Tagged: The Babadook

1. What were your first impressions when you read the script for The Advent Calendar? What made you decide to do the film? 

You have to realise that in France, we are not really used to this kind of film. So when I first read the storyline, I felt quite thrilled and excited. But of course, I decided to do the film for the part of Eva.

It was a challenge to play a woman who’s paraplegic and each day she’s faced with challenges that might be more or even less terrifying than the day before. I was moved by her – she’s outrageous and a fighter. But I wanted to defend her. It was a real test and very demanding. Her strength and determination inspired me and I wanted to embody her. 

She’s a lonely soul, alone and isolated. She doesn’t have much faith in herself. She’s broken. 

2. Were you a fan of the horror genre before working on the film? If so, what are some of your favourite horror films?

I wasn’t really a big fan of horror movies but nevertherless I’ve been moved by:

– Suspiria (Dario Argento)

– Morse / Let the Right One In (Thomas Alfredson)

– Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)

– Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg)

– The Babadook (Jennifer Kent)

3. What challenges did using a wheelchair for most of the film pose for you as an actress?

Firstly, it is really a physical challenge but I constantly had to think about not using different parts of my body – my legs of course but also my abdominal muscles (and we need those for everything). So, I was always trying to make the right moves. The difficulty starts as soon as you get in the wheelchair because you are not at the same height as other people.

4. Did you have to learn how to use the wheelchair as you prepared for the role? For part of your research for the role, did you speak to people who are wheelchair users? 

I had some physical training and I was coached by a young woman, Lara who has been paraplegic for 10 years. She taught me the movements and how to get around in a wheelchair. She also spoke a lot to me about her disability and it was a real gift to be taught by her. It actually made me want to do it properly and truthfully for her.

5. We see in the movie that a number of people are cruel to Eva because she uses a wheelchair and some even try to take advantage of her because of it. Is that something that you are now more aware of in society? 

Yes, that’s true. I always felt that our society suffers from a great lack of humanity regarding people with disabilities. There is still a lot of progress to make in providing the facilities or transport that’s needed to help disabled people have an easier Life. It is really important that they feel part of our society and not isolated. 

6. What was it like working with Patrick Ridremont as a director?

He is a grown child! He knew exactly what he wanted and he is very precise and very thoughtful. It was very pleasant to work with all the crew. There was a very good mood on the set at all times during the shoot. 

7. You have some quite difficult and confrontational scenes in the film. How do you prepare for those kinds of scenes and how do you wind down and relax afterwards?

Yes, that’s true. Thankfully, I had a stuntman with me – Nick – who taught me how to control my breath when I was filming all through the night in a lake that was 13 degrees celsius. 

And we carefully rehearsed the assault scene to ensure that nobody was hurt.

8. What was the most difficult scene for you as an actress?

I don’t remember as I was excited by all the scenes. All of them were very intense and I can’t remember one scene being more difficult than any other. 

9. Would you return as Eva if there was a sequel to The Advent Calendar?

Of course, I’m Eva 😉

10. What are the best and worst Christmas presents you have ever received?

Once my uncle bought me a huge white and gold dress, with a big train…. I felt like a princess. In fact, as far as I can remember, whenever I received presents, I was always pleased.

The Advent Calendar is now screening on Shudder.

Today the voting lines open in a call to the nation to find the top 3 Australian feature films – fiction and documentary – of all time.  The audience-curated feature films #YOUMUSTSEE will screen at the Adelaide Film Festival in October in a celebration of Australian cinema. 

The #YOUMUSTSEE campaign calls on audiences to celebrate, honour and acknowledge their favourite Australian screen stories and supports the current #MakeitAustralian campaign which throws the light on building a sustainable national screen industry.

One of the five ‘faces’ of the 2018 Festival campaign, South Australian actress Natasha Wanganeen, has Rabbit Proof Fence, Walkabout and Sweet Country on her list.  David Stratton rates Newsfront, Gallipoli and Blessed top of his list while Margaret Pomeranz says the Aussie films #youmustsee are Samson & Delilah, Beneath Clouds and The Babadook 

Are you like Hugo Weaving, Maddie Parry and Yolanda Ramke with Ten Canoes on your list? Chopper makes the cut for Jason “Jabba” Davis, Adam Zwar, Anna Broinowski and Mark Leonard Winter while Strictly Ballroom sparkles for Melanie VallejoBrendan Maclean, Judith Lucy and Toronto Film Festival’s International Programmer Jane Schoettle.  

Warwick Thornton recommends Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howardwhile Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Samantha Lang include Somersault in their top 3 and The Dressmaker features for Sharon JohalThe Castle is up there for Lehmo, 7 News Adelaide’s Jane Doyle, youtube sensation Ozzy Man and Spear producer John Harvey

But it is back to 1919 for Mad Max director Dr George Miller with The Sentimental Bloke. Have your say and tell us your top 3 Australian films #youmustsee! 

Artistic Director of Adelaide Film Festival Amanda Duthie said “This campaign should excite debate and discussion of the Australian screen stories that had an impact as a child, a teenager, or older, whether it was the comedies, the drama, the action or the revelation of a true story told in documentary or fiction form.  Was it a film where you recognised yourself? Or you learnt from a culture not of your own? 

#YOUMUSTSEE invites you to come on this adventure of discovery. We encourage you to think on the Australian films made over the last 112 years and through your vote, gift them to new audiences. Vote because you loved it, it moved you, or you cannot forget the impression it left on you.  

The Australian screen industry is a passionate factory of dreams created for audiences. In an industry landscape where we are fighting to create more Australian production, it is more important than ever that we encourage our audiences to acknowledge Australian screen stories and keep the industry thriving.”

