer of Hail.
Amiel’s first feature, “Hail”, has documentary elements but a fictional narrative. It’s an emotional journey between Danny and Leanne, who both play fictional versions of themselves, but at its core it’s a love story
“Hail” begins its Adelaide run tonight (October 20) at the Mercury Cinema on Morphett St. Amiel and lead actor and inspiration Danny P Jones will be there for a “meet the filmmaker” session after the screening.
Ian is no stranger to documentaries. He has directed and produced many feature documentaries, including the AFI award winning “The Oasis” (2008) and his most recent work is his doco on Paul Kelly, “Paul Kelly – Stories of Me”. He is also the founder of Documentary Australia Foundation, a philanthropic initiative supporting the documentary film industry in Australia. We spoke about that and finding enough footage through 40 years of material for a feature length film.
“Paul Kelly – Stories of Me” is showing at Her Majesty’s Theatre this Thursday, October 25, at 7.30pm. Paul will also be there and performing a small set. Download:Ian Darling
Jordan, Leigh and Zaen terrorise North Terrace.
4. Bec Buratto, head makeup artist for the Adelaide Zombie Walk; 5. Leigh Madden, SFX artist and denture work specialist; and 6. Zaen Ghast, latex and prosethics.
So why do people want to dress up like zombies for charity? Because it’s amazing fun. Three makeup artists who supply their talents for the Adelaide Zombie Walk came in to the studio to chat gore, latex and dirty good fun.
We didn’t have enough time to get our SFX fill so tune in next week for the second part of our interview where we discuss the future of makeup (CGI killed the makeup star?) and how you can get your hands dirty in the world of latex, blood and gore.
It’s not everyday on Behind The Screens that we talk about movies starring Brad Pitt, but today we did just that. Australian Director Andrew Dominik is well known for his films ‘Chopper’ and ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ and his newest project ‘Killing Them Softly‘ is now out in Australian cinemas. He spoke to Rebecca Elliott about the film.
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For actors working in Adelaide it can be quite difficult to find films to be cast in, so occasionally actors will start taking on producer roles to help make more films. Nocturn is one film co-produced by two of the lead actors, and it wrapped shooting just the other week. One actor from the film John Maurice joined me in the studio to talk about the film and how difficult it can be to find work.
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Last week we heard from Jason Sweeney, a local filmmaker who works on a range of mediums, from his recent film ‘The Dead Speak Back’ to sound installation. In the second half of his interview we hear about his most recent project ‘Crowdsourcing the Quiet‘, which is all about recording the sounds in the quiet spaces around Adelaide and will even involve an interactive iPhone app.
Download: Jason Sweeney
Don’t forget to check out some of the great film events happening around Adelaide this month, including ‘From A Sunday Too Far Away‘, a South Australian Film Corporation 40th Anniversary Exhibition, and the Iranian Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema.
‘This Head I Hold’ – Electric Guest
‘Andy’ – Last Dinosaurs
‘Dissolve Me’ – Alt J
‘You’re A Animal’ – Jonathan Boulet
‘The Keepers’ – Santigold
‘Angels’ – The xx
‘Fence Sitter’ – Ball Park Music
** The title is a reference to the feeling of a enclosed studio in an Adelaide spring without air ventilation. It’s very cozy.