Category Archives: Australian

So just what happens at the Supanova Comic Con and Gaming Expo in Sydney?

Supanova Comic-Con & Gaming is back for another round of panel heavy indulgence with our favourite screen and gaming stars and amazing fan-made Cosplay, artists and merchandise stalls and some intense gaming for young and old at heart.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Juliet, Naked (USA, 2018) Is The Rom-Com We Deserve

Relationships are hard, messy complicated things. Finding a balance between what you want and what your partner wants, whilst still retaining a sense of uniqueness feels impossible. Most mainstream Hollywood rom-coms would have us believe that it’s possible with their glossy happy endings. Juliet, Naked is not the rom-com we need but the one we deserve, as it prefers to be a little more realistic.... Continue Reading

Five Things We Learned From Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix Special Nanette

The best kind of comedy is the one that makes you laugh and cry. It’s the stuff that’s funny but also makes you stop and think. This is precisely the environment that Tasmanian-born comic, Hannah Gadsby’s final swansong, Nanette occupies. This award-winning show was filmed at the Sydney Opera House in 2018 and will premiere on Netflix this month. The Iris’s Natalie Salvo has put together the top five things she learned.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Jirga (Australia, 2017) is a humane look behind the curtain of war

That Jirga is quiet and understated is the film’s biggest strength, consciously moving away from the lurid details of your typical war blockbuster and presenting something of a bare-bones human story about redemption and forgiveness. When Director Benjamin Gilmour and actor Sam Smith, both Australian, spent 20 days shooting this film they did so at great risk to their own lives. It was made in secret, shot on a camera bought at a Pakistani shopping mall, amidst all the storied dangers of a country like Afghanistan, mainly the risk of being taken hostage by ISIS or killed in a suicide bombing. Smith reportedly slept with a knife in his hand under a pillow while staying in a hotel room with a broken lock, and one of the Afghani actors carried a handgun as security.... Continue Reading

Interview: Matt Ryan on Constantine, repeated resurrections and Supanova Comic Con and Gaming

Every now and then an actor lands a role that somehow becomes almost synonymous with their name and face, and you could probably say that of Matt Ryan. After completing a performing arts course and graduating from the Bristol Old Vic theatre school he moved through a variety of television and movie roles before landing a part on American TV series Criminal Minds. His character Mick Rawson ended up in a spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour which then lead into him landing that synonymous role of John Constantine on the NBC series Constantine. ... Continue Reading