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Commissioned especially for ABC iview, WASTELANDER PANDA, a post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi western, will premiere tomorrow, with all 6x10min episodes available for viewers to binge from 10am on iview.

WASTELANDER PANDA, the first drama program to be commissioned by ABC iview, is a co-production between Madman Productions and Epic Films. It’s a post-apocalyptic tale about humanoid panda Isaac, who is banished to the Wasteland after the violent death of a young girl, and sets out to find a replacement to reinstate his family into the Tribe of Legion.

Rebecca Heap, Head of ABC TV Strategy and Digital Products said; “We’re extremely excited to see our first drama commission for iview, WASTELANDER PANDA, come to screens in partnership with Epic Films, Madman, Screen Australia and the SAFC. This will be another ABC binge event for fans of local drama. Though our continued investment in emerging Australia content makers and our strategy to develop new content formats for online, iview audiences have the opportunity to discover and engage with unique entertainment not available anywhere else”.

This series of WASTELANDER PANDA follows an earlier series of webisodes created by Epic Films that have reached cult status with both festivals (SXSW, Vancouver Webfest, LA Webfest, Adelaide Film Festival, Burning Man Australia) and fans.

Fans of fantasy and pop culture will also get a chance to catch the series when it features internationally at Fantastic Fest (Sept 18-25) – the largest genre film festival in the U.S.

Producer Kirsty Stark, said; “Having developed WASTELANDER PANDA as an independent online project over the past few years, it was an amazing opportunity to team up with Madman Production Company and create this new series for ABC iview. We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved and are excited to be showcasing WASTELANDER PANDA on ABC iview tomorrow, followed by our first audience screening at Fantastic Fest in Austin on Sunday morning“.

I am really proud of WASTELANDER PANDA. It’s been a fantastic collaboration with Epic Films and it was a pleasure to have an adventure in the Wasteland with our partners across development and production, namely the ABC, SAFC and Screen Australia. To be commissioned by ABC iview as a Web/TV Series and then to be selected for a film festival is very rewarding for all concerned”, producer, Nick Batzias said.

WASTELANDER PANDA stars Aaron Schuppan (Isaac), Brendan Cowell (voice of Isaac) and Lily Pearl (Rose). It is directed by Victoria Cocks (Epic Films) and Produced by Kirsty Stark (Epic Films) and Nick Batzias (Madman), written by Victoria Cocks, Matt Vesely and Mike Jones. ABC Executive Producer, Christopher Gist.

WASTELANDER PANDA is co-production between an Epic Films and Madman Production Company with the support of Australian Broadcasting Commission, Screen Australia and the SAF.

With You

Today, Dirty South announces the full cast of his short film, ‘With You’, the artistic project that was born out of a creative vision to put scene and context to the music of the similarly titled album. In conjunction with the exclusive announcement, which sees a host of both known and unknown actors come together, including CSI star Gary Dourdan, the artists’ debut film and upcoming album of the same name are now available for pre-order via iTunes (fans who pre-order the album will also receive singles ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Tunnel Vision’ as instant downloads). The cast in alphabetical order is Jearnest Corchado, James Devoti, Gary Dourdan, Nathalie Kelley Cameron Palatas, David Sheridan, Dendrie Taylor, Ilia Volok

Today also sees the reveal of the ‘Tunnel Vision’ music video. Keeping in line with Dirty South’s evolution as an artist, ‘Tunnel Vision’ breaks the mold of the traditional music video and instead offers fans an exclusive scene from the film scored to the hit track.  The video exemplifies the movie with a haunting scene that leaves the viewer guessing what happened before, and what happens next. This unique music video encapsulates the sheer artistic elements that piece the film together, offering a glimpse of what can be expected when the film releases worldwide next Tuesday, September 23rd.

