RIP TIDE – interview with Rhiannon Bannenberg

by GREG KING Rip Tide is a family friendly coming of age tale about Cora (played by Debby Ryan, best known for her work on the Disney Channel), a young model who tires of the high-pressure fashion industry and flees to a small coastal town in Australia to spend time with her aunt. The film has been written by Georgia Harrison and directed by Rhiannon Bannenberg. Greg spoke to Rhiannon about casting the film, the 18-day shoot in the town of Illawara, and the positive messages it send out for young teenaged Continue reading

THE FAMILY – interview with Rosie Jones

by GREG KING The Family explores the history of the strange abusive sect established by former yoga teacher Anna Hamilton-Byrne in Ferny Creek in the 1960s, and which flourished at a property in picturesque Lake Eildon in the late 1960s. In this comprehensive documentary director Rosie Jones gives us some chilling insights into the sect. As part of our MIFF 2016 coverage, Greg spoke to Rosie about the challenges of putting together this documentary. The Family screens at the cinema Nova from February 23. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/f4d7xtrui3jya73/210708_001.MP3 Continue reading

LE RIDE – interview with Phil Keoghan

by GREG KING Phil Keoghan is best known as the host of the tv series The Amazing Race in which he sends contestants off on adventures. In 2013 he embarked on his own grand adventure, in which he and his friend Ben Cornell attempted to recreate the original route of the 1928 Tour de France. The 1928 Tour was one of the most gruelling in the sport’s history, and only 41 of the 161 starters finished the race. Amongst the riders who finished were Australian legend Hubert Opperman, Ernie Bainbridge, Percy Osborne and New Zealand rider Harry Watson. Combining a wealth of Continue reading

ELLA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Douglas Watkin. Not to be confused with Paul Verhoeven's recent dark and disturbing psychological thriller Elle, this is a documentary about Ella Havelka, the first indigenous dancer with the Australian Ballet in the company's fifty year history. Born and raised in the small town of Dubbo, Havelka is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people but was passionate about dance from an early age. This documentary follows her journey from a small country town to the prestigious dance company, and it looks at her ups and downs, her Continue reading

PAWNO – interview with director Paul Ireland

by GREG KING The new Australian film Pawno is set around a pawn shop in Footscray and depicts 24 hours in the lives of various people who hang around the shop. It was written by Damian Hill, and stars John Brumpton. The director is Paul Ireland, a former actor making his feature film debut with Pawno. Greg spoke to Paul to find out about the genesis of the film, the casting process and shooting on the streets of Footscray. http://www.mediafire.com/download/iqyqaau2a7xolpy/210326_001.MP3   Continue reading