Monthly Archives: February 2016


One of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2016 is Race, the film that explores the life of Olympic athlete Jesse Owens. With the film set for release in Australia later this year Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths sat down and had a chat with one of the stars – Chantel Riley. Here is our Chantel Riley interview.


First of all Chantel let me say thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview.


1. You’ve probably heard this question a million times but you have been in Broadway production of Lion King for a number of years now were you a fan of the movie before you got the role? What are your memories from watching the film the first time?

Yes I was definitely a fan.THE LION KING is one of my favorite films. I can remember watching that movie over and over again while reciting the lines along with the character.


2. You are originally from Canada, how did you first become involved with the production of The Lion King in Germany?

Disney Theatrical holds auditions for The Lion King production all over the world. So, they stopped in Canada and had an open casting call in Toronto. That is where I auditioned and later was asked to fly to Germany and become a part of the company there.


3. You get the unique opportunity to play a lion (Nala) in The Lion King, most actresses/actors only get to voice an animal character so what it is it like to play a lion? Did you approach the role differently to how you would have approached most roles?


When I first started the show it was challenging. I had to train and rehearse movements that were foreign to me. So naturally a role like Nala would have to be approached differently compared to others I have played or auditioned for in the past. Nala is a princess who later becomes queen. She is very statuesque and carries a presence. Also, shes very physical. So I have to always keep in mind while I’m on stage to not drop thise very important aspects of who she is. She is an animal so I am constantly reminding myself to move like one.


4. When did you first become interested in acting? Were you always in school productions etc when you were at High School?


I got interested in acting when I was about 22 or 23 years old. I had been singing in my church and was involved in Christmas and Easter plays. It wasnt until I saw the touring company of The Color Purple, that I discovered acting was what I wanted to do.


5. Tell us a little bit about your brand new film Race, how did you first become involved with the film?

I have an agent who sends me auditions. So when RACE came around I got interested and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.


6. Could you also tell us a little bit about your character Quincella Nickerson? What is she like to play?

Quincella was lnown as a socialite. She was very interested in sports and a huge fan of Jesse’s. They mey in Los Angeles while he was in town for a track meet. The two got really close and even caused a little commotion that would start a rumor about their relationship.


7. The Jesse Owen’s story is one that has known right around the world, how much did you know about the story before you read the script for Race? What did you learn from the script that you didn’t already know?

I knew that Jesse was a famous track athlete that won multiple gold medals. I was able to learn more about Jesse and his struggle. As an African – American it was a huge challenge to be accepted in that time and Jesse had to ignore all of it to run for gold.


8. How does it feel being in such an important film?

It is truly a blessing. It feels surreal. Lol


9. What was it like working with director Stephen Hopkins? What was it also like working with a cast that includes Stephan James, William Hurt and Jeremy Irons?

Stephen was amazing to work with. He is a wonderful director. Stephan and I are from the same city so it was great being on a set with people thay can relate to you. It was like being back home. Unfortunately, I did not get to have any scenes with Mr. Hurt or Mr. Irons but their performances were great.


10. For all the young actors/actresses out there reading this what were the biggest differences you found between theatre acting in The Lion King and then doing acting for screen with Race?

My biggest challenge was internalizing. On stage we have to be open, loud and expressive. Being on camera is very intimate.


11. Do you have any upcoming projects that you would love to tell us about?

I have been working with an amazing friend of mine named James Brown – Orleams.  We have worked on a couple projects together that are indie films. I hope to do more work with him.

Again thank you Chantel for agreeing to do this interview.

Fuller House

One of the most eagerly anticipated television shows this year is Fuller House (the spin off to Full House) and Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths decided to sit down and talk to one of the actors that features in the new show – Michael Sun Lee. Here’s our Michael Sun Lee interview.


First of all Michael thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview:

1. Michael the world is about to see you appear on Fuller House were you a big fan of the original series Full House?

Like most of my friends in growing up Hawaii. Watching “Full House” was one of those guilty pleasures. I haven’t watched every single Episode but there are ones that definitely stand out. Such as the one where little Harry marries little Stephanie, of course.

2. What are your memories of the show?

Coincidentally, The best memory was the episode where little Harry marries little Stephanie.

3. How did you first become involved with Fuller House?

I was asked to audition by Koczara/Schevchenko Casting in Los Angeles. 

4. How do you feel when you first heard they were doing a spin-off series?

I felt that the idea was really really clever. I thought “That’s smart, I wonder where they will go with this new version?”

5. Can you tell us a little about your character of Harry that you are playing?

Basically, I play the Adult version of Stephanies childhood friend. 

How I come into the story line is very clever, funny, and nostalgic.  You just have to watch and find out.  The writers and producers on this show are some of the most comedically talented I have worked with to date


6. Is there anything you can tell us about how Harry fits into the story line on Fuller House?

I can only tell you that we see him all grown up and find out what he is up to as an Adult.

7. As an actor how do you approach a role when the character was played in an earlier show by a different actor?

 Luckily, for me, almost everything that I needed to approach the role was written on the page for me.


