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Show 1.5, “French Chic and Austalian ‘Porkies'”

Still so many film festivals happening. It’s an endless fiesta of excitement. Right now both the Alliance Française French Film Festival and Windows on Europe Film Festival are screening AND the Shorts Film Festival opens on April 9.

If all these films are making you itchy with desire (I heard it’s a thing) to make your own there are some helpful workshops coming up. In a joined venture by the Shorts Film Festival and the Australian Writers’ Guild, a writers masterclass presented by Karel Segers on April 16. One of the biggest issues that gets raised on our show is that Australia has so much talent but is maybe not marketing our films the right way. This workshop is all about learning to sell your screen concept and connecting with audiences. Crucial for any film.

MRC are holding a FREE seminar on April 13 all about the fundamentals of animation production in support of their animation initiative that will be running again this year. Also a great chance to talk to some like-minded people and make connections. Follow the links for more information.

The Alliance Française French Film Festival opened at Palace Nova Cinemas on March 23. The festival – now in its 22nd year, is bigger than ever, running for 19 days. This is the largest foreign film festival in Australia, and the main French cultural event in Australia. Catherine Zengerer, from Breakfast, spoke to Director of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, Philippe Marsé, and he gave the low down of the festival and some of the great films that will be screening (including some ‘orror). You can download and stream the audio at the Radio Adelaide Breakfast wordpress.

Our weekly rant segment called “Rant of the Week” (we stretched ourselves coming up with that title) goes to writer/director Matt Jenkin. Matt was on the show last week talking about his latest short film, Family Values, and while I had him on the phone I asked him for his take on the rant and if he could break down some of the issues for us. He brought up some interesting points involving distribution and how sometimes films are perceived as unsuccessful when that may not be the case.
Rant of the Week – Matt Jenkin

Philip Elms has done a little bit of everything in his life. Starting out making home movies, he’s written and directed his own short films, worked in TV (with a tense first gig involving Bob Hawke), was production manager on darling of the local film industry 2:37 and now teachers video production while having his own commercial video business. He spoke to Chrissy and me on air about his long and varied career and gave some advice to those starting out. (The second half of this entry title can be explained in the interview..)
Philip Elms

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“La valse des Monstres” – Yann Tiersen, from Amelie (2001)
“Ta Dolouer” – Camille
“Let Go” – Frou Frou, from Garden State (2004)
“Society” – Eddie Vedder, from Into the Wild (2007)
“Throw Your Arms Around Me” – Neil Finn
“Search and Destroy” – Skunk Anansie, from Sucker Punch (2011)

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Show 1.4, “The Clare Valley Film Festival Festa”

In preperation for our super exciting three hour live broadcast from Blyth, this week’s show is all about the Clare Valley Film Festival. Let’s get down to business!

Sylvia Syms has been in the film and acting world since the 50s, working on critically acclaimed films such as Ice Cold in Alex (1958) and The Queen (2006). Outside of acting she is also involved in judging panels for film festivals – one of them being the CVFF – and I was lucky enough to catch her at midnight for an interview. She was all the way on the other side of the world in London but it felt like we were having a lovely chat over tea and scones. She talks about her involvement in festivals and her long and varied career. And a great anecdote about the worst film she worked on. She’s a great storyteller.
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Carolyn Choa as had a colourful career as a dancer, choreographer, producer and script translator. She joins the CVFF as the program coordinator, responsible for scheduling the myriad of films on offer. It was another midnight chat for her in England as I spoke to her over the phone about her work in films and the differences between East and West filmmaking.


Matthew Jenkin is one of the creative heads behind Ninja Milk, a media content provider. That’s his day job – in his spare time he makes movies! His new film Family Values will be screening at the CVFF and I spoke to him about how it developed and being a Jack of all media trades.
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Our “Rant of the Week” (TM) goes to Michael Facey who we interviewed last week about the film he produced, Kanowna. He took a more positive spin on “The Rant” which is all about letting industry peeps give their opinon on the state of Australian film.


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“The People’s Princess” – Alexandre Desplat, from The Queen (2006)
“White Rabbit” – Emiliana Torrini, from Sucker Punch (2011)
“Yearning for Peace” – Tan Dun, from Hero (2001)
“Hanna’s Theme (Vocal Mix)” – The Chemical Brothers, from Hanna (2011)

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Show 1.3, “Blyth, Kanowna and Beyond”

Get your calendars out, folks. Adelaide is host to some amazing world films coming up in the next few weeks.

March 22 to March 27: Indian Film Festival – “Bollywood and Beyond” (IFF). The actual festival isn’t coming to Adelaide but The Mercury Cinema will be screening a selection of the films. The opening night gala features I Am, an exploration of some of the thornier issues facing modern Indian society. Director Inirban Dhar and producer/actress Juhi Chawla will lead a Q&A session after the screening.
March 23 to April 10: Alliance Française French Film Festival (AF FFF). The opening night gala features Potiche, directed by François Ozon.
April 13 to April 18: Audi Festival of German Films. In it’s 10th year, Palace Nova is hosting this festival celebrating all things Deutsch. Opening night is a screening of Goethe!.
June 30 to July 30: Arab Film Festival. Just the dates have been announced so far so keep an eye on that link for more updates.

Raw Nerve 2011 applications are open! If you’re a writer, director, producer, or would just like to make films please follow the link and check out this amazing opportunity.

Kanowna is a short film written and directed by Chris Richards-Scully set in the Western Australian goldfields in 1901. Based on true events it follows the story of an Australian lawman who fathers a child to a Japanese prostitute and the fall out that follows. Producer Michael Facey studied at the Central Institute of Technology in Perth and I interviewed him about why he chose film as a career and the lack of multi cultural Australia in period films.
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The second half of the interview focuses on the film development process and making movies on the west coast.
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Ian Roberts had a fantastic brain wave in 2004 after seeing a film in Adelaide. That idea was to turn the Blyth Masonic lodge into a cinema. It’s been running since 2005 and last year it hosted the first Clare Valley Film Festival. He spoke to us about how he got the cinema up and running and the impact that it’s had in the region.
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Ian got the cinema up off the ground and now Festival Director, Chris Bishop, is helping to put Blyth on the film festival map. He called in and updated us on what he was up to and to talk a little bit about the filmmaking workshops featured in the festival.
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“The Flowers” – Mountbatten
“Kaawa Ka” – Aj Meera Jee Kanda, from Indian Monsoon
“Bigger Than Tina” – The Fauves, from Bigger Than Tina
“Stand On The Word (Mima Version)” – Keedz, from Underbelly: The Golden Mile
“Mambo Italiano” – Christa Hughes, from Wog Boy 2: The Kings of Mykonos
“Vivire para Ti” – Los Amigos Invicibles

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