‘WITH YOU’ is the next step in Dirty South’s artistic evolution; traversing the electronic, indie, and alternative soundscape to create a sound and vision all his own. The accompanying short film of the same name – written, directed, and shot by Dirty South – is set for release later this year. For a look at the film’s trailer, fans can check out the artist’s YouTube channel here.

‘Tunnel Vision’ is the latest single from the album ‘With You’ out October 31

The Matches

THE MATCHES are dusting off the cobwebs and are packing their bags and heading to our shores this January. Fans are invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their breakthrough debut album ‘E. Von Dhal Killed The Locals’ playing the album from start to finish whilst including other classics.

Now, the original line up of Justin SanSouci, Jon Devoto, Matthew Whalen and Shawn Harris are in their early thirties are coming together to honour their now adult Australian fans and nostalgiasts with a one off tour, performing the album that kick started it all in their favourite country.

When they started out doing one show to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of ‘E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals’ it  became something they never expected and having  sold out shows all across the USA, now it has led them back to Australia.

 Don’t miss one of the most electrifying live bands you’ll ever see. This is a party you don’t want to miss.



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Missy Higgins

On the eve of her one-off Australian OZ tour that begins tomorrow in Cairns, Missy Higgins OZ album and book are released today.  This follows outstanding album reviews for her eclectic collection of Australian cover versions.

Missy’s collection of Aussie cover songs can be enjoyed on the OZ album, read about in the quirky book of related essays, or experienced together as a deluxe cloth-bound CD/Book edition.

Missy said, “It’s bloody exciting to finally have this album and book out there. It’s a totally new venture for me creatively which always makes it pretty nerve wracking waiting to see if people like it, but so far the response has been amazing. We’ve just put together a really exciting new live show too so I can’t wait to get that out on the road.”

From tomorrow, Missy’s national OZ tour will begin as she performs her only shows for at least the next year. The tour will see Missy perform across Australia until October 30 when the tour wraps in Melbourne.

Tickets remain for some shows but are expected to sell out once the tour begins, and are available from all usual outlets.

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Sat 20 Sept - Cairns, Civic Theatre - SOLD OUT
Sat 21 Sept - Cairns, Civic Theatre - Tickets - 2ND & FINAL SHOW
Tue 23 Sept - Townsville, Entertainment Centre (Auditorium) - Tickets
Wed 24 Sept - Mackay, Entertainment Centre (Plenary Halls A&B) - Tickets
Fri 26 Sept - Caloundra, The Events Centre Theatre - Tickets
Sat 27 Sept - Brisbane, Entertainment Centre (Great Hall) - Tickets
Sun 28 Sept - Toowoomba, Empire Theatre - Tickets
Tue 30 Sept - Gold Coast, The Arts Centre (Arts Theatre) - Tickets
Wed 1 Oct - Lismore, City Hall (Churchill Auditorium) - Tickets
Fri 3 Oct - Newcastle, Civic Theatre - Tickets
Sat 4 Oct - Sydney, Enmore Theatre - SOLD OUT
Sun 5 Oct - Sydney, Enmore Theatre - Tickets - 2ND & FINAL
Mon 6 Oct - Chatswood, The Concourse - Tickets
Tue 7 Oct - Penrith, Joan Sutherland PAC - SOLD OUT
Thu 9 Oct - Wollongong, Anita’s Theatre - SOLD OUT
Sat 11 Oct - Canberra Theatre - Tickets - LAST SEATS
Sun 12 Oct - Wodonga, The Cube - Tickets
Tue 14 Oct - Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * - SOLD OUT
Wed 15 Oct - Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * - SOLD OUT
Thu 16 Oct - Perth, Crown Theatre * - Tickets
Sat 18 Oct - Bunbury, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre * - Tickets
Sun 19 Oct – Mandurah, Performing Arts Centre * - Tickets
Wed 22 Oct – Darwin, Convention Centre * - Tickets
Sat 25 Oct – Adelaide, Entertainment Centre (Theatre) - Tickets
Wed 29 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre - SOLD OUT
Thu 30 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre - Tickets

