Posts Tagged timeout
So what have I been doing for the past couple of months that’s precluded me from rambling about popular culture here? Working on screenplays, mostly. (One down! One with a long, long way to go!) But I’ve also been doing plenty of film-related interviews for Time Out, so here are some recent highlights:
Experimental filmmaker Guy Maddin talks about his body of work, the development of his visual style, and his mistrust of cinematic ‘realism’.
Skins’ actor Kaya Scodelario on the challenges of playing Cathy in Andrea Arnolds’ new, poetic adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Geoffrey Wright looks back at his controversial Romper Stomper on its 20th anniversary, and tells why just-starting-out filmmakers should take more risks.
Bollywood superstar Vidya Balan discusses lascivious winking,’virtual sex’, and shifts in Hindi cinema.
Here’s Claudio Simonetti of Goblin on how a young Italian rock band created one of the most famous horror soundtracks of all time for Dario Argento’s Suspiria.
And B-movie legend Larry Cohen – of It’s Alive, God Told Me To, and The Stuff – explains why most Hollywood films are so screwed up.
(Yeah, it’s directors. Goddamn directors.)
The Time Out juggernaut recently reached Melbourne, and I’ve been writing features, interviews and the occasional review for them. The best part? While you can still ride your dinosaur to your local newsagent and buy it in print, all its content’s online as well! You can’t search by author if you want to find my stuff, unfortunately, but here are some of my personal highlights spanning the first few issues.
I interviewed writer / director Andrew Haigh about his enormously moving drama Weekend and asked him what movie he finds genuinely romantic.
Inspired by Hugo and The Artist, I wrote about other films that wistfully look back at their own ancestors.
I talked to nomadic French filmmaker Vincent Moon about how his famous ‘Take Away Shows’ capture music in a way that regular concert documentaries can’t.
Something non-film: I profiled the inspirational Father Bob Maguire about 38 years of fighting the good fight.
And my favourite – because it did what all my favourite interviews do and exposed me to a world I’d never really considered before – I was taken on a walking tour of Melbourne’s cinema graveyards:
According to Dean Brandum, the multi-storey car park next to the Forum theatre is “hallowed ground”. It was once the enormous Majestic Theatre, retooled and refurbished as The Chelsea in 1960. By the mid-70s, however, The Chelsea had become Melbourne’s home of exploitation cinema. “Lots of pornography,” says Brandum, “and lots of European horror like Giallo films. The story goes that you could always see more rats than customers.”
Check out Time Out Melbourne here.