Summary: THAT’S NOT MY DOG is a joyous comedy that celebrates our love of joke telling. The film centers around the lovable Shane Jacobson (playing himself) who is throwing a party. Invited are the funniest people Shane knows comprising of Australia’s biggest stars along with several Australian music legends playing their biggest hits live, right throughout the party. The invite that goes out is clear. Don’t bring meat. We’ll provide the beer. Just come armed with nothing but the funniest jokes you’ve ever heard. Shane will take care of the rest. It’ll be a night of great friends telling the world’s funniest jokes over a beer and BBQ.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th March 2018
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Dean Murphy
Cast: Bec Asha (herself), Michala Banas (herself), Adam Brand (himself), Rob Carlton (himself), Ross Daniels (himself), Dave Eastgate (himself), Stewart Faichney (himself), Paul Fenech (himself), Tim Ferguson (himself), Marty Fields (himself), John Foreman (himself), Stephan Hall (himself), Paul Hogan (himself), Ronald Jacobson (himself), Shane Jacobson (himself), Jimeoin (himself), Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows (themselves), Ed Kavalee (himself), Dan Kelly (himself), Khaled Khalafella (himself), Bev Killick (herself), Hung Le (himself), Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann (himself), Nathaniel Antonio Lloyd (himself), Lulu McClathy (herself), The Meltdown (themselves), Genevieve Morris (herself), Russell Morris (himself), Spud Murphy (himself), Fiona O’Loughlin (herself), Emily Taheny (herself), Steve Vizard (himself), Christie Whelan (herself)
Dave Griffiths Review:
When it comes to comedy specials things are normally pretty straight forward – it’s either one comedian doing stand-up for the entire special or a producer randomly selects the current ‘it’ comedian to host a special where they simply just stand in front of a camera and ‘introduce’ a myriad of comedians to perform their own stand-up routine. That’s where That’s Not My Dog comes into its own.
Aussie comedy great Shane Jacobson (The Bourne Legacy, The Dressmaker) came up with an absolute gem of an idea when he rang his great mate producer/director Dean Murphy (Charlie &Boots, Strange Bedfellows) and said that he wanted to bring back the art of telling a good old-fashioned joke. Of course the creative mind of Jacobson wouldn’t settle for just the plain old comedy special, and in his brilliance he comes up with the wonderful idea of inviting 30 of his funniest mates to come to a BBQ – eat great food, have some brilliant live music played for them while they also stand around telling some of the funniest jokes that you are ever likely to hear.
The result is a brilliant film that turns out to be a celebration of Australian comedy like we have never seen before. The audience sits laughing themselves into hysterics as comedy greats like Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee, Strange Bedfellows) and Steve Vizard (Full Frontal, The Wrong Girl) join forces with comedians of today, like Jimeon (The Craic, The Extra) and Lehmo (Any Questions For Ben, Utopia) and tell three of the funniest jokes that they know. Then of course there are also the hidden talents of those such as Michaela Banas (Nowhere Boys, Always Greener) who steals the show with not only her jokes but also with her ability to tell them.
The concept of the jokes being told at a BBQ just adds to the film with the background noise, and live music being provided by the likes of Dan Kelly, The Black Sorrows and Adam Brand just adding even more atmosphere to the film. What works best though with the film is of course the jokes and luckily for Jacobson his cast came along armed with some of the best jokes that you are ever likely to hear. Aside from Michaela Banas the other star here who really steals the show is the great Marty Fields (Ghost Rider, Blue Heelers) who just delivers comedy gem after comedy gem.
That’s Not My Dog is a brilliant comedic idea that results in pure comedy gold. Shane Jacobson needs to be applauded for taking a stance and re-introducing the lost of art of joke telling to Australians and we should all support him by not only going to see the film but by turning up to work on Monday and saying “hey guys, you should hear this joke I heard on the weekend.”
Greg King’s Review:
The affable Shane Jacobson (whose previous film The BBQ was a massive disappointment and a laboured and unfunny comedy that failed to fire up) threw a massive party at his father’s property in Clarkeville, in regional Victoria. He invited along thirty of Australia’s top comics to share in the joy of joke telling and laughter. He provided all the meat and beer, all the guests had to provide was their funniest jokes. Guests included Paul Hogan, Jimeoin, Marty Fields, Stephen Hall, Fiona O’Loughlin and Tim Ferguson, amongst many others.
