Tagged: Damon Gameau

Madman Entertainment is thrilled to announce that zero-waste innovator Joost Bakker will participate in a series of special Q&A events around Australia ahead of the theatrical release of GREENHOUSE BY JOOST in November. Joost Bakker will be joined after screenings of the film for an on-stage discussion with a variety of special guests including Damon GameauSarah WilsonJack ThompsonClare Bowditch, Neil Perry and Clare Cousins , as well as renowned chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett, who both feature in the film.

After recently winning the Audience Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Q&As will take place across metro and regional cinemas in VIC, NSW, ACT and WA between Thursday 3 and Friday 18 November. The film has also been selected for the upcoming Adelaide Film Festival and Brisbane International Film Festival.

“Imagine a house that grows its own food” – that’s the vision of Joost Bakker, who was once dubbed the ‘Poster Boy of Zero Waste Living’ by The New York Times. GREENHOUSE BY JOOST is an inspiring feature documentary following Bakker as he builds a self-sustaining home in the centre of Melbourne, an ecosystem that provides its occupants with water, energy, shelter and nourishment. Joined in his work by chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett, Bakker faces his fair share of challenges to finish the home. Bureaucratic delays, COVID shutdowns and blackouts all threaten the build.

GREENHOUSE BY JOOST is directed by Rhian Skirving and Bruce Permezel and was created by the award-winning producers of 2040The Australian Dream, and That Sugar Film.


Thursday 3 November

Cameo Belgrave at 6.30pm

Guests: Joost Bakker with John Ford and Chris Bissels. Moderator: Cameron Smith

Friday 4 November

Cinema Nova at 6.30pm

Guests: Joost Bakker and Clare Bowditch. Moderator: Cameron Smith

Saturday 5 November

Palace Westgarth at 2pm

Guest: Joost Bakker. Moderator: Cameron Smith

Palace Como at 4pm

Guests: Joost Bakker and Clare Cousins. Moderator: Cameron Smith

Sunday 6 November

Lorne Theatre at 4pm

Guests: Joost Bakker, Jo Barrett, Kristy Stewart and Rowan Reid. Moderator: Cameron Smith

Tuesday 8 November

Royal Theatre Castlemaine at 6.30pm

Guests: Joost Bakker and Jo Barrett. Moderator: Mary Macintyre 

Wednesday 9 November

Star Bendigo at 6.30pm

Guest: Joost Bakker with Derek Layfield and Russell Burnett. Moderator: Mary Macintyre 

Saturday 12 November

Palace Electric, Canberra at 4pm

Guest: Joost Bakker. Moderator: Nicole Hasham, The Conversation Australia  

Sunday 13 November

Empire Cinema, Bowral at 4pm

Guest: Joost Bakker. Moderator: Briannah Devlin, Southern Highland News

Luna Leederville, Perth at 4pm – Virtual Event

Guest: Joost Bakker and Matt Stone

Monday 14 November

Randwick Ritz, Sydney at 6.30pm

Guests: Joost Bakker and Sarah Wilson. Moderator: Damon Gameau.

Dendy Newtown, Sydney at 8pm

Guests: Joost Bakker and Neil Perry. Moderator: Damon Gameau.

Wednesday 16 November

Avoca Beach Theatre at 6.30pm

Guest: Joost Bakker. Moderator: Cheralyn Darcey.

Thursday 17 November

Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour at 6pm

Guests: Joost Bakker and Jack Thompson. Moderator: Dave Horsley, SWIFF Festival Director

Friday 18 November

Palace Byron Bay at 6.30pm, 7.10pm and 7.50pm

Guests: Joost Bakker and Cedar Anderson. Moderator: Damon Gameau.

Further screening information and tickets are available here.

GREENHOUSE BY JOOST will be released in Australian cinemas in November:

  • VIC/TAS – 10 November
  • ACT/NSW/WA/SA – 17 November
  • QLD – 24 November

That Sugar FilmThat Sugar Film hits the road throughout March for a special series of Q&A screenings with director and star of the film Damon Gameau, plus a raft of special guest hosts. Please check the cinema links below to buy tickets and find out more details about the sessions and guest hosts in your city.

