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  • Episode #57 | Michael Bentham and Matilda Ridgway

    Episode #57 | Michael Bentham and Matilda Ridgway

    11/02/2021 Duración: 39min

    Writer and director Michael Bentham and actor Matilda Ridgway join the Cinema Australia Podcast to discuss their new film, Disclosure. Disclosure is an intense, dialogue driven four-hander. It’s a story about what happens when a 4-year-old girl, Natasha, makes a serious allegation against a politician's 9-year-old son. An attempt by the children's parents to tackle the issue in a cooperative way soon degenerates into a vicious confrontation. The parents are played by Matilda, Geraldine Hakewill, Mark Leonard Winter and Tom Wren.

  • Episode #56 | Sally Ingleton

    Episode #56 | Sally Ingleton

    01/02/2021 Duración: 34min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, host Matthew Eeles is joined by one of Australia’s most experienced documentary filmmakers, Sally Ingleton, to talk about her eye-opening new documentary, Wild Things. Wild Things follows a new generation of environmental activists hell-bent on saving their futures from the ravages of climate change.  Sally trained at the Swinburne Film and TV School in Melbourne and her first breakout documentary was The Tenth Dancer which Sally discusses at the beginning of this Podcast. Sally then embarked on actively producing social issues and nature documentaries for global TV. Wild Things is Sally’s first feature length documentary.

  • Episode #55 | Roderick MacKay

    Episode #55 | Roderick MacKay

    09/12/2020 Duración: 41min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, host Matthew Eeles is joined by The Furnace director, Roderick MacKay. To escape a harsh existence and return home, a young Afghan cameleer partners with a mysterious bushman on the run with two 400oz Crown-marked gold bars. Together the unlikely pair must outwit a zealous police sergeant and his troopers in a race to reach a secret furnace - the one place where they can safely reset the bars to remove the mark of the Crown. The story is set in Western Australia in 1897.

  • Episode #54 | Steven Mihaljevich  Carl Maiorana

    Episode #54 | Steven Mihaljevich & Carl Maiorana

    23/11/2020 Duración: 41min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, host Matthew Eeles is joined The Xrossing director Steven Mihaljevich and producer Carl Maiorana to discuss their new coming-of-age drama. The two also co-wrote the film. After the murder of a young girl in the Perth Hills, three boys harass a reclusive Aboriginal man known in the neighbourhood as “Black Bobby (played by Kelton Pell). One of the boys, Chris (played by Luke Morgan), must apologise to Bobby and make amends. Encouraged by his media classmate and friend, Abbey, (Georgia Eyers) Chris builds an unlikely friendship with Bobby. Old friendships are tested and new friendships take shape against the forces of ignorance and crime in the neighbourhood. Betrayal, incarceration and more tragedy are now all at the cross roads. Carl and Steven share some great stories about the making of The Xrossing, including their decision to spell the tittle with an X and they also share a very interesting story about how they cast the film following the tragic death of

  • Episode #53 | Kurt Martin

    Episode #53 | Kurt Martin

    10/11/2020 Duración: 24min

    Writer and director Kurt Martin joins the Cinema Australia Podcast to discuss his new Australian drama, Moon Rock for Monday. Kurt Martin is a director and writer from Sydney, Australia. He has directed numerous short films, TVC's, Music Videos, Web series and Pilot TV series, and has worked on several feature films as an assistant director (1st/2nd) including Teenage Kicks, The School, Out Of The Shadows. Kurt’s body of work has received numerous international nomination's including Switzerland International Film Festival, Schnit Shorts, Tokyo Lift Off, Mumbai Navi International Film Festival and Los Angeles Lift Off Film Festival. His screenplay writing has also been shortlisted for the world’s most prestigious screenplay competitions, including the International prestigious BlueCat ScreenPlay Competition. Kurt is a member in the Director's Chapter in the Australian Director’s Guild and the Australian Film Institute / Australian Academy of Cinema, Television and the Arts.

  • Episode #52 | Samuel Bartlett and Matt Doran

    Episode #52 | Samuel Bartlett and Matt Doran

    04/11/2020 Duración: 53min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, host Matthew Eeles is joined by director Samuel Bartlett and actor Matt Doran to discuss their new Australian thriller, Intersection. When a conman discovers his son is abducted, he is forced to drive the city streets completing an escalating series of trials to appease his child’s kidnapper, and atone for his career of deception. Director Samuel Bartlett studied at the leading national Australian Film TV and Radio School, completed his Masters in Film at Sydney University, and studied story with renowned structure specialist Karel Segers. Matt Doran is a seasoned actor with over three decades of performing experience. In the 90s he was a mainstay character on the hit TV show Home and Away. This TV success launched his film career, working with Terrance Malick alongside Sean Penn in The Thin Red Line, then working with the Wachowski’s on The Matrix and with George Lucas in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

