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Bernardine

Perth singer Bernardine has just launched her debut self titled album and it is taking the Australian music scene by storm. Subculture Entertainment’s Dave G decided to have a chat to Bernardine about her amazing musical career to date and exactly what has inspired her to write her new tracks.

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

The Settlement

It has been a huge past few years for The Settlement and now they are back with a fantastic new single called The Feast. To talk about what went into making the video clip for The Feast and what we can expect on their breand new album (out later in 2015) Subculture Entertainment’s Dave G caught up with Adrian to deliver his The Settlement interview.

You can download or listen to our The Settlement Interview right here.

Scare Campaign

Jumpgate VR, in collaboration with Cyan Films, have created a virtual reality experience for the upcoming Cairnes brothers feature, Scare Campaign – the first time an Australian feature film has used the technology to engage fans. A 90-second teaser trailer has just been released for “Scare Campaign: The VR Experience”, which is available via Jumpgate’s official website and showcases the immersive 3D world designed to capture the feel of the film and give fans a taste of what to expect.

Scare Campaign: The VR Experience” stars Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), who plays a ghost girl in Scare Campaign, the Colin and Cameron Cairnes film about a horror-themed TV “prank” show’s attempts to stay one step ahead of its nihilistic online rivals. The virtual reality short film follows Olivia haunting the derelict interiors of the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in Victoria and was filmed on location during the feature shoot in February.

The teaser trailer was launched in time for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival market, where Scare Campaign producer Julie Ryan will be in attendance. “When I was introduced to the VR technology earlier in the year I was incredibly excited to work with Jumpgate” Ryan commented, “I wanted to see how we could marry the elements of our horror world with their new 3D virtual world and the results are incredible, I have to admit to screaming my way through the 90 second teaser!”

Virtual Reality (VR) has been receiving plenty of hype and attention at festivals, notably this year’s Sundance Film Festival. VR provides the viewer with an immersive and personal experience and is becoming more readily accessible, with technology such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear or Oculus head-mounted displays currently available. Jumpgate Managing Director Anton Andreacchio commented “To be able to support a great Australian film in such a cutting edge space is really exciting for us. We’re working on VR projects in infrastructure and events but it was fantastic to be able to collaborate with creative talents who are really keen to push the medium and explore new ground in entertainment.”

“The entire Scare Campaign team was really great to work with” remarked Jumpgate Head of Production Piers Mussared. “Julie’s energy for the project, Colin and Cam’s enthusiasm for the platform as a future story-telling medium, and Olivia’s fantastic performances meant we were able to develop some really fun and interesting concepts to complement the feature film”. As well as the VR teaser, the Scare Campaign production team has also just released a ‘Reactions to Scare Campaign VR clip’, a video that shows audience reactions to the short in a bid to further build hype and excite fans.

Scare Campaign is the second feature film from Colin and Cameron Cairnes and along with Olivia DeJonge, also stars Meegan Warner (Turn, The Veil) and Ian Meadows (The Moody’s, The Pacific) in lead roles. We have assembled a formidable cast” comments director Colin Cairnes “and the film will be packed with jolting scares and suspenseful set pieces.” “Scare Campaign: The VR Experience” will be available to audiences in late 2015.

Revelation Film Festival
In what has been seen as a bleak time for Australian Cinema, Revelation Perth International Film Festival is leading the charge to demonstrate that a change is afoot.Opening the 18th Revelation Film Festival in 2015 will be Last Cab To Darwin, an extraordinary film of depth and perception. Directed by Jeremy Sims and featuring a high calibre cast including Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver, Last Cab To Darwin is another example of the incredible talent that exists in the local industry.

Also surfing this current revival are a number of other Australian films and co-productions, many of which will have their Australian premiere at Revelation.  Titles such as Plague, Vixen Velvet, Cambodian Space Project, What Lola Wants and Gameloading showcase the diversity of Australian cinema.

The Revelation program will also include two features that have been produced in WA; a snapshot of Perth’s cultural life in Parkerville Amphitheatre: Sets, Bugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll and the quirky Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites which was partially shot in Kambalda. Two more films, the documentary Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay and feature narrative Echoes of War were also directed by Australians.

“It’s the renaissance we didn’t know we were having,” says Revelation Festival Director Richard Sowada, “Combine these high-quality – and in most part undistributed – films with the fantastic shorts and you’d got a more than viable industry on its own terms. That’s a real achievement.”

Revelation Film Festival will also run a number of workshops for both aspiring and established filmmakers including a three day digital filmmaking class with Craig Deeker and an acting masterclass with Steve Bisley.

Revelation’s full program will be released on 6 June. The festival runs 2-12 July.

The Astor Theatre

The new Astor Theatre calendar has been revealed and is now available online at www.astortheatre.net.au. The much-loved calendar, featuring the coming three months of films scheduled for the Astor, will also be mailed to over 20,000 Victorian film fans this week.

The calendar features a carefully curated selection of classic and new release films and sees the return of long-standing favourite, the Astor double-feature. Showing at 7.30pm each Wednesday night, the double features kick off with GET CARTER and POINT BLANK on June 10; THE GOONIES and BEETLEJUICE on June 17; and a trip through bat country with FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS and REPO MAN to round out June.

Screenings on celluloid remain alive and well at the Astor, with Palace Cinemas making good on their promise to retain both 35mm and 70mm formats for the new program. Time-honoured Astor staples POLTERGEIST, ALIENS, BARAKA and HAMLET are all back for screenings on 70mm, while Martin Scorsese’s MEAN STREETS and the brilliant Ken Russell film THE DEVILS will be shown on rare 35mm prints sourced by new manager, Zak Hepburn.

