Category Archives: Interviews

SXSW: Todrick Hall and Director Katherine Fairfax Wright talk Behind The Curtain, deadlines and Hall’s Australian tour

One of the highlights among the many premieres at SXSW this month was the documentary Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall, which took us on a behind-the-scenes journey of the creation of Hall’s record Straight Outta Oz, its music videos and a subsequent tour – all put together in an impressively short amount of time. While at the festival I sat down with the film’s director Katherine Fairfax Wright and Todrick Hall himself, who will be heading down to Australia with the show in June. We talk about the pair’s crazy workload, working to deadlines, assembling a team and reflect on some of the film’s themes.... Continue Reading

SXSW: Josh Lawson, Director Josh Greenbaum and Australia’s own 007 George Lazenby talk Becoming Bond

Hot on the heels of winning the SXSW Audience Award for the “Visions” programming, we sat down with Aussie actor Josh Lawson, Director Josh Greenbaum and Australia’s own 007 George Lazenby to talk about the film Becoming Bond, which premiered at the festival last week. This pseudo-documentary tells the story of Lazenby, the only Australian to play 007, and the only 007 to appear in but one film – in fact, it was the only cinematic role that Lazenby would ever play. The story, told from Lazenby’s perspective and in his own words, is re-enacted to outstanding effect (in the style of Drunk History) by Lawson.... Continue Reading

Josh Gad on playing LeFou with a conscience, Beauty And The Beast and musical theatre (EXCLUSIVE)

It’s not often that a TV star gets to bounce from the small screen to the Broadway theatre stage and then leap from there over to the silver screen, but so has been the career of Josh Gad. From stints on New Girl and Gigi: Almost American on television. To then landing a part in the Tony award winning musical The Book Of Mormon. Followed by starring as the lovable snowman Olaf in Disney’s hugely successful animated feature Frozen.... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: Long Strange Trip (USA, 2017) celebrates the magic, myth and madness that is The Grateful Dead

Long Strange Trip is a documentary about the Grateful Dead that feels just like being at one of the band’s concerts. It is a sprawling, swirling psychedelic affair that lives up to its name as it celebrates a band that has notched up over 50 years in the music business as the reigning kings of the counter-culture movement. This documentary occasionally feels like a hagiography but it’s a fun and justified one because it’s ultimately a free-spirited love letter to one crazy, joyful psychedelic band.... Continue Reading

Interview: Planetarium director Rebecca Zlotowski discusses her unique foreign film and how an Oscar winner came to be involved

As the 28th annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival makes its way across the major Australian states through March and April, the toast of French cinema will be at the ready for audiences seeking a sense of European style.  One film sure to hold interest throughout the festival is Planetarium, a lush pre-war drama starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp as two American sisters in Paris whose supernatural inclinations earn the attention of a curious film director.  Talking with The Iris as the film premieres at the festival, director Rebecca Zlotowski discusses the inspiration in structuring the picture, and how a major star like Natalie Portman came to be involved.... Continue Reading

Author Rusty Young talks about the new documentary Wildlands; the companion piece to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

You may already know that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is hitting stores this week. But did you know that some of the stories and missions in the game revolve around true stories and some scary and amazing characters from Bolivia?  To tell us more about these real-life stories, the release of the game is accompanied by a brand new documentary, Wildlands, narrated by Australian born author Rusty Young.... Continue Reading

Xavier Samuel talks about transporting dead bodies in A Few Less Men, filming in WA and David Lynch

Hitting cinemas this Thursday is the sequel to the surprise Australian hit comedy A Few Best Men, A Few Less Men. Ahead of the film’s release, we caught up with star Xavier Samuel to talk about this film, its non-existent David Lynch version, filming in WA and whether or not he has any beef with Drake over the 2008 Australian film Newcastle. You’ll need to read on to understand what that’s all about…... Continue Reading

Aussie director Matthew Salleh talks about his mouth-watering SXSW Premiere documentary Barbecue

Ahead of its premiere on Friday at SXSW in Austin, Texas, we caught up with Australian born, US based director Matthew Salleh to talk about his new documentary feature, Barbecue. The film takes us to 12 countries, from Shisanyama in South Africa, to Engangsgrill in Sweden and everywhere in between to talk about meat: how we cook it and how it reflects the pride of a nation. In our chat, we talk about the art of the BBQ, filming around the world, some wise Texan words and his earlier premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.... Continue Reading

Angourie Rice talks about filming Spider-Man: Homecoming in Atlanta; working on Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

Angourie Rice & Aaron McGrath, the stars of Jasper Jones (in cinemas now) sat down with The Iris’ Larry Heath to talk briefly about their upcoming film projects: Spider-Man Homecoming, which enters Angourie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Beguilded, directed by Sofia Coppola & the new ABC series of Glitch.... Continue Reading