Top 5 Australian Movies

October 18, 2006

After a cocktail fuelled movie listing session with some new friends on the weekend, I have decided to list my 5 favorite Australian films just for fun. This is in no particular order:

1. Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em – Post nuke party in a leaky fallout shelter featuring Blue Ruin playing the tunes! Introduced the world to the “Bong and Bang Cocktail”, which involves sticking your head in a microwave oven for 10 seconds of “defrost” after pulling a bong.

2. Bliss – Could be because I loved the book so much. I thought this adaptation was fine, preserving the bamboozling nature of the novel. So many famous moments, so I’ll only mention the elephant sitting on the Fiat Bambino for a taster.

3. Lantana – After making Bliss (his first film), it took Ray Lawrence 16 years to come up with his second. And it’s a corker – balanced, sympathetic and deeply moving.

4. Bad Boy Bubby – Rolf De Heer’s excercise in strangeness. Glad-wrapped cats. 32 different DOPs on one film. Whew. It works. It’s funny, scary, wearying and elating.

5. Mad Max – “I am the Nightrider. I’m a fuel injected suicide machine. I am the rocker, I am the roller, I am the out-of-controller! “

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Back from Shanghai

September 9, 2006

Well, so much for keeping up posting here while I was away. Shanghai was an assault on the mind in so many ways. This wasn’t my first trip to China, so there was a lot I was prepared for, but it was the first time I had been there to work. We really needed to hit the ground running – there were so many things to think about and organise.

To sum up, the show went well, and I was really happy with the work we produced for it. Unfortunately Sue got the flu, which made the performances a bit of a struggle, but I think she did very well given the circumstances.

Shanghai is an amazing city. See my Flickr on the right for some photos – I will post more as I sort through them.

More thoughts later. Now I am going to ride my bike over to Footscray to pick up my car. My plan is to ride really slowly on back streets to re-orient myself. It’s good to be back.


Weekend at Wollangarra

February 21, 2006

I just got back from an amazing weekend at Wollangarra! My friend Ross Richards got the job as director there in August last year. Ross was reknowned in the Melbourne mountain biking scene for the “40 percenter” – which means that if he reckoned he had a 40% chance of completing a section of trail without crashing, he’d give it a go. Needless to say, many crashes and much hilarity ensued. Certain members of the local scene miss him very keenly indeed. Anyway, he’s now running this amazing outdoor education centre on the banks of the Macallister River in Victoria’s high country. And last weekend he invited 15 or so close friends to come and play.

It was great fun. I didn’t take my camera, as getting to Woll involves a 20 minute walk followed by a trip over the river on a flying fox, and I was already carrying twice my body weight in bananas. Dave and Tim have sent these photos around, though.

Tim used up quite a lot of memory on his card taking movies, which there was talk of editing together. More on that later.