The Casting Couch is now being podcast!

20 July 2009

Every Saturday I host the film review and discussion show The Casting Couch with Mark Pace on JOY 94.9.

The Casting Couch is now being podcast, which means that you can now catch the show at a later date if you aren’t able to listen to it live on Saturdays.

Podcast feed URL:

You can subscribe to the podcasts by either clicking the link at the bottom of The Casting Couch program page or by going direct to the podcast hosting page. MP3s of the shows can also be played from these pages.

The last 5 episodes are currently available plus we’ve uploaded some of our major interviews from the year. At the moment you can hear our interviews with:

The 10 Conditions of Love director Jeff Daniels
My Year Without Sex writer/director Sarah Watt
Mary and Max director Adam Elliot & producer Melanie Coombs

Our interview with Bastardy director Amiel Courtin-Wilson and subject Jack Charles is currently only available within the episode that went to air on 20 June 2009. Hopefully sometime over the next week or two we will also upload the interview that I did with Warwick Thornton and Kath Shelper (Samson and Delilah) in March.


PS There’s more information about what’s coming up on The Casting Couch and previous playlists on the On Air page.

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Film review – Mary and Max (2009)

5 April 2009
Mary Daisy Dinkle (voiced by Toni Collette)

Mary Daisy Dinkle (voiced by Toni Collette)

After the 2003 film Harvie Crumpet won the Academy Award for Best Short Film in the Animation category, expectations were very high for what its creator Adam Elliot would do next. Once again working in the painstaking style of animation known as claymation, the Australian writer/director has made Mary and Max, his first feature. It not only fulfils all expectation about what the talented filmmaker would do next, but exceeds them. Mary and Max is a beautiful film and Elliot’s biggest success yet. Mary and Max still possesses Elliot’s trademark slightly grotesque yet simple visual style and droll approach to storytelling but this time with more dynamism and complexity. The film covers 20 years but only explores the lives of its two characters – Mary Daisy Dinkle (voiced by Toni Collette) and Max Jerry Horovitz (voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Mary is a sad 8-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne. Bullied at school and neglected by her parents, Mary’s loneliness is lifted when she begins a pen friendship with Max, a 44 year-old-man with an eating disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome who lives in New York. It’s a frequently turbulent relationship as the curious nature of Mary letters often set off Max’s anxiety attacks but gradually the pair learn how to manage their communication so that they can each remain the source of joy for the other in otherwise unhappy lives.

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