An interview with Tom Hooper, the director of The King’s Speech

20 December 2010
The King's Speech director Tom Hooper

The King's Speech director Tom Hooper

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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An interview with Patrick Hughes, the director of Red Hill

28 November 2010
Red Hill writer/director Patrick Hughes

Red Hill writer/director Patrick Hughes

Red Hill is an Australian thriller/action/western written, directed, produced and edited by Patrick Hughes, making his feature film debut. When I spoke to Hughes he talked about working with actors Steve Bisley and Tom E. Lewis – legends of the Australian film industry – and star on the rise, actor Ryan Kwanten. Hughes also discussed the legacy of the western and how Australia’s history and environment make it such an ideal country to set a modern day western in.

This interview was recorded on Thursday 11 November 2010 and then played on Film Buff’s Forecast (Triple R, 3RRR 102.7FM) on Saturday 27 Novmeber 2010.

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Q&A with Monsters writer/director Gareth Edwards

25 November 2010

On Tuesday 9 November 2010 I hosted a Q&A with Gareth Edwards, the writer and director of Monsters. Some of the highlights (ie I’ve been edited out!) are in this promotional video from Madman Entertainment:

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An interview with Luca Guadagnino, the director of I Am Love

27 June 2010
I Am Love writer/director Luca Guadagnino

I Am Love writer/director Luca Guadagnino

Set in Milan at the start of the last decade I Am Love is about Emma, played by Tilda Swinton, the mother of the extremely wealthy family who made their fortune in the textile business. Evoking both the stylish Hollywood melodramas of Douglas Sirk and the rich mise-en-scene and cinematography of Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, I Am Love is a feast for the senses.

When I spoke with Luca Guadagnino we talked about collaborating with Tilda Swinton, the inspiration for I Am Love‘s cinematography and his love of Jonathan Demme’s films, especially Silence of the Lambs and Rachel Getting Married.

This interview was recorded on Friday 11 June 2010 and then played on The Casting Couch on Saturday 26 June 2010.

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An interview with James Frecheville and Luke Ford from Animal Kingdom

30 May 2010
Animal Kingdom: Joshua 'J' Cody (James Frecheville) and Luke Ford (Darren Cody)

Joshua 'J' Cody (James Frecheville) and Luke Ford (Darren Cody)

James Frecheville makes his feature film acting debut in Animal Kingdom playing J, a teenage boy who goes to live with his grandmother Janine, played by Jacki Weaver, after the death of his mother. J is exposed to a world of violence and criminality via his four uncles, in particular the very dangerous Pope, played by Ben Mendelsohn.

While promoting Animal Kingdom I spoke with James and Luke Ford, who plays J’s youngest uncle Darren. The pair spoke about creating the dynamics between the family members and in particular Ben Mendelsohn’s methods of creating tension on set that would carry over into the film. James spoke about the key scene in the film where J’s virtually blank exterior breaks down during a brief outpouring of emotion and Luke, who previously won an Australian Film Institute award for his portrayal of an autistic boy in The Black Balloon, spoke about how he gets into the head of a character.

This interview was recorded on Monday 24 May 2010 and then played on The Casting Couch on Saturday 29 May 2010. The interview took place in the hotel where the actors were staying so the sound quality is not as good as a studio recording.

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An interview with Fernando Trueba, the director of The Dancer and the Thief

12 May 2010
Ricardo Darín and Abel Ayala in Fernando Trueba's The Dancer and the Thief

Ricardo Darín and Abel Ayala in Fernando Trueba's The Dancer and the Thief

Spanish director Fernando Trueba’s previous films have included the Latin Jazz documentary Calle 54 and the Academy Award winning Belle Époque. His latest film The Dancer and the Thief was Spain’s official entry for the 2010 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film and it was also nominated for 9 Goya Awards. The Dancer and the Thief is screening as part of the Spanish Film Festival, which also includes a retrospective of his previous films.

The following interview was recorded on Wednesday 5 May 2010 and then played on The Casting Couch on Saturday 8 May 2010.

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An interview with Nick Barkla from Blind Company

3 May 2010

Nick Barkla as Josh Brewster in Blind Company

Nick Barkla as Josh Brewster in Blind Company

Alkinos Tsilimidos’s Blind Company is about Geoff Brewster (Colin Friels) a dying man who has agreed with his wife that he will spend the remainder of his life by himself in the family’s Tasmanian beach home. His serenity is intruded upon by the arrival of his troubled  and angry nephew Josh, who seems determined to make Geoff face his demons.

Josh is played by Australian actor Nick Barkla whom I spoke to on the phone on Saturday 24 April 2010. The following interview was then played on The Casting Couch the week following on Saturday 1 May 2010.

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