  • Episode #51 | Mark Lamprell

    Episode #51 | Mark Lamprell

    26/10/2020 Duración: 28min

    In this episode Cinema Australia's Matthew Eeles is joined by Mark Lamprell, the director of new Australian comedy, Never Too Late. Never Too Late follows four Vietnam veterans, famous for escaping out of a POW camp, who must now break out of the nursing home from hell to fulfil their unrealised dreams. Mark is a pleasure to interview and is very generous with his answers and stories which I appreciate. Mark has worked in the film industry for many years. In this interview we discuss launching his career with Kennedy Miller productions, working with George Miller on an abandoned script for Hollywood film, Contact, his time working with an incredible cast of acting veterans with Never too Late, and I get real geeky by asking Mark about working with Australian producing veteran Antony Ginnane and working on the cult classic slasher film, Cut! Anyway… Enjoy.

  • Episode #50 | Jeremy Sims

    Episode #50 | Jeremy Sims

    21/10/2020 Duración: 19min

    50 EPISODES! In the 50th episode of this Podcast, Cinema Australia's Matthew Eeles chats with Rams director Jeremy Sims. Rams is a remake of an Icelandic film and follows two Brothers Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton) who have been fighting for decades. Both are award-winning sheep farmers but when disaster strikes and disease threatens their flocks, will they be able to work together to save their sheep, their legacy, and their community? Jeremy is a director, producer and writer of film, television and theatre. Prior to directing Rams, he made Last Cab to Darwin, Beneath Hill 60 and Last Train to Freo.

  • Episode #49 | Roy Billing

    Episode #49 | Roy Billing

    13/10/2020 Duración: 21min

    If you've never seen a film starring Roy Billing, you have no business listening to this Podcast. I'm joking of course, but Billing has been acting since the 80's and has starring in many Australian films including The Dish, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Charlie & Boots, Mystery Road and Occupation. Billing's Australian television credits go all the way back to E-Street and A Country Practice and include Home and Away, Always Greener, Packed to the Rafters, and more recently Underbelly and Jack Irish, two roles Billings tells are are the ones he gets recognised for the most. In this Podcast, Billing discusses launching his career in New Zealand where he was born, moving to Australia and what the local film industry was like at the time, and his latest film, Never Too Late. Never Too Late follows four Vietnam veterans famous for escaping a POW camp. Now they must break out of the nursing home from hell to fulfil their unrealised dreams.

  • Episode #48 | George Pullar And Ashlyn Louden - Gamble

    Episode #48 | George Pullar And Ashlyn Louden - Gamble

    25/08/2020 Duración: 20min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast host Matthew Eeles is joined by actors George Pullar and Ashlyn Louden-Gamble who star in new Australian film, Moon Rock for Monday. Moon Rock for Monday about a young girl named Monday (Ashlyn Louden-Gamble) who believes the moon rock, or Uluru, can help cure her terminal illness. To get to Uluru, Monday befriends Tyler (George Puller), a young man who has committed a heinous crime. Tyler essentially kidnaps Monday to assist with his escape from the cops, while Monday’s father, Bob (Aaron Jeffery), desperately tries to track her down and rescue her from the fugitive.

  • Episode #47 | Justin Dix

    Episode #47 | Justin Dix

    18/08/2020 Duración: 15min

    Justin has been at the forefront of the Australian horror and science fiction film industry for many years as the founder and owner of special effects company Wicked of Oz Studios. Justin has over fifteen years’ experience as a top Special Effects Makeup Designer, Art Director and Production Designer, working on big-budget American productions alongside such recognised directors as George Lucas (STAR WARS) and on productions such as CHARLOTTES WEB and THE BANK JOB. Justin and Wicked have played a part in practically every Australian genre film to come down the pipeline in recent years including THE LOVED ONES, THE BABADOOK and SCARE CAMPAIGN. Justin's new film BLOOD VESSEL is a claustrophobic vampire action horror set on an abandoned World War two warship. BLOOD VESSEL utilises the powerhouse of Wicked’s SFX company and a real-life Bathurst-class corvette to deliver a unique and powerful action horror film.

  • Episode #46 | Isabel Peppard And Josie Hess

    Episode #46 | Isabel Peppard And Josie Hess

    09/06/2020 Duración: 36min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia, host Matthew Eeles is joined by multi award-winning director, animator and visual artist Isabel Peppard and award winning horror, comedy, documentary and porn filmmaker Josie Hess. These two very talented filmmakers have teamed up to co-direct a very unique documentary called, Morgana. In short, Morgana is an artistic character portrait of a 50-year-old housewife, who reinvents herself as a sex-positive feminist porn star. I assure you, once you’ve seen Morgana, it will remain with you long after viewing. Anyway... enjoy!

