Category Archives: Interviews

Aussie cinematographer Greig Fraser talks about his Oscar Nomination for Lion

While at a special function to celebrate the Aussies nominated for Academy Awards in Los Angeles, our very own Jaime Lewis sat down with Greig Fraser, who has received an Oscar nomination as Director of Photography for Lion – one of three Australian films (alongside Tanna and Hacksaw Ridge), which is enjoying a slew of nominations at the annual award ceremony. And though Lion may have been one of his most celebrated works, he’s also coming off the back of working as DOP on one of the biggest films of the last year – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Greig spoke to Jaime about the nomination, filming in India and what it all means for Australian cinema.... Continue Reading

Behind-the-scenes with the Oscar Nominated visual effects of Doctor Strange with VFX Supervisor Stef Ceretti

Having already won himself a trophy at the Hollywood Film Awards and the Seattle Film Critics Awards for Doctor Strange‘s Visual Effects, VFX Supervisor Stef Ceretti is up for an Oscar tomorrow – the second time the French native has been up for the accolade (the first being for another Marvel film – Guardians of the Galaxy). Ahead of the awards, and the film’s home release on March 1st, we caught up with Stef while we were in the USA to talk about the film, the team behind it, 3D conversions and the nomination.... Continue Reading

Interview: Training Day and Silicon Valley composer Jeff Cardoni talks recreating iconic sounds and the power of comedy on music

With the new TV series Training Day – an adaptation of the acclaimed 2001 film – hitting airwaves in the USA last week, we caught up with the show’s composer Jeff Cardoni to talk about his work taking the original score and reinterpreting it for the small screen. We also talk about some of his other projects – including the hilarious series Silicon Valley and the upcoming Netflix series GirlBoss.... Continue Reading

Interview: Australian director of Human Rights Watch, Elaine Pearson talks E-team and atrocities taking place in Syria & Libya

Organisations like Human Rights Watch are essential, as they help expose atrocities taking place in war-torn countries. The organisation regularly runs a Human Rights Film festival and they are also supporting a screening of a documentary film called E-Team, a look at what has been happening in Syria and Libya. It was also the recipient of the cinematography award at Sundance in 2014.... Continue Reading

Australian director Rohan Spong on his latest feature documentary Winter at Westbeth

Following its celebrated run at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the new Australian feature documentary Winter at Westbeth will screen in select cinemas around the country from next week. In anticipation of the release, we caught up with the film’s director Rohan Spong to talk about the project, which was filmed across one extraordinary year in New York City’s Westbeth Artists Housing.... Continue Reading

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is in awe of the film’s global appeal (EXCLUSIVE)

Less than 48 hours after winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Drama), we sat down with Director Barry Jenkins to talk about his highly acclaimed, award-winning work Moonlight – which hits Australia cinemas this week. In our 15 minute chat we reflect on the night’s big win, the journey to make the film, casting his leads, the film’s “spiritual essence” and the global interest in the film which has left him in “awe”.... Continue Reading

Tapanui: How a small New Zealand town became the heart and soul of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

“Edge of the Forest”: an apt description of quiet West Otago township Tapanui, the words located underneath it’s welcome signage. On first look, this forestry town on New Zealand’s south island, a few hours east of Queenstown, is no more than a quick stop-off on a road trip through the region’s stunning scenery, which includes the lush Blue Mountains and tranquil Pomahaka River. ... Continue Reading

Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl on dreams becoming reality in The BFG (EXCLUSIVE)

Watching Steven Spielberg’s magical little masterpiece The BFG was something, I admit, I tried to avoid for longer than I should have. I had so many fond memories of reading Roald Dahl’s The BFG growing up as well as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James & The Giant Peach and so many more. I didn’t want to lose those memories with a sub-par film. But, I am so glad I did. Every bit of the movie made me smile and yes, I admit, cry just a little.... Continue Reading

Jemaine Clement talks playing a giant crab in Moana, channelling David Bowie and Maori myths (EXCLUSIVE)

Arriving into Australian cinemas on Boxing Day is Disney’s brand new animated feature Moana and this will be the first time the studio is exploring the culture and myths of the South Pacific region, particularly that of the Polynesian people.... Continue Reading