Hand Of Mercy

HAND OF MERCY will release their new album Resolve on October 31 via UNFD. Resolve is the first album to feature the vocals of Nick Bellringer, who replaced original vocalist Scott Bird in June. Fans can hear Nick’s incredible vocals for the first time via the new music video for ‘Desperate Measures’, which has today been launched on YouTube. Limited Edition vinyl and CD bundles are available now via

Formed in 2007, HAND OF MERCY have become a main stay of the Australian hardcore scene, with their riff-heavy moshcore becoming one of the most signature sounds the scene has to offer. They have toured with EVERYONE, and in doing so have gained the respect and adoration of bands and punters alike.

In 2012, they released their UNFD debut Last Lights, which took the band to new heights around the world. The album debuted at #44 on the ARIA Charts, and saw the band tour throughout Australia, Europe and the UK for two years straight, putting together a loyal fan base across the world.

Resolve was recorded in Boston in late 2013, but its release was delayed when they parted ways with Bird. Flying in was Brisbane native Nick Bellringer, who immediately added a new energy and attitude to their music. Bellringer had a trial by fire upon joining – first touring with Deez Nuts on the Rampage Tour, before heading to Brisbane to record his vocals with Troy Brady from The Amity Affliction. From there, HAND OF MERCY played sold out shows with Architects and will now head out on the massive Resolve Tour in November.

Passing every test, Bellringer has breathed new life into Resolve, which is a stand out album from one of Australia’s leading hardcore units. Their heaviest album yet will include a string of videos and singles to come including ‘Static’ (October 2nd), ‘Axis’ (October 20th) and today’s release of the energetic burst, ‘Desperate Measures’.

HAND OF MERCY will release Resolve on October 31 via UNFD. ‘Desperate Measures’ is available to view now. Vinyl, CD and Merch bundles are available at

Step Up All In

Summary: All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th September, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Trish Sie

Screenwriter: John Swetnam, Duane Adler (characters)

Cast: Chaton Anderson (Sophie), Leslie Arcos (Santana Gomez), Stephen Boss (Jason), Jay Brazeau (Mr. McGowan), Celestina (herself), Frank Crudele (Boris), Briana Evigan (Andie), Parris Goebel (Violet), Ryan Guzman (Sean), Misha Gabriel Hamilton (Eddy), Stephen Stevo Jones (Jasper), Mari Koda (Jenny Kido), Karin Konoval (Ana), Facundo Lombard (Marcos Santiago), Martin Lombard (Martin Santiago), Izabella Miko (Alexxa Brava), Luis Rosado (Monster), Christopher Scott (Hair), Adam Sevani (Moose), David Shreibman (Chad), Chadd Smith (Vladd), Cyrus Spencer (Gauge), Alyson Stoner (Camille), Dzajna ‘Jaja’ Vankova (Robot Girl)

Runtime: 112 mins

Classification: PG




Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Step Up All In review on



David Griffiths:

Yes it is the franchise that just won’t die, no matter how much film lovers rant and rave over it or wish for its demise. But seriously who can blame the executive producers for keeping it going now that they have discovered that these dance films cost very little to make and thanks to teenage girls right around the world end up making hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.

Step Up All In is supposed to be the All-Star Game of this franchise as the best characters/dancers from the previous films line up under the guidance of Sean (Ryan Guzman), Andie (Briana Evigan) and of course the lovable Moose (Adam Sevani) as they try to not only take out the prize offered by a reality show called The Vortex, but prove that dancing can be a fulltime job.

Now I’m actually going to go in and bat for this film a little because despite some of this franchise’s clichéd, recycled storylines and one-dimensional characters creeping in the film does more than enough to please its demographic. The film’s dance sequences are spectacular (despite the fact we are led to believe the characters came up with the finale in just a few hours), and there is more than enough Guzman flesh to keep the teeny boppers happy.

