Monthly Archives: August 2017

Sarah McLeod Album Cover

This week sees Aussie rocker Sarah McLeod not only release her brand new album Rocky’s Diner but also embark on her national tour. Dave Griffiths caught up with Sarah to chat about the inspirations behind the new album and also the new challenges she has set herself with the tour.

You can listen to or download our Sarah McLeod interview right here.

 

Sarah McLeod Tour

River oaks Tour

With River Oaks (Shane Told from Silverstein) bringing his show to Australia alongside Hawthorne Heights Dave Griffiths caught up with Shane to talk about what the River Oaks project means to him and also what Australian fans can expect to see at the shows.

You can listen to or download our River Oaks interview right here.

Starset

With Starset about to embark on their Australian tour Dave Griffiths caught up with the band to talk about the tour in depth and also about their great new graphic novel… and of course what comics they love.

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

Spider-Man Homecoming Poster

Robert Downey Jnr. returns as Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Dave Griffiths was able to deliver this interview with the man talking all about the role. Downey Jnr talks about how Tony Stark is a mentor to Peter Parker and how he believes that Iron Man is the heart of the Avengers franchise.

You can listen to or download our Robert Downey Jnr interview right here.

A Monster Calls Poster

When a seasoned actor like Liam Neeson tells you that his latest film made him cry you not only sit up and take notice but you realise that as a cinema lover you are about to watch a film that really means something.

Long before he was chasing bad guys in Taken or taking on Jedi skills in Star Wars Neeson worked on some of the most emotional films that Hollywood has ever seen – from the brilliant portrayal of a man overcome with grief during World War II in Schindler’s List through to Gangs Of New York and Les Miserables… Neeson knows a thing or two about films that are going to emotionally affect their audience.

When Neeson sits down to talk about his brand new film A Monster Calls – in which he voices the monster – his excitement and commitment to the film are clearly evident and you can tell that this wasn’t a film that he needed much persuading to be involved with. “It’s magical realism,” he says with his eyes lighting up. “It’s a fable about the complexity of our emotions, and how we navigate that complexity as we are growing up. The film is as rich and as imaginative as the book is – it’s quite a cinematic achievement. The subjects that the film deals with are how to grow as a young boy and how to handle very, very complex emotions, especially when a lot of those emotions deal with loss, death and it looks at where you fit in the world – especially when you are at school, and we have all been through that and we have all have tales to tell. The book and the film both very, very beautifully navigates you through this web of heavy and extreme and grey moral issues that all young boys and girls are confronting these days.”

Even Neeson’s role is very much full of subtext and is perhaps the most important character in the entire film. “I plays a character called The Monster,” he explains. “He is conjured up in our young heroes mind. He is like thirty metres tall, he is huge. He comes from the Earth and he is essentially made of the Earth – timber and trees – ancient trees at that – and he represents the universe.”

Neeson is quick to admit that one of the reasons why he wanted to be part of the film was because it had director, J.A. Bayona, at the helm. “I saw two of his films – The Orphanage and The Impossible – and they kind of blew me away. I thought ‘wow here’s a real cinema talent.’ So when I heard that he was doing Patrick Ness’s book A Monster Calls, which I had read, I thought that was a marriage made in heaven right there. Working with J.A. Bayona has been one of those unique experiences that you don’t come across very often. I’ve done 63 or 64 films and every so often you work with a director who just takes you into their world and takes you into the world of the film that they are shooting, He eats, sleeps and drinks films – film and cinema – he’s a little walking encyclopaedia – in fact he is very much like Martin Scorsese. He takes care of you as a director, he nurtures you – he nurtures the performers in the scene, he even nurtures the scene. He allows you to experiment and he just wants you to get to the truth of what the scene is and he will takes as long as it takes to get there and I love working with a director like that.”

With a film that has obviously left an impression on Neeson himself he has no trouble explaining what he thinks audiences will be left feeling after they have viewed it. “It think audiences will be stunned by the technical achievement of not just the motion capture but how it integrates with the story and it is a very moving story, a very, very beautifully written story and it has been very beautifully acted. There is some comedy in it but I think audiences will connect with the emotion in a very, very big way.”

 

The beautiful and moving A Monster Calls will be released in Australian cinemas on 27th July.

Accept

With the legendary Accept dropping their brand new album The Rise Of Chaos this month Dave Griffiths sat down and had a chat with guitarist Wolf Hoffman. Wolf chats to us about how the world around him inspired this album and we go deep into how the band put this album together.

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

Cradle Of FilthCradle Of Filth are about to return with their brand new album Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness Of Decay so Dave Griffiths sat down with frontman Dani Filth for a little Dani. Amidst a London storm Dani chats to us about the Victorian gothic horror that inspired this album and also lets us know whether Australia can expect a Cradle Of Filth tour anytime soon.

You can listen to or download our Cradle Of Filth interview right here.

Less Than Jake

With ska-punk legends Less Than Jake heading back to Australia for a tour in October Dave Griffiths caught up with Vinnie from the band to talk about the band’s longevity and of course two of the band’s favourite topics – films and television.

You can listen to and download our Less Than Jake interview right here.

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