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The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Summary: When The Diary Of A Teenage Girl begins it opens with Minnie (Bel Powley) a 15 year old teenager who is very excited about the fact that she has found a guy who wanted to have sex with her. As the story pans out we soon learn that aspiring artist Minnie lives with her hippie-like mother, Charlotte (Kristen Wiig), and her slightly dorky younger sister, Gretel (Abby Wait), who likes to spy on what Minnie is doing.

So who is the guy that Minnie has lost her virginity to? Well that is soon revealed to be Charlotte’s thirty-five year old boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), who convinces Minnie that he is in love with her and that it is okay for them to start a relationship. Once Minnie has her sexual awakening it then starts her and her best friend Kimmie (Madeleine Waters) on a destructive path of sex and drugs.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th September 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Marielle Heller

Screenwriter: Marielle Heller, Phoebe Gloeckner (characters)

Cast: Miranda Bailey (Andrea), Davy Clements (Arnie), Domino The Cat (Willie), Douglas Gawoski (John), Margarita Levieva (Tabatha), Austin Lyon (Ricky Wasserman), Christopher Meloni (Pascal), Carson Moll (Michael Cocaine), Quinn Nagle (Chuck), John Parsons (Burt), Bel Powley (Minnie), Susannah Schulman (Aline Kominsky (voice)), Alexander Skarsgard (Monroe), Abby Wait (Gretel), Madeleine Waters (Kimmie), Kristen Wiig (Charlotte), Anthony Williams (Frankie)

Runtime: 102 mins

Classification: MA15+




David Griffiths:

Take note – The Diary Of A Teenage Girl is one of the most surprising films of 2015. A click glance of the cast and seeing Kristen Wiig mentioned would have you excused for thinking that this is the latest coming-of-age comedy about the young unattractive teenager trying to impress the boy she likes. Even the film’s poster backs this up and yes I found myself sitting down in the cinema expecting another film in the vein of The Way, Way Back. What I got instead was a really eye-opener of a film that dares to be gritty and different and propels itself into deserving the description – one of the films of the year.

Directed by first time director Marielle Heller and based on a novel by Phoebe Gloeckner The Diary Of A Teenage Girl is a brutally frank look at what happens to a young girl when she is molested by a person that she is supposed to trust. Heller makes a brave decision with this film, she could have made this a dark confronting film like a filmmaker such as Lars Von Trier or Larry Clarke would have, but instead Heller does something different. She instead tell the story of Monroe and Minnie’s relationship in the same way any romance film would. She shows the young girl besotted by her lover and follows their relationship so intently we even see some pretty graphic sex scenes, graphic in the sense of nudity not in the sense of violence. As Minnie tells the story of her first love it is up to the audience to pass the judgment of how wrong the relationship is because for the narrator (Minnie) this is the love affair of a life time. The fact that Heller takes this path makes the Diary Of A Teenage Girl a brilliant film that for once does something different without using that as a marketing ploy.

Heller also brings other things to the table that makes this film a gem. She capitalizes on the fact that Minnie is an aspiring artist and at times during the film brings the artwork to life in animation, a move that only enhances the fact that this sweet and innocent teenager is really creating some pretty confronting and sexual sketches. This style of filmmaking allows the audience to take an occasional break from the fact that a character they love is soon being reduced to low acts of $5 prostitution sex.

The brilliant script (which is also written by Heller) does a great job in giving the audience a view of the goings on straight from Minnie’s innocent point-of-view. We never really get to see Monroe as the stereotypical pedophilic monster that a lot of films would have used to portray him while we also get to see how he is able to get to Minnie as the fact that she sees herself as a fat and unattractive teen is subtly fed to the audience without the use of a sledgehammer. The story also provides moments of great drama. You are forever wondering what will happen when Charlotte learns about Minnie and Monroe, while some of the other characters introduced into Minnie’s life, like Tabatha (Margarita Levieva), also have you wondering exactly what they are planning on doing with Minnie.

When it comes to the cast The Diary Of A Teenage Girl also packs a lot of surprises. For a start there is no sense of comedy at all around Kristen Wiig as she portrays Charlotte, a mother who wants to experiment with drugs and live the hippy lifestyle while always on the lookout for a man who is going to take care of her. At times Wiig is virtually unrecognizable as the same actress who made us laugh so hard in Bridesmaids. Then there is  Alexander Skarsgard who portrays Monroe as your typical everyday lovable loser, the kind of guy you know is never going to amount to anything but certainly wouldn’t suspect of sleeping with a 15 year old girl. Skarsgard turns creepy without turning up the creepiness factor if that makes sense?

Then there is the acting performance of young Bel Powley who deals with a lot in this film. From scenes consisting of her standing naked for a few minutes at a time to the constant barrage of put downs about her appearance this is one role that Powley needs to be rewarded for. A relative unknown until she played Princess Margaret in A Royal Night Out earlier this year Powley’s strong dramatic and daring performance here not only deserves to win her awards but should also be a breakout performance for her in the same way Juno was for Ellen Page. Powley announces herself as an actress to watch in with one hell of a performance.