Sydney Traveling Film Festival – Friday, 20th February BOOK TICKETS »

Cinema Nova – Sunday, 1st March BOOK TICKETS »
Sun Theatre Yarraville – Sunday, 1st March TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
Palace Kino – Monday, 2nd March TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
Palace Brighton Bay – Monday, 2nd March TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
Rivoli Cinemas – Tuesday, 3rd March BOOK TICKETS »
Jam Factory – Tuesday, 3rd March BOOK TICKETS »
Village Cinemas Geelong – Wednesday, 4th March BOOK TICKETS »

State Cinema – Sunday, 8th March BOOK TICKETS »

Palace Norton Street – Monday, 9th March TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
Dendy Newtown – Monday, 9th March BOOK TICKETS »
Event Cinemas Bondi Junction – Tuesday, 10th March BOOK TICKETS »
Orpheum Cinemas – Tuesday, 10th March BOOK TICKETS »
Event Cinemas Macquarie – Wednesday, 11th March TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
Event Cinemas Newcastle – Thursday, 12th March BOOK TICKETS »
Palace Byron Bay – Thursday, 19th March TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Palace Electric – Monday, 16th March TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
Event Cinemas Manuka – Monday, 16th March BOOK TICKETS »

Gold Coast Arts Centre – Tuesday, 17th March BOOK TICKETS »
Palace Barracks – Wednesday, 18th March TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
Event Cinemas Indooroopilly – Wednesday, 18th March BOOK TICKETS »

Luna on SX – Monday, 23rd March BOOK TICKETS »
Event Cinemas Innaloo – Monday, 23rd March BOOK TICKETS »

Event Cinemas Marion – Wednesday, 25th March BOOK TICKETS »
Palace East End – Wednesday, 25th March TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Group bookings can be arranged – if you would like to organise a
group booking please contact one of the cinemas above.

THAT SUGAR FILM is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.




That Sugar Film

The trailer and website for THAT SUGAR FILM have now been launched. THAT SUGAR FILM follows Damon Gameau as he explores the impact of sugar on his own body after having been mostly sugar free for three years.

THAT SUGAR FILM is a fun and engaging look at how (and how much) Australians consume sugar, how it impacts us and the surprising amount of it found in perceived healthy foods. Damon’s experiment saw him consuming forty teaspoons a day (the average amount consumed by an Australian adult); on a diet of perceived normal ‘healthy’ items, without any junk food.

The film features appearances from Stephen Fry, Brenton Thwaites, Isabel Lucas and Jessica Marais.

The film is directed by Damon, and produced by Nick Batzias for Madman Production Company. Damon comments “I am thrilled to be finally sharing this film with audiences. The journey has been an extraordinary one for me and those close to me. Given the current state of health and well being in the population, I think it is vital that we change the way we think about ‘healthy’ foods. My hope is that this story will help people to make a powerful change in their own lives and in the lives of their children.

THAT SUGAR FILM will have its world premiere on 20 November 2014 at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the world’s largest documentary film festival. It will then release in Australian cinemas in March 2015, and will see Damon appearing around the country at a number of special events discussing the film, and sugar’s role in our lives.

The films website, which went live today, forms the hub of what Damon hopes will be a nationwide movement to change the way we think about sugar. The website contains recipes, information about sugar, resources for schools and educators, and will grow to include numerous personal tools for those looking to decrease the amount of sugar in their lives.

Alongside the film, That Sugar Book will be released by Pan Macmillan in mid February.

THAT SUGAR FILM is a definite must-see… Watching Damon’s investigation into the world of sugar will instantly​ get you thinking about what goes into the food you eat.” – Jamie Oliver



Summary: Patrick, a young coma patient, has been lying in a hospital bed for years, unable to communicate with anyone. When a beautiful nurse catches his eye, Patrick’s latent psychic powers begin to emerge, and soon threaten the lives of everyone in the hospital.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: CTC

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Mark Hartley

Screenwriter: Justin King

Cast: Simone Buchanan (Patrick’s Mother), Martin Crewes (Brian Wright), Charles Dance (Doctor Roget), Jackson Gallagher (Patrick), Damon Gameau (Ed Penhaligon), Rachel Griffiths (Matron Cassidy), Rod Mullinar (Morris), Peta Sergeant (Nurse Williams), Eliza Taylor (Nurse Panicale), Sharni Vinson (Kathy Jacquard)

Runtime: 96 mins



Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Patrick’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

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

IMDB Rating:  Awaiting 5 votes.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Patrick′: Nil.


