Whilst the first ever full length feature film as made in Australia (it’s true, Google it!) the Australian film industry has had its up and down times. Recently that has been changing with the making of major films in Australia and what appears to be a robust “independent” film industry resurgence. In this episode Gerri and Eugenia talk about two of these “independent” films that have been made in Australia. Australian Stories told by Australians with international casts. These actors are from some of Sci Fi’s favourite shows such as Stargate SG-1 and The Hobbit, Star Wars and Mad Max.
Blue World Order www.bwomovie.com is set after a nuclear war has decimated the northern hemisphere, and the surviving population in the south become desperate. Society crumbles and an infectious bacteria threatens to destroy those who remain. Some of the films well-known actors include Steven Hunter from “The Hobbit “ and Billy Zane of “The Phantom”, Bruce Spence from “Mad Max” and Jack Thompson of Star Wars. Movie written, directed and produced by Ché Baker. In this podcast Gerri and Eugenia interview actor Stephen Hunter and writer/director Ché Baker.
The second Project Eden Vol 1, www.facebook.com/projectedenfilm/ is a dramatic thriller about a young woman who, aided by an ex-military officer, becomes an unwitting fugitive after she discovers her son’s catatonic state may be at the heart of a global conspiracy. The film stars Cliff Simon, Eric Avari and Mike Dupod all from Stargate SG-1. Directed and written by Ashlee Jensen and Terrance M. Young.
Gerri and Eugenia interview Cliff Simon and Terrance Young.
As you can see, Gerri and Eugenia have a lot for you in this episode. Please support Australian films and industry by going to see them when released in a cinema near you.
We all do it, we go to the movies and watch the actors on the screen play our favourite heroes and villains and walk away saying “Gee that was good”, and “Wasn’t … brilliant”! Yes, the actors do the acting and the directors do the directing! However, we have all seen those shaky sets, ad props the bad make-up/hair and the crappy fight scenes that we all think “Give me a wet lettuce leaf and I could fight better than that!”
However, if you can get a VERY GOOD Set/prop maker, hair and make-up artist, and a fight coordinator you know that you have a VERY GOOD movie. And this is what Eugenia and Gerri have for you in this episode! From WETA they have two of the artists that made the magic of movies such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Elysium and the Netflix series “Spectre”. Warren Dion Smith make-up artist and hair specialist (think of all those dwarves and all that hair, Warren makes it look natural), and Mark Dewes , props artist (this man can make a bit of foam look like Excalibur). Then they have Richard Norton, stunt and fight coordinator who has worked with Jackie Chan and on movies such as the latest Mad Max! So if you want to know more about the film industry in the “antipodes”, this is the episode for you with two Kiwis and an Aussie making movies for you! Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Daniel and Lionel Supanova Expo www.supanova.com.au and www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com respectively for their interview with Richard! Eugenia and Gerri love talking with those that make the magic happen and you will too!
In a world far away, more than one hominid species survived and they come in all shapes and sizes! There are Men, Elves, Hobbits, Dwarves, as well as strange creatures and more! In their last podcast Eugenia and Gerri had a talk with a Hobbit from Middle-Earth and in this episode they talk with Dwarves and not just one or two or even three or four but 5 of them! Well, 5.5 really as Eugenia and Gerri talk to one twice!! They found that it was so much fun to talk to them that they just could not stop themselves from catching up with John Callen twice. So, what are they talking about, Middle-Earth, and the Dwarves of course. Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Oz Comic Con and Blue Planet Public Relations http://www.blueplanetpr.com.au for their interviews with Jed Brophy (Nori), John Cullen (Oin) and Stephen Hunter (Bombur) catch them at http://www.ozcomiccon.com and Supanova Pop Culture Expo and Lionel Midford Publicity for their interviews with John Cullen (yes another interview), William Kircher (Bilfur) and Mark Hadlow (Dori), catch them at http://www.supanova.com.au and http://www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for their next events.
Every now and again there is what may be called an “epic” movie and in recent times there has been not only one but a whole series of epic movies! Made in Gerri and Eugenia’s neighbouring country of New Zealand, they are of course, The Lord of the Rings trilogy! In this episode they talk about the movies, who really was the “hero” and of course that magnificent country, New Zealand! (Did you know that Australia still has in its constitution that New Zealand can decide to join as part of its Commonwealth!) So, of course they are discussing the Lord of the Ring movies and they also get to talk with the amazing Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee, who Gerri really thinks is the most important of the Hobbits and the most important character of the story. Sean is no stranger to our screens appearing in The Goonies, Jeremiah, 24 and voicing Raphael in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Gerri and Eugenia would like to thank the crew from OZ Comic Con http://www.ozcomiccon.com for allowing them to interview Sean.
In this podcast Eugenia and Gerri go a bit Epic! Lord of the Rings Epic that is! They discuss the J R Tolkien’s epic series and Peter Jackson’s movies. What do they really think? Are they true ring fans? What they are is very lucky in this podcast they get to interview one of New Zealand’s LOTR actors none other Bruce Hopkins who played Gamling, lieutenant to King Théoden. This is not the first podcast that Bruce has been part of, download Podcast 33 to hear Bruce interviewing them for his NZ radio show. Eugenia and Gerri caught up with Bruce at Armageddon Expo check out who could be coming next at http://www.armageddonexpo.com . Go to Bruce’s site http://jmsstyxnyes.tripod.com/bruce-hopkins/bhstart.htm where you can find out what he is up to and link to his NZ radio show.