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl is a must for anyone that likes alternative cinema and doesn’t mind making some brave descisions. The film will be hard to watch for some but is also a fim that will completely stun its audience. Thought provoking and confronting The Diary Of A Teenage Girl not only reveals Bel Powley as an actress to watch but also announces Marielle Heller as a filmmaker to watch.





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


IMDB Rating:  The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment The Diary Of A Teenage Girl reviews: You can listen to our full The Diary Of A Teenage Girl  review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147. You can also read our The Diary Of A Teenage Girl review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.



Summary: 12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) has always thought he was special despite what the nuns at the orphanage tell him. But he doesn’t realise how special he is until he is whisked away in the night and spirited away to Neverland where he is forced to work for Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) who dreams of ruling the mysterious land.

After a daring escape alongside Hook (Garret Headlund) and Sam Smiegel (Adeel Akhtar), and a chance meeting with Tigerlily (Rooney Mara), Peter learns that he is indeed special and soon sees why Blackbeard wants him dead.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th September 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, UK, Australia

Director: Joe Wright

Screenwriter: Jason Fuchs, J.M. Barrie (characters)

Cast: Nicholas Agnew (Pilot Primrose), Adeel Akhtar (Sam Smiegel), Orlando Loo Alfred (Yung), Tony Allen (himself), Gabriel Andreu (Matador), Nonsie Anozie (Bishop), Jozef Aoki (Ranger Pirate ‘Wings’), Jamie Beamish (Not-Dobkins), Neil Bell (Baggy), Brian Bovell (Long John Standing), Kathy Burke (Mother Barnabas), Jack Charles (Chief), Cara Delevingne (Mermaids), Kurt Egyiawan (Murray), Salo Gardner (Older Blackbeard), Garrett Hedlund (Hook), Paul Hunter (Daisy), Hugh Jackman (Blackbeard), Paul Kaye (Mutti Voosht), Amanda Lawrence (Sister Joseph), Jack Lowden (Dobkins), Lewis MacDougall (Nibs), Giacomo Mancini (Michelangelo), Rooney Mara (Tiger Lily), Phil Martin (Goliath), Ami Metcalf (Sister Thomas), Levi Miller (Peter Pan), Aaron Monaghan (Robbins), Tae-joo Na (Kawhu), Dean Nolah (Peanut), Michael Ryan (Silverman), Julian Seager (Livingston), Amanda Seyfried (Mary), Mike Shepherd (Fernley Trebilcock), Harry Lister Smith (Pilot Parker), Jimmy Vee (Lofty), Bronson Webb (Steps), Spencer Wilding (Growler), Leni Zieglmeier (Wendy Darling)

Runtime: 111 mins

Classification: PG




David Griffiths:

Pan was always going to be a film that came under a lot of scrutiny and was going to cop a fair whack of criticism. There are some Disney purists out there that believe once Disney has touched a story there is no need for anyone else to explore the story, and while I disagree with that I do agree with the fact that their have been some pretty dreadful movies over the years that have touched on both the Peter Pan and Captain Hook storylines. What I didn’t expect for Pan though was for it to become a film so alternative that some parents are arguing whether or not it is suitable for children to watch or not.

Now I’ll be honest helicopter parents who are too afraid to let their children play in dirt annoy me. They are normally the same kind of parents that will look for the slightest detail in a film that makes it ‘unwatchable’ for kids and then take to social media on a rant, or tell you why you liking the film is wrong! I’ll also admit that I grew up in the generation where films like Never Ending Story and all it’s magic, plus a healthy dose of monsters with chainsaws (I’m looking at you Gremlins) was considered okay for children to watch at the cinema. Having said that I do agree that Pan is not for very small children, but hey if you have older kids and teens then go nuts because the alternative feel to Pan is actually something a little bit refreshing.

Yes there are some problem scenes for small children, Blackbeard has no problem firing guns at children and natives alike while at the same time Tigerlily doesn’t mind getting a little stabby with some sharp objects but there is also a hell of a lot to like about this film as well. For starts director Joe Wright (known for Pride & Prejudice and Hanna to name a few) and screenwriter Jason Fuchs’ choice to include the songs of bands like Nirvana and The Ramones during some of their scenes came as a complete surprise while the aggression of characters like Blackbird seemed to make this feel seem a lot more ‘real’ then what your typical style of ‘slapstick violence’ would have.

Having declared that there were things about Pan that I loved I also have to admit that the film had its weak points. While the film moves along well it seems to lose a lot of its suspense once Peter, Sam and Hook are out in the wilds of Neverland and despite a relatively good flying Pirate ship chase and battle not even this scene seems to have captured the air of suspense that it deserves. It almost felt at times that Wright is the kind of director that can milk suspense out of a dramatic scene, like when Blackbeard first confronts Peter in the captain’s cabin, but is a little bit out of his depth when it comes to huge action sequences.

The same can also be said for the screenplay’s set up of characters. Peter and Blackbeard get wonderful set-ups which in turn allows Hugh Jackman to shine, but then there is the character of Hook, who any Peter Pan fan will tell you becomes a major character in the lead character’s life. Here Hook is a bit of a mystery, and strangely seems to be a nod as a tribute to Indiana Jones.

