In the 1990s Time magazine called her the ‘Queen of the Indies’ and more recently The New Yorker named her ‘the greatest character actress of the last few decades’. Parker Posey’s diverse and varied acting career has spanned over two decades now, not only in independent cinema but also in Hollywood blockbusters and television. She has frequently worked with Hal Hartley and also with Christopher Guest in films such as Best In Show where she has had to improvise all her dialogue. She is the subject of a film program at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which is screening a selection of the key films from her career including two of her most recent films: Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle.
This interview was recorded on Sunday 13 March 2016 and then played on Plato’s Cave(Triple R, 3RRR 102.7FM) on Monday 14 March 2016.
Thank you to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Triple R for arranging this interview. The ‘In Praise of Parker Posey’ program is screening at ACMI until 28 March 2016. Go to acmi.net.au/film for screening times.
Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris made the three films in the music documentary series The Decline of Western Civilization, which are currently screening at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, after having recently been restored for their release on DVD and blu-ray by Spheeris and her daughter Anna Fox. Spherris has an eclectic filmmaking career having made independent documentaries and dramas, as well as studio family films and comedies, including the original Wayne’s World. TheDecline of Western Civilization was shot in 1979 and released at the start of 1981 and was her feature film debut, with its raw and often confronting portrayal of the Los Angeles punk scene at the time.
This interview was recorded on Sunday 28 February 2016 and then played on Plato’s Cave(Triple R, 3RRR 102.7FM) on Monday 7 March 2016 as an hour long special that included music from all three films. You can listen back to that special via Triple R’s Radio On Demand service and here:
Alternatively, you can listen back to the podcast version of the show, which just contains the interview with Spheeris:
Thank you to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image for arranging this interview. The Decline of Western Civilization films are screening at ACMI until 13 March 2016. Go to acmi.net.au/film for screening times.
‘Let’s Have a War’
‘Cradle to the Grave’
‘Under My Wheels’
Alice Cooper featuring Axl Rose, Slash & Izzy Stradlin from Guns N’ Roses
The Orator is the first ever feature film made in Samoa, entirely in the Samoan language and telling a Samoan story. It is about a farmer who must defend his land, family and ancestry.
When I spoke with the film’s writer/director Tusi Tamasese he discussed the importance of making this film, its visual style and sound design, and some of the aspects of Samoan culture that are depicted in the film.
This interview was recorded on Thursday 10 November 2011 and then played on Film Buff’s Forecast (Triple R, 3RRR 102.7FM) on Saturday 12 November 2011.
Over 130,000 children were deported from the UK as part of various Child Migration Schemes. It is estimated that Australia received 7,000 children between 1912 and 1970. Many of these children were sent without the consent or knowledge of their parents. Once in Australia the children were used for cheap labour and many were abused.
In 1986 an English social worker named Margaret Humphreys discovered and then exposed the scheme despite immense pressure from very powerful groups who had a vested interest in it being kept quite. The new Australian/UK co-production Oranges and Sunshine, by director Jim Loach,tells Margaret’s story (who is still working to reunited lost family members).
This interview was recorded on Friday 27 May 2011 and then played on Film Buff’s Forecast (Triple R, 3RRR 102.7FM) on Saturday 11 June 2011.
Brendan Fletcher is the writer and director of Mad Bastards, a new Australian feature film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is set for a general release in Australian on 5 May 2011. Almost set entirely in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and predominantly starring non-professional actors, Mad Bastards is an insightful and moving look at some of the problems facing Indigenous men today.
This interview was recorded on Thursday 7 April 2011 and then played on Film Buff’s Forecast (Triple R, 3RRR 102.7FM) on Saturday 23 April 2011.
Filmmaker Todd Solondz is known for his dark social satires, exploring both the profane and mundane in middle-class American life with the blackest of black humour. His characters typically suffer from a variety of anxieties, insecurities and personal demons and his films explore a number of themes that many other filmmakers wouldn’t dare touch. In films such as Welcome to the Dollhouse, Storytelling, Palindromes and now Life During Wartime – a sort of sequel to his 1998 masterpiece Happiness – Solondz has asserted himself as a unique voice in contemporary independent American cinema.
This interview was recorded on Thursday 23 December 2010 and then played on Smart Arts (Triple R, 3RRR 102.7FM) on Thursday 30 December 2010.
In The King’s Speech, Colin Firth plays King George VI who unexpectedly became the king of England after his father’s death and his brother’s abdication. With a cripplingly debilitating speech impediment he worked extensively with an Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), to prepare him for a life of public speaking.
This interview was recorded on Wednesday 15 December 2010 and then played on Film Buff’s Forecast (Triple R, 3RRR 102.7FM) on Saturday 18 December 2010.
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