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One of the great initiates that has started up during our pandemic lockdown is that Monster Pictures have re-started their Friday Night Frights but are doing it online. The film screening tonight is the deserved Australian cult classic SheBorg Massacre. We decided that was the perfect excuse to catch up with filmmaker Daniel Armstrong who since directing SheBorg Massacre has also released Tarnation and is currently in post-production for his latest film Nova Star.

“Hopefully it will help kick a few of the lockdown blues in the nuts,” says Armstrong laughing when we begin to talk about SheBorg Massacre being part of Friday Night Frights. “I only found out about a few days ago, but it should be pretty fun… it should be pretty cool. I checked out Cat Sick Blues when it was on the other week, it is a good thing to do when you are a stuck at home, let the internet entertain you.”

As our discussion goes on we start to think back to the early days of when SheBorg Massacre was still in its infancy. “That is going back to far,” he says laughing again. “I think we shot in 2015 so I probably would have written it back in early 2014. What I remember is coming up with a title – originally it was called SheBorg Prison Massacre. I thought ‘that is the best name for a film, I should write that.’ So I remember writing that and then we couldn’t find a prison or something that looked like a prison to shoot in, but we did know a guy that had a farm that looked like a puppy farm. They were actually old chicken coops but we thought it looked like a really dodgy puppy farm.”

“So then I changed the name to Sheborg Puppy Farm Massacre and then we dropped the Puppy Farm part because it offended too many people,” he says continuing. “Then it became SheBorg Massacre. But yeah it started with a title.”

Despite the film being made on a micro-budget the film does actually contain actual stunts. At one point a car is crashed into a tree and at another point actress Whitney Duff is left climbing on the side of a moving van. That led me to ask how Armstrong shot stunts like that while filming on such a low budget. “To drive into the tree we just had an insane person who was willing to drive a car into a tree,” he explains. “So we just did that for real, we actually drove the car into the tree. With the van stunt we actually got a stunt co-ordinator and we got him in for the day and Whitney is actually wired onto that car. She was talked to about how the best way to do it but otherwise the car is actually driving around with her hanging off the side and back of it. She has a harness connected to the back of the car somewhere so in theory she can’t fall off, and she didn’t fall off so I guess it all went well.”

One of the highlights of the film are the amazing performances of Whitney Duff and Daisy Masterman so I just had to ask Armstrong how he went about discovering both of them. “It is the chemistry between Whitney and Daisy that makes the film fun to watch,” admits Armstrong. “They become legitimately good friends during pre-production and that really shows. That energy really helps you enjoy the film.”

“Whitney just auditioned,” he says continuing. “I don’t know where she would have seen the casting call but she just auditioned and I wrote the part for Daisy. I had worked with Daisy on Murderdrome, she had a very, very small part in that but she was extremely funny and I thought we should put her in a bigger part. I always knew that she was going to be Eddie so Daisy came to all the auditions that people came to for the Dylan character which is the character that Whitney plays. Then we kind of just judged on which applicant had the best chemistry with Daisy on the spot.”

To finish up we let Daniel say something special for all of you out there who are going to tune into SheBorg Massacre tonight. “If you all enjoy the film as much as we did making it then we enjoyed making it twice as much as you,” he says. “Hopefully you just enjoy it, I think it is entertaining and I think it is fun. It obviously has its flaws but it does do some really cool stuff. I think it is just entertaining and fun to watch – it has a good heart.”

 

SheBorg Massacre screens tonight as part of Monster Picture’s Friday Night Frights series.

 

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Highly Strung,’ ‘The Boy,’ ‘The First Monday In May,’ ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ and ‘The Meddler’. This episode also contains interviews with Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Bryan Singer, Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ray Boseley (Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em), Daniel Armstrong (Sheborg Massacre) and Daisy Masterman (Sheborg Massacre).

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Sheborg Massacre

With new Australian sci-fi film Sheborg Massacre about to get its public debut. Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths decided to catch up with the film’s director, Daniel Armstrong and one of the stars of the film, Daisy Masterman, to chat about how much heart and soul went into this film.

Make sure you grab your ticket to the Sheborg Massacre premiere on July 4th at Lido Cinemas… listen to the interview for all the details.

You can listen to or download our Sheborg Massacre right here.

DAVID GRIFFITHS

 

Dave Griffiths

Dave Griffiths has worked as a journalist for over twenty years now -covering topics including film, television, music, travel and sport (with a main focus on AFL Football).

That time has seen him host the popular X-Wired television program for seven seasons as well as write for various magazines such as Buzz Magazine, Heavy Mag, Stage Whispers, The Banner and Eternity. Dave is currently the Head Film Writer for Heavy Mag and also writes reviews for Thailand’s The Phuket News newspaper.

He has even branched out into writing online for Subculture Entertainment, Media Search and The Book The Film The T-Shirt. He also worked as the online editor for Entertainment 360 for three years.