This also causes an inconsistency in the acting as well. Levi Miller announces himself as a little star with a brilliant performance in his debut lead role but even he is out acted by Hugh Jackman who relishes in the role of the ‘bad guy’ Blackbird. Jackman here puts in a performance here that we have wanted to see Johnny Depp deliver over the past few years. Jackman is completely transformed and unrecognisable and he genuinely becomes one of Hollywood’s meaner screen nasties. Sadly, the film’s poor reception means most cinema lovers will miss out on the performance.

Also stepping up here is Rooney Mara. Sure she doesn’t have anything near as dramatic to work with as she did when she did Girl With A Dragon Tattoo but she does has her moments as Tigerlily. The criticism she has copped for being a white actress playing a ‘native’ role is also ludicrous. If you look around the ‘tribe’ in Pan they seem to be made up of people of all skin colors, including an Australian Aboriginal playing the tribe’s leader, so seriously the complaints are just a few keyboard warriors with very little to do. Be warned if you’re a fan of Amanda Seyfried or Cara Delevingne just beware that their roles are very small indeed.

Pan certainly does not deserve the backlash that it has received as a film. Sure some of the action sequences do not reach the great heights that they should, but for the most part this is a well acted and alternatively fresh film aimed for teens.



Greg King:

You can read Greg’s full Pan review on





Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)


IMDB Rating:  Pan (2015) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Pan reviews: You can listen to our full Pan  review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147. You can also read our Pan review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.


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To celebrate the launch of The Walking Dead Season 6 digitally in Australia our friends at eOne Entertainment have given us some Rick Grimes Pop! Vinyls to giveaway.

Simply listen to this week’s episode of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show and message us the answer to the question on either Facebook or Twitter and you can win this very special prize for fans of The Walking Dead.

Remember also to check out eOne Entertainment’s digital platforms (iTunes and Google Play) for episodes of The Walking Dead Season six the day after each episode airs on TV from October 13th.


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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Black Mass,’ ‘Graceful Girls,’ ‘Miss You Already,’ and ‘A Walk In The Woods’. This episode also contains interviews with Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Robert Redford, Matthew Bate (Sam Klemke’s Time Machine), Tony Martin (Comedy For Karma), Sammy J & Randy (Comedy For Karma) and Neil Foley (Monster Fest).

Also make sure you are listening this week as the boys launch their brand new competition thanks to our friends at eOne Entertainment. Simply listen to this week’s episode of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show and message us the answer to the question on either Facebook or Twitter and you can win a very special for fans of The Walking Dead. We have two Rick Grimes Pop! Vinyls to giveaway in celebration of eOne Entertainment making available each episode of The Walking Dead Season Six on their digital platforms (iTunes and Google Play) the day after each episode airs on TV from October 13th.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.


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Sammy J And Randy

With Comedy 4 Karma approaching Subculture Entertainment’ Dave Griifiths caught up with Randy from the succsessful comedy duo Sammy J and Randy to find out about the night. Randy also spoke abour ARIA Awards, a recent trip to South Africa and their brand new television show

You can listen to or download our Randy interview right here.

Jaimie ALexander

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

  1. Jaimie Alexander
  2. Tom Hardy
  3. Alexandra Daddario
  4. Priyanka Chopra
  5. Emilia Clarke
  6. Ashley Johnson
  7. Monica Bellucci
  8. Jaclyn Swedberg
  9. Rebecca Ferguson
  10. Morena Baccarin
  11. Emily Blunt
  12. Britt Robertson
  13. Johnny Depp
  14. Bryce Dallas Howard
  15. Camilla Belle
  16. Jessica Chastain
  17. Leonardo DiCaprio
  18. Krysten Ritter
  19. Skyler Samuels
  20. Hailee Steinfeld
  21. Matt Damon
  22. Alycia Debnam-Carey
  23. Kate Mara
  24. Lacey Chabert
  25. Marion Cotillard

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We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.


  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  3. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  4. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  5. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett SMith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, THomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezana
  8. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  9. Jessica Jones (2015) – Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
  10. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  11. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie ALexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  12. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun
  14. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  15. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  16. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) – Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James
  17. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  18. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  19. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  20. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  21. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  22. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  23. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Godron-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  24. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, ALfred Enoch, Jack Falahee
  25. The Revenant (2015) – Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson


The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’s Dave Griffiths chats to comedy legend Tony Martin about a brand new fundraiser that he is involved with called Comedy For Karma. Tony also chats to us about The Late Show, Bargearse and his favourite films of all time.

You can listen to or download our Tony Martin interview right here.



Sammy J & Randy, Celia Pacquola, Tony Martin
MC Tina Del Twist
(one more act announced soon)
Pre-show live music from Melody Moon
Fundraising for Daylesford Dharma School
Friday 16th October
Daylesford Town Hall
76 Vincent St, Daylesford
Tickets $40 + booking fee
available now via
or on the door if not sold out
Doors open 7pm for 8pm start