Step Up All In also take a fair swipe at reality television labelling it scripted and corrupt… so it needs to be congratulated for passing that message across to its’ audience. While the storyline revolving around television host Alexxa Brava was let down by Izabella Miko’s acting (was she trying to channel Lady Gaga and the crazy host from The Hunger Games?) at least it tried to make a good point, something that has been rare in Step Up films of the past.

Of course I could also write an entire essay on the weakness of the cast’s acting abilities (is that Asian actress one of the worst actresses to ever hit the big screen???) but of course people don’t go see a Step Up movie to see a Shakespearian performance do they? They’re here for the dancing and that’s about it. Oh, and talking about the Step Up cast, if you’re wondering whether Channing Tatum decides to return to the franchise that made him a name, no he doesn’t, he obviously thinks he is above all this now.

Step Up All In isn’t going to win any awards, but to its credit it also won’t bore its audience to death like some other dance movies have in the past. Now we just have to all sit back and watch as the producers once again count all the cash that comes in.



Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)


IMDB Rating: Step Up All In (2014) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Step Up All In′: For our full Step Up All In review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #96 . You can also read Dave’s Step Up All In review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.


The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’, ”Wish I Was Here,’ ‘The Immigrant,’ ‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue,’ ‘We Are The Best’ and ‘The Infinite Man′ . This episode also contains an interview with Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Dylan O’Brien, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Hugh Sullivan.

Also make sure you take a listen to see what you need to do to win a copy of Romeo + Juliet on DVD thanks to Icon Distribution.

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Ricki Lee DancinAustralian pop songstress Ricki-Lee today announces the release of her fourth studio album “Dance In The Rain” – out October 17 and available for pre-order now.  The album will include the singles: “All We Need Is Love” & “Happy Ever After” and official next single “Giddyup” which is out on October 3. Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive a brand new album track “In The Mood” instantly.

With Stuart Crichton co-producing the bulk of the album alongside Executive Producer Ricki-Lee, “Dance In The Rain” is brimming with pop, dance, R&B and even reggae styles. Ricki-Lee has been locked away in studios around the world paying close attention to the intricacies of the music she wants to define herself with via her latest album. From the dramatic and self-affirming title track, through to the feel-good pop of “All We Need Is Love” and the bangin’ club-ready “Until We Drop” and “Diva”. From the painful and emotive ballad “Mirage”, and the pretty but haunting lullaby “You”, Ricki-Lee’s range and diversity is striking. The next single “GiddyUp” serves up some assertive and intoxicating sass throughout which Ricki-Lee declares – tongue-in-cheek – “Gimme my crown I’m Queen of the night”.

“Life throws so much at you and I write about it all. Through the 18-months of writing and producing the album I figured I had a lot to say and there were so many things I wanted to express – and I managed to pull it all together for this one album” explains Ricki.

Alongside the release of Ricki-Lee’s new album, fans will also be able to see the performer on this year’s season of Seven Networks’ “Dancing With The Stars”, where Ricki will get to incorporate her love of performing with some show-stopping glamour.  Fans will also get to see Ricki perform her hit single “Happy Ever After” on X-Factor on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Ricki-Lee is a household name, a platinum selling singer, writer and producer of her own material, with consistent airplay and chart success spanning across a ten-year career boasting an impressive nine Top 20 singles. After performing on Australian Idol, Ricki-Lee released her self-titled gold debut album in 2005, featuring a trio of hit singles ‘Hell No’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Breathe’. After the success of Young Divas, Ricki-Lee focused on her solo work releasing ‘Brand New Day’ in 2007, housing Top 10 hits ‘Can’t Touch It’, ‘Love Is All Around’ and ‘Can’t Sing A Different Song’. Ricki-Lee’s third solo album, ‘Fear and Freedom’, hit gold and went Top 10, featuring smash singles ‘Burn It Down’, ‘Crazy’, platinum ‘Raining Diamonds’ and double platinum ‘Do It Like That’.