8. Did you go back and watch the old episodes that Harry was in or because he was older now did you decide to just go into the role completely fresh?

I did watch an old Episode the character was in just for reference and flavoring for the adult version. 

I remember the characters hair as a child and luckily for me, I was in between haircuts when I auditioned.

9. One of the big surprises for fans of Fuller House is getting to see some of the orginal actors back in the show. Did you happen to run into any of the originals (like John Stamos or Bob Saget) on set and if so what was it like for you?

Yes! I was lucky enough to share the sound stage with all but two or three of the original cast members. It was fantastic for me and nervously amazing.


10. With Fuller House being a spin-off of Full House is there any TV show that you enjoyed watching as a kid that you would love to brought back as a spin-off in the next few years? If so what role would you like to play on the show?

Yes. Perhaps shows like, Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, Just The Ten of Us.  

And I would love to play ANY role, are you kidding me?

11. You’ve been able to work on some of the most popular TV shows in the world at the moment – shows like Hawaii Five-O, NCIS: Los Angeles and Scorpion – what has been your favourite show to work on and why?

Well. right next to Fuller House, I would have to say “Hawaii Five-O” simply because I got to work in my hometown.  

But getting to work in this business on any show is a blessing and rewarding because everyone involved works so damn hard.

12. According to IMDB you have a lot of projects about to be released. Can you tell us when your fans will be able to see in something next?

Two projects coming out that I had great fun working on was a Horror type movie called “Holidays” with Seth Green and Kevin Smith involved And “Kubo and the Two Strings” – A feature from Laika Studios that is coming out in August 2016. 


13. What should they be excited about?

“Kubo and the Two Strings” will be AWESOME!

Again Michael, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview.


2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

With the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival coming to town Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths caught up with comedian Michael Shafar who is part of the 3 Course Comedy show.


Show Details: 3 Course Comedy

Date: April 5-10, 12-17

Time: 8pm

Cost: $12-15

Venue: Pleasance House Comedy, Level 4, 178 Collins Street, Melbourne

Tickets: and


You can listen to or download our Michael Shafar interview right here.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Logo

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Gods Of Egypt,’ ‘America Wild,’ ‘Hail Caesar,’ ‘Son Of Saul,’ ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi’  and ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’. This episode also contains interviews with Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Sam Riley, Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller (27th Alliance Francoise French Film Festival), Ron Diamond (Animation Show Of Shows), Roberto Ciabarra (In Praise Of Parker Posey), Nic Barker (Short Distance), Jon Corcoran (She Sings To The Stars), and Jennifer Corcoran (She Sings To The Stars).

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

2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

With the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival coming to Melbourne Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chatted to Ben & James Stevenson, the talented comedic twins that make up The Stevenson Experience. Dave speaks to the pair about what audiences can expect from their brand new show Twinfinity at this year’s comedy festival. The show runs from the 24th March to the 17th April at Roxanne.

You can listen to or download our The Stevenson Experience interview right here.


John Noonan


Swinging in from old Blighty, John Noonan has been writing about movies and TV for several years. Starting off with his personal ramblings about the state of advertising in the UK with his puntastic defunct blog, ‘Ad’s All Folks’, John founded the film blog Early Bird Film Society.

Since moving to Melbourne over five years ago, John has written for websites and publications, such as FilmInk, and Monster Pictures. His proudest moment to date is that he can heard having a slap fight with Laurence R Harvey on the commentary for the Australian release of The Editor.


Currently John Noonan has 4 reviews on Subculture Entertainment:

Feature3 Doors Down

Having sold over 20 million albums worldwide 3 Doors Down have well and truly established themselves in the rock world. Now their brand new single In The Dark is proving to be another hit and their fans are eagerly anticipating their brand new album Us And the Night. Subculture Entertainment’s Dave G sat down with guitarist Chris Henderson to chat all about Us And The Night.

You can listen to/download our 3 Doors Down interview right here.

Watch The Sunset

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths recently had the privilege of sitting down and watching Watch The Sunset a sensational new Australian film that will be cinemas later this year. Dave then sat down with co-director Tristan Barr to talk about how hard it is to direct a one-take film of this scale and how all of our listeners can become part of the film through a crowd-funding campaign.

You can listen to/download our Tristan Barr interview right here.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Logo

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘45 Years,’ ‘Trumbo,’ ‘Concussion,’ ‘How To Be Single,’ ‘Risen’  and ‘Ride Along 2’. This episode also contains interviews with Tom Courtenay, Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren, Jay Roach, Will Smith, Dr. Bennett Omalu, Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie, Joseph Fiennes, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Olivia Munn, Sarah Jayne (Made In Melbourne Film Festival), Tim Parrish (Transitions Film Festival), Michael Gosden (Watch The Sunset), Tristan Barr (Watch The Sunset) and Terri Nunn (Star Wars/Top Gun).

Also listen for your chance to win tickets to a special premiere screening of Triple 9 thanks to our good friends at Roadshow. Listen for the question that Dave G asks and then private message us the answer on either our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Triple 9 will be released on March 3 and stars Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejifor, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer and Anthony Mackie.

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