Saturday, 28 April 2018

We're Family Now showing at Deckchair Cinema

Nathaniel Kelly's debut feature film, which I had several key roles on, will be screening thrice at Darwin's wonderful outdoor Deckchair Cinema in May.

We're Family now is about a lovable little suburban family. It was shot entirely in Darwin.

Check it out on 12 May (with Q&A), 18 May or 26 May.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Corrugated Iron's Whiplash

This week I attended a talk by Indonesian film director Garin Nugroho. One of the many things he talked about was a kind of theatre in which the actors rock up 30 minutes before the show and are given the story and characters there and then. There is extremely little preparation time, but the director briefly shares their plan, then the actors make the show.

This Corrugated Iron skit show, "Whiplash Theatre", has felt a little like that, as preparation time has been sparse. But like the theatre Garin Nugroho was talking about, it hasn't been a bad thing!

The show is a collection of disconnected scenes and skits, most of which centre around a bit of a "road safety" theme. I really enjoyed working with these two excellent young performers (above), who brought to life a really wacky skit.

That's a picture from a skit I appeared in myself, which included a video projection of me which keeps distracting the live actors who are trying to perform Shakespeare.

Final show (of three) tonight.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

How to make a feature film in just 5 minutes every couple of weeks

I'm always down for an ambitious podcast idea, so when my filmmaker friend Jacob Hazeldine agreed to spend five minutes each fortnight developing a feature film, we had to do it.

It is basically what it sounds like. Every fortnight we record a five minute episode, in which we talk about and develop the film we're going to make (starting from scratch). We cannot actively work on the film outside of those five minutes. And we've got to get the film done in five years, by 2023.

We've done a few episodes so far, and we stream live at Check it out there, or below, or subscribe on your favourite podcast catcher.

The Crucible @ Browns Mart Theatre

Last night was the final performance of The Crucible, directed by Merrilee Mills and staged at Darwin's Browns Mart Theatre.

All of the brilliant cast and crew were an absolute riot. They say it was one of the largest casts Browns Mart has ever had.