Director Gillian Armstrong’s new documentary, WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED will premiere on Thursday June 25 with a red carpet gala event to celebrate the re-opening of the Astor. Armstrong, a Melbourne local, will appear at the gala to introduce the film, which looks at the career of the largely unknown Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly who dressed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis and Ingrid Bergman during Hollywood’s golden age of cinema. In tribute to Orry-Kelly’s career, the Astor’s forthcoming film program will showcase his handiwork in MALTESE FALCON, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, CASABLANCA and SOME LIKE IT HOT.

The Astor Theatre re-opens to the public on Sunday June 7 and tickets for all sessions and for the opening night gala event will be available from Friday 21 May via www.astortheatre.net.au or www.palacecinemas.com.au

Kill Dirty Youth

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave G caught up with Kill Dirty Youth to talk to them about their new split single Slowdive/Lexipro and their forthcoming shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Dates are below:

Friday May 29th – Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Free entry | 18+ only
Sunday May 31st – Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC
W/ Zombitches + Cosmic Kahuna + The Black Alleys + Grip (DJ set)
Free entry | 18+ only
You can listen to or download our Kill Dirty Youth interview right here.

At Fates

Adelaide’s own At Fates have just released a killer new track called Pointless Philosphy and announced that they are about to head out on the road on their No Mercy tour (dates are below) so Subculture Entertainment’s Dave G caught up with Benn to deliver his At Fates interview.

Saturday June 20th  – Washed Up, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available at door | All Ages
Thursday July 2nd – Hot Damn! , Sydney, NSW
Tickets available at door | 18+ only
Thursday July 9th – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available at door | 18+ only
Thursday 16th July – NEXT! , Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available at door | 18+ only
Thursday 17th July – Black Market, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available at door | 18+ only
You can listen to or download our At Fates interview right here.

Pixels

Sony have just released a brand new Pixels trailer. Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus and features an all star cast including Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Sean Bean, Josh Gad and Kevin James.

It will be released in Australia on the 30th July 2015.

 

StalkHer

Australian cinema’s scariest bad guy, John Jarratt, has placed himself behind and in front of the camera in his directorial debut, STALKHER, an inappropriately funny, dark, romantic thriller, set for theatrical release in late August, distributed by The Backlot Films.

Written by Kris Maric and co-directed by Kaarin Fairfax (well, Jarratt spends half the film tied to a chair, doesn’t he?), who also co-stars with Jarratt, STALKHER is the tale of two people destined for each other, yet destined to be each other’s demise. Offering raw dialogue and characters that will make you laugh at all the wrong things, STALKHER is a gritty battle of the sexes with verbal and physical blows that come thick and fast. Audiences will be kept guessing as they follow twists and turns that lead them to truly wonder who is the cat and who is the mouse in this demented lover’s game.

Jarratt comments on reading the first draft of the script, “It instantly made me think of MISERY meets WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?”.

The film sees Jarratt in the director’s seat for the first time. He also plays the film’s lead, Jack – a rough, charismatic but jaded pharmacist with a stalking obsession. The tables quickly turn when Jack discovers that his prey has claws. “I spent most of my time directing the film while tied to a chair with my hands bound – a fun challenge that I really enjoyed” says Jarratt.

Fans of WOLF CREEK 1 & 2 will enjoy seeing Jarratt getting his comeuppance – the hunter becoming the hunted.

The film also features distinguished Australian talent, Kaarin Fairfax returning to the big screen as Emily – a friendly nurse with a penchant for baking and bad habits. As things unfold we see that Emily’s scars run deeper than her skin. It doesn’t take long for Jack to realise that Emily is not the woman he thought she was.

Executive Producer and industry veteran Alan Finney was blown away by the final product, “STALKHER is a creative masterpiece that relies on two brilliant performances and great dialogue.”

Taking place over one sweltering summer night, sweat drips as the humid air hangs thick with tension. The thrilling story is set against a rustic Aussie backdrop with a hint of country vintage charm all washed down with a cup of laced hot cocoa. From dark until dawn a twisted and thrilling courtship of the sexes takes place that leads one to wonder which one of them will survive the night.

STALKHER has a powerful soundtrack brimming with internationally renowned Australian music artists and songs sourced from as early as the 1920s and leading up to the present. Featuring the likes of Nick Cave, Skyhooks and Sarah Blasko, with a few surprises – including John Jarratt’s song debut ‘Killer in Me’. The music in the film provides the perfect blend of tension and release. From Aussie rock to country twang and haunting lullabies the soundtrack is characterised by a strong dash of old school rock-n-roll, blues and country.

The Backlot Films director/manager Tony Ianiro is relishing using STALKHER as a flagship film project for The Backlot Films inaugural major cinema release programme. Ianiro says, “Audiences should get ready for a night of sex, cupcakes and rock ‘n’ roll.”

STALKHER’s the ultimate Romeo and Juliet story that got old and bitter, with grit and gusto that will bowl the audiences over in shock and laughter. It’s a dark, demented look at love, sex, and kitchen renovations for the over 40’s.

Exact dates and cinemas releasing STALKHER will be announced shortly.  John Jarratt and Kaarin Fairfax will embark upon a Q&A roadshow in cinemas around Australia from early August.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Logo

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘A Royal Night Out,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ and ‘Banksy Does New York′ . This episode also contains interviews with Sarah Gadon, Rupert Everett, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Peter Malone.

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