  • Episode #45 | Cornel Ozies And Taryne Laffar

    Episode #45 | Cornel Ozies And Taryne Laffar

    04/06/2020 Duración: 31min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, hose Matthew Eeles is joined by OUR LAW director Cornel Ozies and producer Taryne Laffar. OUR LAW is set at Western Australia's first Indigenous-run Police Station, two officers learn language and culture to help them police one of the world's most remote beats OUT LAW will screen at the 2020 Sydney Film Festival and on NITV in mid-June.

  • Episode #44 | Ben Lawrence

    Episode #44 | Ben Lawrence

    04/05/2020 Duración: 32min

    Australian filmmaker Ben Lawrence joins the Cinema Australia Podcast to discuss his new film, Hearts and Bones. Ben Lawrence is an internationally award-winning director and photographer. His short films have screened at Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand, Los Angeles, San Gio and Sao Paulo film festivals. His photographs have been recognised at the International Photography Awards in New York, The Australian National Photographic Gallery Portrait Prize, the HeadOn Portrait Festival and The Spider Awards for photojournalism in London. In 2018, his critically acclaimed debut feature documentary, Ghosthunter screened at multiple festivals around the world and was nominated for a prestigious Illuminate Award at the Sheffield Film Festival. It also earned an AACTA Award nomination for Best Feature Length Documentary and won the Best Australian Documentary Award at the Sydney Film Festival.

  • Episode #43 | Miranda Nation

    Episode #43 | Miranda Nation

    02/03/2020 Duración: 33min

    Filmmaker Miranda Nation joins the latest episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast to discuss her tense new psychological drama, Undertow. Determined not to give in to grief after the loss of her baby, Claire becomes suspicious of her husband’s relationship with a feisty young woman, Angie. When she discovers Angie is pregnant, Claire develops an increasingly irrational obsession with her that puts both their lives in danger. Only when confronted by the explosive secret behind Angie’s pregnancy does Claire begin to reclaim her sanity.

  • Episode #42 | Owen Trevor

    Episode #42 | Owen Trevor

    14/01/2020 Duración: 08min

    In this (mini) episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, Matthew Eeles is joined by GO! director Owen Trevor to discuss the new Australian family film. When Jack (William Lodder) and his single mother (Frances O'Connor) move to a small town in Western Australia, he soon gets involved in the competitive world of go-kart racing. Jack's got natural talent but must learn to control his recklessness. To do that, he'll need the help of aspiring engineer, Mandy (Anastasia Bampos), wise-cracking best mate Colin (Darius Amarfio-Jefferson) and mysterious mentor, Patrick (Richard Roxburgh). Together, the team will endeavour to overcome all odds and defeat ruthless racer Dean (Cooper Van Grootel) to win the National Go Kart Championship.

  • Episode #41 | Focus on 2019

    Episode #41 | Focus on 2019

    03/12/2019 Duración: 01h25min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast, host Matthew Eeles is joined by film critics Travis Johnson and Andrew Peirce to discuss the Australian films of 2019. We cover everything from The Nightingale to Ride Like a Girl, the strong representation of people with disabilities in Australian films, documentaries, the independent film scene and much, much more. This episode also includes interview grabs from the late, great Dame Hill, Rachel Griffiths, Jennifer Kent, RJ Mitte and Damon Gameau.

  • Episode #40 | Mike Green

    Episode #40 | Mike Green

    23/10/2019 Duración: 33min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast host Matthew Eeles is joined by independent filmmaker Mike Green to discuss his new thriller, Outback. Outback is a survival nightmare based on the true story of an American couple, Wade (Taylor Wiese) and Lisa (Lauren Lofberg), who become stranded on their way to Uluru. Think Gerald Rocionato’s Cage Dive on dirt.

  • Episode #39 | James Di Martino

    Episode #39 | James Di Martino

    19/09/2019 Duración: 47min

    Cinema Australia's Matthew Eeles is joined by writer and director James Di Martino to discuss his feature film debut, The Faceless Man. The Faceless Man follows Emily (Sophie Thurling) who is struggling to adjust back to everyday life three years after surviving cancer. Living in fear of redeveloping the fatal disease, a manifestation haunts Emily from the depths of her subconscious in the form of a faceless creature; her fear incarnate… Or is it?

  • Episode #38 | Steven Vidler

    Episode #38 | Steven Vidler

    18/08/2019 Duración: 40min

    In this episode of the Cinema Australia we catch up with actor and filmmaker Steven Vidler to discuss his classic Australian film Blackrock and his new Australian film Standing Up For Sunny starring RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad).

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