Category Archives: Interviews

Interview: Filmmaker Genevieve Clay-Smith on Optus’ Connect5 competition

Thanks to Optus, aspiring filmmakers have the opportunity to showcase their talents on a massive stage and stand to win upward of USD $30,000 with the Connect5 competition. With the submissions deadline of October 1st edging ever closer, the Connect5 competition has already seen many short films pour in that are definitely worthy of being celebrated and acknowledged in such a way.... Continue Reading

Interview: Claudia Pickering takes Hollywood by the balls with her US$5k film Frisky

What’s amazing about Claudia Pickering? For one, Claudia taken a huge risk, travelled overseas and directed a film based on her own personal experiences. It could be that the movie has been a huge success in the States and now it’s finally arrived for us Aussie folk in selected cinema runs as well as a digital release. Or is it that Claudia not only wrote and directed, but also acted in the film? I think we’ll all have to agree that it’s all of the above; Claudia is kicking serious arse.... Continue Reading

Interview: American Made director Doug Liman talks about uncovering the heart at the centre of his action films

Doug Liman has never been a director afraid of making bold choices. Whether he’s taking the leap from indie cinema ala Swingers to expensive actioners like The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, or honing his skills as a wrangler in order to challenge a fearless performer such as Tom Cruise, the New York born filmmaker is arguably one of the industry’s strongest and most passionate players.  On the eve of the release of his latest effort, the biographical crime drama American Made, The Iris chatted to the director about what drew him to this outrageous story, and just how one gets away with calling Tom Cruise a “coward”.... Continue Reading

Interview: Composer Tyler Bates on Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, The Punisher, Atomic Blonde & touring with Marilyn Manson

Tyler Bates and his musically talented mind has not only collaborated in taking down hordes of Zombies with Zack Snyder’s Dawn of The Dead, dealt with psychopaths in worlds created by Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween), blurred the lines with Hank Moody (David Duchovny) for the Californication TV series, but has followed the footsteps of his long-time friend and colleague James Gunn all the way to the top! First with Slither, then Super and more recently The Belko Experiment. But the one which stands taller and prouder than all those is Disney and Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy and now his return in scoring its sequel, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2.... Continue Reading

Interview: Elden Henson talks Marvel’s Daredevil and the nostalgia of The Mighty Ducks

There are some actors that have the good fortune of traversing the generations through the medium of pop culture. One of those actors, Elden Henson, has been lucky enough to star in some major franchises as a fan favourite character spanning decades. Recently out in Australia for Oz Comic Con Melbourne 2017, we sat down in a round-table interview to talk to Henson about three of his most iconic roles.... Continue Reading

What does it mean to win #socialshorts? We catch up with last year’s winners to find out

As we reported earlier this week, The AFI-AACTA #socialshorts competition is back for its fourth year, which will award winners across three categories later this year – and voting is now open! To learn more about what the competition has meant to those who have successfully entered and won their category, we caught up with last year’s winners: Sean Meehan, whose film Lost Face took home the Open Category, Andrew Kotatko who won the Drama category for Whoever Was Using This Bed and David Hansen, director of the Comedy winning Slingshot.... Continue Reading

Interview: Stunt Actor Debbie Evans talks The Fate of The Furious, her time with the Ghostbusters and memories of Paul Walker

My entire life has been a Cinephile dream, I was Born in 1982, started watching films like Ghostbusters 2 when I was not allowed to, I was probably 8, since then I have never turned back! The fact you have been through almost all my favourite films through my life, through everyone’s lives, is absolutely insane, do you ever look back and think, what if I had done something else? Was there anything else you wanted to do before going fulltime into stunt work?... Continue Reading

Ansel Elgort & Lily James talk about the ending of Baby Driver

While in Australia, the stars of the new film Baby Driver, Ansel Elgort & Lily James sat down with The Iris’s Larry Heath to talk about the ending of their new film Baby Driver, directed by Edgar Wright. So: was the ending real or imagined? Naturally, there are some spoilers here, so only watch after you’ve seen the film:... Continue Reading