The whole night was captured on film by filmmaker Dean Murphy, who directed both Jacobson and Hogan in the road comedy Charlie And Boots. Murphy adopts a free-flowing style here as the camera roams around the party, recording the jokes and the camaraderie. Gags fly thick and fast throughout the relatively brisk 89-minute running time. Each of the guests are given their moment to shine, but some seem to get more screen time than others. Some of the jokes may be familiar, but the veteran comics also put a fresh spin on the gags. And the musical accompaniment to the evening was provided by a bevy of musical acts, including The Black Sorrows, Russell Morris, Adam Brand and Dan Kelly.
That’s Not My Dog is like spending an informal evening in the company of these comics as they enjoy each other’s company and eavesdropping on their funny stories in a somewhat relaxed setting. Everyone seemed to be having a ball. Jacobson’s father Ron comes across as a pretty good story teller himself, but his energy seems to be flagging by the end of the night. The whole thing was filmed over one long night, shot by cinematographer Robert Lanser (who shot Murphy’s Charlie And Boots). Then Murphy and his editor Robert Mond patiently worked through the footage to tighten up the material and remove jokes that were repetitious or potentially too crude or offensive.
One of the big distractions in the film is the blatant product placement, although this is probably how Jacobson and Murphy gained the funding for this low budget film and extravagant evening.
Depending on personal taste though some of the humour will be hit or miss. The title itself comes from the punch line to a classic joke that was used in a Pink Panther movie. For me the highlights were Marty Fields and his stream on clever and witty one-liners and a great joke about a woman joining the CIA.
And while a generally entertaining film, That’s Not My Dog is not great cinema. However, it will be best enjoyed in the cinema where audiences can share the experience and the humour with others, as laughter is often infectious. But it will also do well when released on DVD, where you can re-watch and listen to your favourite jokes over again.
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Australian rockers Lillye will release their debut full-length album entitled Evolve on May 18, 2018 via Eclipse Records. The band is fronted by vocalist Virginia Lillye who previously held lead roles in theater productions such as Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, and more. The album was produced by bassist Christian Lauria at his own Machine Men Studios, and mixed by Shane Edwards (Northlane, Hanz Zimmer, Thy Art is Murder) at Karma Studios.
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The band have also revealed a new music video for the album’s first single, entitled ‘Run’. The “Mortal Kombat”-inspired video was directed by Dave Molland w/ assistance from Max Greig and filmed at Sydney Props and Boo & Cams.
“Run is dedicated to a dear friend and fan of the band, Luke “Woody” James Woodland who passed away in 2014” states vocalist Virginia Lillye. “He was conscious about environmental issues and the importance of significant numbers that ran in sequence. One of his attempts to make people aware of the environment would be to paint himself blue, spay his hair green and become “Captain Planet”. He would then begin running around Sydney, Australia starting from a suburb beginning with a letter of the alphabet then ending in another suburb beginning with the same letter. This was his favorite song, and whenever we played it live, he would be the first to break out into a wild dance. We were fortunate to have his younger brother Will, play the lead role in our video, and honored that he portrayed his brother Woody who was such a colorful and passionate character.”
Tumbleweed have today announced the release of their seminal debut, self titled album on vinyl for the first time as well as a one off 7″ release of their biggest single ‘Daddy Longlegs’ for Record Store Day 2018. The Wollongong five piece have teamed up with Wollongong based record label Farmer & The Owl to release the music on vinyl for the first time. The label who have released music by the current crop of artists from the area including Hockey Dad, The Pinheads, Bec Sandridge and Totally Unicorn are honoured to be able bring the releases from the regions most successful outfit to vinyl for the first time. The original releases existed only on CD via the legendary Sydney label Waterfront Records.
Released in 1992, Tumbleweed’s self titled release was a breakthrough for the band who had early rose to prominence with the release of two well received EP’s and the now infamous support with Nirvana on their only ever Australian tour. The release that features the singles ‘Sundial’ and ‘Acid Rain’ will be available as a record store day exclusive blue vinyl edition limited to 400 copies.
With appearances at iconic nineties Australian festivals such as Big Day Out and Livid, the band followed up the debut album release with stand alone single ‘Daddy Longlegs’ in 1993. With strong support from Triple J, the track landed in the Hottest 100 of that year at number 50 and is still a staple of the bands live sets to this day. For record store day the single with it’s B side ‘Junior’ will be released on vinyl for the first time ever and limited to 500 copies, this will be a one off pressing.
To celebrate the day the band will be playing live at their local record store in Wollongong, Music Farmers.