Save Your Legs

Summary: Save Your Legs! is an inspirational journey from the heart of Australia to the soul of India. It’s the story of one man who refuses to lose his park cricket team to the realities of growing up. An uplifting adventure filled with comedy, cricket and Bollywood music, Save Your Legs! is an odyssey from the suburbs to the sub-continent in pursuit of a lifelong dream.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Boyd Hicklin

Screenwriter: Brendan Cowell

Cast: Mahindar Baba (Ghats), Eddie Baroo (Shadow), Markos Batzias (Hangarz), Brendan Cowell (Rick), Stephen Curry (Theodore ‘Teddy’ Brown), Shibani Dandekar (herself), Micca Delaney (Brett), Bharat Kumar Dingra (Naresh Buddah), Damon Gameau (Stavros), Darren Gilshenan (Colin), Sir Richard Hadlee (Umpire), Darshan Jariwala (Sanjeet Thambuswamy), Pradeep Kabra (Asif), David Lyons (The Prince), Sanjay Mahety (Babu), Sid Makkar (Rai – Tusshar), Ryan O’Kane (Gobba), Paras (Kolkata Barber), Grant Piro (Punter), Ashok Seth (Chai Wallah), Pallavi Sharda (Anjali), Srikanth (Sachin Tendulkar), Brenton Thwaites (Mark), Madeleine West (Janine), Gerard Whateley (Commentator), Prithvi Zutshi (Shri Subhash)

Runtime: 92 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Save Your Legs!’ Review: 

It’s a shame that when Australia’s two biggest pastimes are cricket and Australian Rules that we can’t seem to produce a decent film about either sport, unfortunately that continues with ‘Save Your Legs!’ a cricket film that does its best to lift itself out of a rut but at the end of the day still sits in the ‘disappointment’ camp.

Based on a true story ‘Save Your Legs’ follows the Abbotsford Anglers, a team captained by Theodore ‘Teddy’ Brown (Stephen Curry – ‘The Cup’ TV’S ‘Redfern Now’) who lives and breathes for cricket and also idolizes Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar.

However Teddy is very much a man child and while his best friends Stavros (Damon Gameau – TV’S Raw, TV’S ‘Puberty Blues’) and Rick (Brendan Cowell – TV’S ‘The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife Fighting’, TV’S ‘Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War’) have grown up (in a sense as some of their behaviour would suggest otherwise) and become involved in serious relationships or started families Teddy still lives in Stavros’ garage and seems to only live for cricket.

As Teddy begins to realize that things need to change he decides that the Abbotsford Anglers should be the team that represents Australia in an exclusive limited over tournament. But when they arrive in India they discover that the other teams are all professional and the inclusion of young gun Mark (Brenton Thwaites – ‘Blue Lagoon: The Awakening’, TV’S ‘Home And Away) is causing ripples in the team… well that and the fact that most of the team, including one of their best players The Prince (David Lyons – ‘Safe Haven’, TV’S ‘Revolution’ see it is a free holiday.

Director Boyd Hicklin (‘Peak 08: The Road To Beijing’, ‘Save Your Legs’ (docco)) does do a wonderful job making this film look good. Like recent film ‘The Waiting City’ he captures the hustle and bustle and the landscape of India wonderfully well for the screen but he is let down badly by screenwriter Brendan Cowell (TV’S ‘The Slap’, TV’S ‘My Place’) and a casting choice that sees one of Australia’s finest comedic actors, Stephen Curry, in perhaps the only role in the film that doesn’t have any comedy to deliver.

But really the biggest fault with this film lays with the script. Too many of the so called funny moments just aren’t funny and it seems that the movie has missed out on a golden opportunity to throw some important men’s issues (such as male depression) out into the public spotlight. An even bigger crime however is the fact that most of the characters are just walking clichés so as a result the audience never finds themselves warming to them in the way they should.

Sadly the acting is also well and truly below par with the only highlight being Brenton Thwaites who announces himself as a star of the future. Unfortunately though the likes of Stephen Curry, David Lyons and Brendon Cowell who normally put in a great performances are sub-standard, largely because of the one dimensional characters that they have been given to play.

‘Save Your Legs’ is sadly another Australian film that ends up on the pile titled ‘Should Have Been A Lot Better Than It Actually Was’.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Save Your Legs′: Check Episode #22 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Save Your Legs’. Dave Griffiths also has another review of ‘Save Your Legs’ available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Save Your Legs! (2012) on IMDb