Dave’s radio work has seen him work on various radio stations including Talking Lifestyle, 2GB Talk Radio, ,3RPP, Triple R and Light FM. He is currently the co-host of Melbourne’s 94.1FM’s breakfast show ‘The Motley Crew’ and he can sometimes be heard on J-Air’s ‘First On Film’. David is also the co-host of two popular podcasts – ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Film Show,’ and ‘The Popcorn Conspiracy’

As far as Film Reviewing goes David is an elected committee member of AFCA (Australian Film Critics Association and a member of IPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics)/FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).

He has also served as a jury member for a number of international film festivals and is considered an expert on cult cinema, horror movies and Australian films.

Dave is also a keen screenwriter and is currently working on a new comic book series.

 

Currently David Griffiths has 108 Film & TV Reviews on Subculture Entertainment

 

Currently David Griffiths has 86 Film Interviews on Subculture Entertainment

 

Currently David Griffiths has 26 Music Reviews on Subculture Entertainment

 

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Exists’, ‘Maps To The Stars,’ ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,’ ‘Rock The Casbah,’  and ‘The Dark Horse′ . Dave and Greg also take a look at two films screening at Monsterfest this week ‘Honeymoon’ and ‘There’s Something In The Pilliga’. This episode also contains an interviews with Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Angus Sampson, Hugo Weaving, Neil Foley, Daniel Armstrong and Iqbal Barkat

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From Parts Unknown

Strongman Pictures have just released the new teaser trailer for the upcoming World Premiere of From Parts Unknown: Fight Like A Girl.The teaser trailer features music from Horrorcore musician KidCrusher.

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like A Girl, directed by Daniel Armstrong, will be having its World Premiere on the 10th of January at the Thornbury Theatre (859 High St, Thornbury, VIC 3071).

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like A Girl tells the story of Charlie.  After watching her Daddy die in the ring, she sets out to become a wrestler in his memory. The only things stopping her are a disapproving boyfriend, a demanding day job and a soul-crushing boss – whose corporate shenanigans threaten to unleash hordes of zombies upon the earth! Charlie has no choice up to open up a can of whoop-ass and take these murderous Jabronis for a stroll down smack down boulevard!

From Parts Unknown: Fight Light a Girl details:
DATE: Sat 10th of January 2015
TIME:  6.00pm – ‘Till Late
VENUE: Thornbury Theatre, 859 High St, Thornbury, VIC 3071

Tickets can be purchased from http://thornburytheatre.oztix.com.au/?Event=47438
No tickets will be sold at the event.

You can view the From Parts Unknown: Fight Like A Girl teaser trailer below.

From Parts Unknown

After a production spanning almost a decade, Strongman Pictures Entertainment in association with PCWe is proud to announce the World Premiere of From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl on the 10th of January 2015 at the Thornbury Theatre. The screening will be accompanied by a set from The Mercy Kills and live pro wrestling.

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl tells the story of Charlie.  After watching her Daddy die in the ring, She sets out to become a wrestler in his memory. The only things stopping her are a disapproving boyfriend, a demanding day job and a soul-crushing boss – whose corporate shenanigans threaten to unleash hordes of zombies upon the earth! Charlie has no choice up to open up a can of whoop-ass and take these murderous Jabronis for a stroll down smack down boulevard!

On October 6th 2006, 85 people came together for a 42 day shoot that spanned more than 6 months. The film went into production with less than $5,000, no director of photography, no editor, no composer, no sound designer, and no access to any kind of post-production facility. Add disappearing investors and a rouge department head running up excessive “research” costs. These difficulties would lead to seven years plus of post-production hell. A bad deal with the wrong people ultimately left the filmmakers without any sound files. With no more money and no resources left to salvage the film From Parts Unknown had to be shelved – indefinitely.

Fast-forward a few years and the director’s life took an unexpected turn – he accidently made an international cult film. What started off as a short film, turned into a web series, turned into a feature film and finally became The World’s First Roller Derby Slasher Movie: MurderDromeMurderDrome has headlined two film festivals and been distributed in Australia, New Zealand, The UK, Ireland, the USA and Canada and inspired over 50 fan organised screenings all over the world. This success gave From Parts Unknown a second wind and the filmmakers went back to the source material and rebuilt the film from scratch!

So I just had to make that film, lose it, make another film, then make FPU again to get her there. I do sure hope someone likes it.’ – Director, Daniel Armstrong
From Parts Unknown: Fight Light a Girl World Premiere details:
Date: Sat 10th of January 2015
Time:  7.00pm – ‘Till Late
Venue: Thornbury Theatre, 859 High St, Thornbury, VIC 3071

Tickets can be purchased from http://thornburytheatre.oztix.com.au/?Event=47438
No tickets will be sold at the event.