Film Q&A with Animal Logic, animation/VFX studio, Australia

Stunning animation/VFX by Animal Logic (Credit: AACTA)

Five years on from The Lego Movie, here is a story fans have been waiting for: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Leading on from where the first movie ends, everything is not awesome in the Lego-verse when Duplo invaders arrive from outer space with destruction on their minds.

The highly anticipated sequel to The Lego Movie is definitely a film kids will love and adults will appreciate, with catchy pop music, clever dialogue and the stunning animation and visual effects we have come to expect from a Lego movie.

Film Q&A with Writer John Collee and Producer Joe Thomas

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An intense and dramatic film, Hotel Mumbai is the directorial debut of award-winning Australian writer/director Anthony Maras (The Palace II).

With searing realism, this historical crime thriller depicts the terrorist attacks on the heritage Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India on 26 November 2008, part of a series of twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks that were executed with brutal efficiency by ten Pakistani members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an Islamic militant organisation, across Mumbai, India, unleashing mayhem and terror.

During the 26/11 attacks, the media, while endeavouring to keep…

Q&A with filmmaker Vitaly Mansky

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A searing insight into the propaganda of North Korea, Under The Sun is a documentary made in 2015 by filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, filmed under very difficult and controlled circumstances.

Under The Sun follows Lee Zin-mi, an eight-year-old girl living with her parents in Pyongyang as she is prepared and primed to join the Children’s Union.

Writer/director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith discuss the making of Jirga

Mike (Sam Smith) | Photo by permission Benjamin Gilmour

Jirga is the moving story of Mike Wheeler, an Australian soldier who makes the dangerous and difficult journey to a remote Afghan village. While seeking redemption for killing one of the villagers he must face the ‘jirga’, a tribal council who decides his fate. The film challenges our perceptions of a culture portrayed in the media as a breeding ground for Taliban and ISIS extremists.

At a special screening of Jirga, writer/director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith discuss their equally dangerous, difficult and incredible filmmaking process with moderator Margaret Pomeranz.

Making Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds in 1989, insights on filmmaking and future projects.

A post-apocalyptic story | Photo by permission Alex Proyas

A digital restoration of Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds, a post-apocalyptic story set in the Australian outback and first released in 1989, was screened by the Sydney Underground Film Festival 2018 followed by a Q&A with writer/director Alex Proyas.

The moderator, Jaimie Leonarder (aka Jay Katz), introduced Alex to the stage: This was Alex’s first feature film that started a major career as an international feature film director; he directed over 100 outstanding music film clips for Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac, Sting, James Reyne, INXS, Rick Springfield and many others. …

Insights on filmmaking with director Brian Trenchard-Smith

Film Poster by permission AFTRS

This action-packed ironic comedy was released in Australia in 1975 and since has had a revival at various film festivals around the world. Released in the US as The Dragon Flies, it enjoys a somewhat cult following.

NFSA and AFTRS presented Brian Trenchard-Smith, director of The Man from Hong Kong, at a special screening of the film at AFTRS in Sydney. Brian was in conversation with Bachelor of Arts Screen graduate Alexei Toliopoulos and answered questions from the audience.

It must be a real thrill to see this film with an audience, like this, that fully embraced the comedy and the irony?

Yes, definitely. I have seen it with a thousand people in the Czech Republic at a film festival, with subtitles, and…

Revealing the incredible challenges faced by the filmmakers

Mens Vi Lever| Photo by permission Scandinavian Film Festival

Mens Vi Lever is a moving story of family relationships, love and grief, based on an accident that happened years ago in Northern Denmark. The low-budget movie has enjoyed enormous success in its home country and premiered in Australia at the Scandinavian Film Festival.

Danish director Mehdi Avaz and actor Julie Christiansen (who is in the centre of the photo and played Trine) gave amazing insights into the making of Mens Vi Lever, in conversation with Julian Murphet, a professor from the School of Arts and Media at UNSW. Their entertaining discussion is the subject of this blog. …

Director Nash Edgerton talks candidly about making the film.

Gringo | Photo by permission of AFI/AACTA

Gringo is an entertaining and irreverent comedy. The talented cast was led by Joel Edgerton (Richard Rusk) and Charlize Theron (Elaine Markinson), as co-presidents of a pharmaceutical company, and David Oyelowo (Harold Soyinka), as one of their honest and hard-working employees.

Stuntman turned director, Nash Edgerton gave fascinating insights into the making of Gringo at an AFI/AACTA special screening and Q&A, held on 18th June 2018 at the Event Cinemas in Bondi Junction, Sydney. A man of many talents, Nash is also an actor, stuntman, stunt coordinator, writer, producer, editor and camera operator. …

Documentary filmmaker insights, free of spoilers.

Gurrumul performing in the US | Photo by permission of Madman Films

Gurrumul is a sensitive and evocative portrayal of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s life and career by Australian director Paul Damien Williams.

A story of friendship and the merging and clashing of two cultures, this extraordinary and moving documentary includes rare archival footage and Gurrumul’s incredible music and voice.

Blind from birth, the gifted indigenous singer and musician felt most at home with his family on Elcho Island. Also known as Galiwinku or Galiwin’ku, in the local Yolngu indigenous language, Elcho Island is off the northeast coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Skinnyfish Music, Gurrumul’s record label, is…

From accomplished filmmaker to deep sea explorer

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: James Cameron was part of the Vivid Ideas Series talks held in Sydney on Sunday 27th May 2018.

James Cameron is the well-known writer and director of an impressive list of highly successful films: The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2 (1991), The Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009), just to name a few. He is known for performing every and any role in filmmaking.

Tribute by Joel Waldon |

Cameron is also an avid explorer and innovator, being the first solo voyager to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench in…

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