Tumbleweed ‘S/T’ LP (Blue Vinyl ltd. 400) out April 21st via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.
Tumbleweed ‘Daddy Longlegs’ 7″ (Black Vinyl ltd 500) out April 21st via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.
Tumbleweed in store appearance at Music Farmers (228 Keira Street, Wollongong) at 3pm on April 21st.
‘No One Defeats Us’ is the first taste of music from one of Australia’s most anticipated new bands, DREAMS – a collaboration between Daniel Johns (aka Dr Dreams) and Luke Steele (aka Miracle).
The new single, written and produced by DREAMS, was recorded at Luke Steele’s studio in Los Angeles and Henson Studios, Hollywood.
It’s a war cry. It’s like the exorcism of a bad series of events, or a bad dream. It’s the first song the famous musical duo wrote together after a long, long period of talking, thinking and wondering – “just hanging out,” says Luke. “We would catch up and talk about records and visions and dreams and we never got any work done. Then we thought we better make some music.”
Daniel explains, “No-One Defeats Us says lyrically what our goal is, it’s a journey into our vision of the future. It’s a very simple song, it has no chorus, it feels like a mantra. When Luke and I are making music, everything disappears and we become like teenage explorers, we go into our world, we are so brave when we are together, we try things that we might not try for other people.
This song is not really what people would expect from Luke and I, we’re not making super-complex music with lots of unusual chords this time. We are trying to paint this really intricate pulse. We find what resonates and try to make that pulse stronger.”
“Me and Dan excel and struggle on similar levels” says Luke. “We have so much passion and we are so ambitious. That song came from a time when we were beginning the band and we needed something deep. I wanted to build a gang – like a gang of the future. We want the band to be for the common man, the underdog, the homeless, the person who shows love to his neighbour.”
DREAMS is the realisation of a long-time friendship and musical kinship between these two iconic Australian artists. Daniel Johns is best known as the front man of Silverchair whilst the enigmatic Luke Steele fronts Empire of The Sun and The Sleepy Jackson. The artists first met in 2004 when Luke’s band The Sleepy Jackson supported Silverchair on their sold-out Diorama tour, and Daniel recalls the connection between them was so instant that after the first show of that tour they played piano together backstage, and have basically never stopped.
With over ten million albums sold worldwide and an undefeatable twenty-nine ARIA Awards won between their respective acts, the pedigree of Daniel and Luke’s new collaboration is unquestionable.
Since Silverchair’s debut release ‘Tomorrow’ in 1994, Daniel has taken home a record twenty-one statues, the most of any Australian artist in ARIA history. Daniel has also won APRA Songwriter of the Year three times, and impressively, Silverchair is the only Australian act to have all of their studio albums, five in total, debut at #1 on the ARIA chart.
Sweeping the ARIAs clean in 2008 was Luke Steele’s Empire of the Sun, taking home gongs for Best Album, Best Single, Best Group and Best Pop Release. With a total of eight ARIA Awards and two APRA songwriting awards to date, Empire of the Sun has gone from strength to strength internationally, including a spectacular sold out performance at Hollywood Bowl in 2015, in front of an audience of 17,000 US fans.
Three years later and only a few hundred kilometres away from that iconic amphitheatre in the Hollywood Hills, DREAMS will make their debut performance at COACHELLA Valley Music & Arts Festival this April. The only band ever to be booked for the festival before releasing any music, the duo is the highest-billed Australian band, promising to put on a truly unmissable performance.
Download / stream ‘No One Defeats Us’ HERE
Joined by Brock Weston (Drums) and Jordan Brunoli (Bass) in 2015, the band went from strength to strength gaining industry support along the way with their energetic live show and emotionally raw lyrical content.
BUGS are fun, rambunctious, and charismatic – they’re your friends with a carton and an eski next door – writing relatable tunes that you can sing along to, but with a depth below the surface.
The song has all the hallmarks of a classic IBTS track. Interesting riffs, fast shred and epic inspirational feels.
The guys nearly got arrested while filming the tracks video on (what they thought was) vacant land in a Melbourne suburb!
IBTS mainman Ro Han explains ‘Yeah, so we found what looked like abandoned land in Footscray but it turned out to be owned by Melbourne’s Metro Trains network! They saw us filming mid-way through the shoot and approached us in their ute. Three of them jumped out and surrounded us and at that point we thought we were in some serious shit! As it turns out, they are djent lords themselves! They said “you guys are trespassing but we’re happy to let you finish and then get the fuck out” “