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Show 1.24, “Australian Faces”

Looking Forward, Looking Blak was a forum held during the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival in March this year at The Hawke Centre. Beck Cole, director of Here I Am and Tom E Lewis, the actor who played the lead role in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978).

Beck Cole was asked by forum chair Dr Mike Walsh, Senior Lecturer in Screen and Media at Flinders University, about the famous 1955 Australian film Jedda and where Here I Am appears on that spectrum of indigenous film.

Download: Excerpt from Looking Forward, Looking Blak (Beck Cole and Tom E Lewis)

Others on the forum were Rolf de Heer, Australian independent director behind Ten Canoes and Brenca Croft, lecturer in Aboriginal Art and Studies at the University of South Australia. You can find full audio from the forum at Radio Adelaide’s Public Domain website and video footage on The Hawke Centre’s channel.


Young local artist Genevieve Brandenburg is on a mission to get hundreds of people’s faces on the big screen. She’s currently directing and producing The Three Minute Project, an art film experiment in Adelaide. Friday Radio Adelaide Breakfast presenter Jennie Lenman asked Genevieve to explain the objective of her project.

Audio can be found at the Radio Adelaide Breakfast blog.

Chrissy and I had a great chat about ways to invigorate the Australian film industry (the amateur’s interpretation) so if that sort of thing floats your boat please check out the full audio for today’s show.

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Playlist
“Walk Through My Dream” – Dan Sultan
“Independence” – Shadows
“Let Me Be The One” – Kevin Costner & The Modern West
“Black The Panes” – Cesare
“If I Fell” – Evan Rachel Wood, from Across The Universe (2007)

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Show 1.11, “The Morning After”

Last night Chrissy and I attended the South Australian Screen Award gala. It was pretty fabulous and photos will come eventually. It’s an exciting time in SA film right now. One of the presenters called it “the perfect storm”. The fact that we could have EIGHT feature length films in competition is testimony to all the activity happening in the moment. A full list of winners can be found at the MRC website.

Sieh Mchawala is running the Doco Essentials workshop next weekend at the MRC. He’s also a filmmaker in his own right having completed his first feature length documentary Barefoot in Ethiopia. We got him on the phone to have a bit of a chat to him about his career and his experience with documentaries.
Download: Sieh Mchawala


Last week we played you the first part of our interview of Mad Bastards director Brendan Fletcher. This week we look more into the process of making a highly organic piece which evolved from improvisation. We asked him how he made it work and why do two separate shoots.
Download:Brendan Fletcher Part Two


Alexandra Blue was our very first interviewee back when we started the show in December in our summer time slot. Since then she’s started her own production company, Bluebird Productions and her first live action short film Daddy Daddy won the People’s Choice award on the night it screened at this year’s Shorts Film Festival. She came into the studios today to talk about the latest film she produced, Unfinished Thoughts.
Download: Alexandra Blue


Daniel Henshell graduated from The Actors Centre in 2006 after a two year course and has been acting professionally since. You might have caught him in the television series Out of the Blue or as the hapless boyfriend in a series of Telstra commercials. He’s making is big screen debut playing Australia’s worst serial killer, John Bunting, in Snowtown. I spoke to Daniel and started off by asking him what attracted him to the project.
Download: Daniel Henshall

Snowtown is released nationally on Thursday. On the next show we interview the director Justin Kurzel and pick his brains about his creative process and how he dealt with the subject matter.

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Playlist
“Give It Away” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
“This Burning Fever” – Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!
“Nothing Really Matters (Instrumental)” – Alex Lloyd and the Pigram Brothers, from Mad Bastards (2010)
“Don’t You Forget About Me” – Simple Minds, from The Breakfast Club (1985)

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Show 1.10, “Based on true events”

This week’s completely unintentional theme is real life stories. All the people we interviewed on the show were involved in projects that were based on a true story, developed from real life characters and/or about personal journeys.

Media Resource Centre has three workshops coming up this month suited for beginners and intermediate filmmakers – aimed at documentary making and producing and directing short films. The Adelaide Festival Centre are running a short film competition with a theme of “wasabi”! Leanne Cotter from the AFC spoke to us and gave us some more details.


Lucas Pittaway plays Jamie Vlassakis in the upcoming feature Snowtown. The Advertiser is expecting big things from him in the future, likening him to Heath Ledger. That’s a big call and pretty flattering but Snowtown is his first acting job so he still has years to find where he wants to fit in on the acting spectrum. I asked him how his film career started.
Download: Lucas Pittaway from “Snowtown”

In preparation for the May 19 release of Snowtown we’ll be interviewing Daniel Henshell, who plays John Bunting and director Justin Kurzel in the coming weeks.

Brendan Fletcher began his film career through his involvement in music. Starting out as a band photographer he then made music videos and has since made clips for Tumbleweed, Sarah Blasko, Shane Nicholson and Kasey Chambers. Brendan’s collaborations with Indigenous artists saw him working with Leah Purcell in Black Chicks Talking. His first feature, Mad Bastards was released on Thursday and we spoke to him about his career and how the story developed over years of collaboration.
Download: Brendan Fletcher Part 1

The second part of our exclusive interview with Brendan will be on the show next week.

Madeleine Parry received funding through MRC’s Raw Nerve initiative last year to make her short documentary Murder Mouth. It’s an exploration in the way people connect to the food we eat. Do we fully comprehend that the slab of beef in the butcher section at the supermarket was once part of a living, breathing cow? Madeleine wanted to reestablish that connection by doing the killing herself. Radio Adelaide’s Arts Breakfast presenter Cath Kenneally thought Madeleine looked too sweet to write and direct such a grim subject matter.
Download: Madeleine Parry and Murder Mouth

Murder Mouth was nominated for 4 South Australian Screen Awards and will be a part of the special screenings at The Mercury this weekend. The SASA gala is this coming Friday so we’ll bring you all the news from the night on next week’s show!

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Playlist
“The Look” – Metronomy
“Slow Train” – Alex Lloyd and The Pigram Brothers, from Mad Bastards (2010)
“Road Train” – The Pigram Brothers
“Know Your Chicken” – Cibo Matto
“Kill The Director” – The Wombats

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