All posts by David Hunter

Netflix Review: Ozark is a dark and brooding drama to add to your watch list

I would forgive people about a year ago that got sick of hearing the sentence “Netflix’s awesome new series”. As more and more shows have been added and seasons get renewed, Netflix hasn’t only become more appetizing to our wallets, but an addiction we cannot go without. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, a new show sneaks up and out of the blue. The latest show to achieve that is Ozark, which hits the streaming service today.... Continue Reading

Interview: Steven Knight on writing the dark new Tom Hardy series Taboo, his history with the real Peaky Blinders and World War Z 2

Steven Knight is the creator and writer of some amazing award winning shows, such as Peaky Blinders and even Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. His writing and directing for film has been praised, too, such as the acclaimed Locke with Tom Hardy and the recent Brad Pitt film Allied. And this praise looks set to continue with upcoming projects that include World War Z 2 and The Girl in The Spider’s Web (a continuation or re-invigoration of the Girl with The Dragon Tattoo franchise).... Continue Reading

Interview: First Girl I Loved Director Kerem Sanga on marriage equality and the film’s Australian release

When First Girl I Loved screened in September 2016 as part of the 4th annual Queer Screen Film Fest in Sydney, I was initially disappointed by the film’s second half (read more in my original review). It wasn’t because it was bad film, far from it, however, it was because I had no idea what to expect and was left with the feeling of being cheated by the movie’s second half. When going in for a second viewing, however, I came to realise that the unexpected quality of First Girl I Loved is what makes it thought provoking and powerful, staying with you long after you leave the cinema.... Continue Reading

Interview: Kid Phantom iIllustrator Paul Mason talks The Phantom, hard work and inspirations ahead of Oz Comic-Con Melbourne

Many, many moons ago I was called upon to a great task, one that would give me the privilege of passing down something special to the next generation. I was given the task to buy a newspaper for my Nan, leading me to a newsagency where I found my first The Phantom comic in 1992 as ten years old. Twenty four years later, The Phantom has entered my life again with the emergence of the new series Kid Phantom.... Continue Reading

Interview: Cars 3 actress Lea Delaria talks about Miss Fritter, her bucket list and inspiring the next generation

Lea DeLaria is an amazing creature of human design. The moment you see her in Orange is the New Black, scary comes to mind. Talking to her in person, however, is a whole different kettle of fish. I instantly wanted to crawl through the other end of the phone and talk for hours next to a BBQ and a couple of wines, as long as we keep the place clean… Lea loves her place to be clean!... Continue Reading

Event Review: The Supanova Comic-Con and Gaming Expo delivers its best event ever to Sydney

Saying the Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Expo is a little more than a nerd and geek fest is pulling far too short a straw for the event; rather, it is one rich with amazing artists and cosplayers (one and the same usually), TV and film stars, authors and exhibitors from all over the world. It is, quite simply put, ‘The Pop Culture Hub’.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Outcast speeds up the pace in its second season and cements its status as one of TV’s finest overlooked shows

It has been an extremely busy few weeks for The Iris, with the video game world stuck in the lunacy of E3, Supanova in Sydney and the Sydney Film Festival, we have finally calmed down a little and sunk back into some great couch time with some excellent TV and it gave me some time to finally finish the second season of Outcast!... Continue Reading

Interview: Ewen Bremner on 20 years of Trainspotting, Danny Boyle and the success of Wonder Woman

Ewen Bremner is a calm and thought provoking actor who has seen a broad variety of roles over the years in stage, TV (My Name is Earl, The Lost Room) and the silver screen (Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, Trainspotting 1 & 2, Wonder Woman). Some of the best characters Ewen portrays are very left of normal, with the success of those portrayals thanks to a gift of balancing gritty character drama and a great sense of humour. Throw in his heavy Scottish accent and he has become a huge fan favourite over the years.... Continue Reading