ADL Film Fest is already known as a champion of Australian screen works (feature films and documentaries, shorts, VR, moving image and more) and was the first Australian film festival to invest in film production through the groundbreaking ADL Film Fest FUND resulting in over 100 projects to date.  Become a champion too and vote for Australian screen stories #YOUMUSTSEE at this year’s Adelaide Film Festival.


Voting closes Monday, 30 July, 2018. Need some inspiration


To vote: go to adelaidefilmfestival.org


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.

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AACTA Awards

The 2015 AACTA Awards were held in Sydney this week. Here are all the major winners.


Danielle Cormack (Wentworth)

Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues)

Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King) – WINNER

Kat Stewart (Offspring)


Luke Arnold (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart)

Richard Roxburgh (Rake)

Dan Spielman (The Code)

Ashley Zuckerman (The Code) – WINNER


The Checkout

Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year: South America – WINNER

Paddock To Plate

The Project



Devil’s Playground – WINNER

INXS – Never Tear Us Apart

Secrets + Lies


Shelley Birse (The Code)

Trent O’Donnell/Phil Lloyd (The Moodys)

Josh Thomas (Please Like Me) – WINNER

Peter Duncan (Rake)


The Code – WINNER

Janet King

Puberty Blues



Patrick Brammall (The Little Death)

Yilmaz Erdogan (The Water Diviner) – WINNER

Robert Pattinson (The Rover)

TJ Power (The Little Death)


Erin James (The Little Death)

Jacqueline Mackenzie (The Water Diviner)

Kate Mulvaney (The Little Death)

Susan Prior (The Rover) – WINNER


Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) – WINNER

Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country)

Michael Spierig/Peter Spierig (Predestination)

David Michod (The Rover)


Russell Crowe (The Water Diviner)

David Gulpilil (Charlie’s Country) – WINNER

Damon Herrimon (The Little Death)

Guy Pearce (The Rover)


Kate Box (The Little Death)

Essie Davis (The Babadook)

Sarah Snook (Predistination) – WINNER

Mia Wasikowska (Tracks)


The Water Diviner – JOINT WINNER

The Railway Man

Charlie’s Country

The Babadook – JOINT WINNER



The Longford Lyell Award: Andrew Knight

AACTA Trailblazer Award: Rose Byrne

Backlot Perth

Following on from their sold out December sessions Australian Revelations have just announced their two latest screenings.

Australian Revelations is a celebration of Australian film through a year-round, ongoing series of screenings and The Babadook will headline the next event on Tuesday 27 January.

Receiving a limited cinema release earlier this year, The Babadook is gaining fans – and noterity – across the world, regularly featuring in ‘top 10’ lists by critics everywhere. Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, French Connection) says “I’ve never seen a more terrifying film. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me.”

The film will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring The West Australian’s film editor Mark Naglazas, Xpress Magazine’s Travis Johnson and The West Australian and 6PR film critic Shannon Harvey.

“Who says there’s no audience for Australian films?” say Festival Director Richard Sowada. “The response to date has been fantastic and it’s a real honour to be associated with such fine films – new and old.”

February’s screening will be the 2006 classic Candy. A breakthrough film in the career of local actor Heath Ledger, the screening will be presented by Heath’s parents who will offer insights into his experience of making the film and of the industry at large.

Each Australian Revelations feature screening will be accompanied by a Western Australian made short film, providing opportunities for local filmmakers to have their work seen by new audiences.

Australian Revelations will screen at the new The Backlot Perth facility in West Perth and tickets are available via trybooking.com

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Nick and Greg take a look at new release films ‘The Babadook’, ‘Ida’, ‘My Sweet Pepperland,’‘The Trip To Italy’ and ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’. This episode also sees Dave give a mini review of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

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The Babadook

Subculture Media has a very special The Babadook giveaway for our Sydney listeners. If you’re able to get to a screening in Sydney at 6.45pm on May 19th thn go to our Facebook page and tell us what your favorite Australian horror film is to enter the competition.

Alex Dimitriades

It is with Texas-sized pleasure that Hedone Productions announces today that the World Premiere of Australian feature film The Infinite Man has been confirmed for the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in the US in March. The Infinite Man is the only Australian film selected to screen in the ‘Visions’ section of the festival, which presents audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in narrative filmmaking.

2014 marks the 20th year of SXSW Film, which has grown rapidly in recent years, with Variety observing that ‘the industry will look back at 2013 as a game-changer for SXSW’. Encompassing music and interactive technologies as well as film, the festival is uniquely positioned as a creative hub like no other, with the Sydney Morning Herald last week nominating SXSW as one of the ten festivals to change your life. SXSW Film takes place in Austin, Texas from 7 – 15 March.

The trailer has been released today and can be previewed online at: https://vimeo.com/83463530

The anticipated feature debut from director Hugh Sullivan, starring Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall and Alex Dimitriades, The Infinite Man is a time travel comedy-romance about Dean (Josh McConville), a man whose attempts to construct the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover Lana (Hannah Marshall) in an infinite loop.

 “We are thrilled to premiere The Infinite Man at the SXSW Film Festival, given its reputation as one of the best launching pads for indie films like ours. Recent SXSW premieres include Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers and Duncan Jones’ Source Code and we couldn’t be happier to be in that company”, said Kate Croser, Producer.

 The Infinite Man is the anticipated feature film debut of writer/director Hugh Sullivan whose short films have screened in official selection at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, Flickerfest and the Melbourne International Film Festival. As a winner of the Spirit of Youth Award – Moving Pictures in 2006, Hugh received a one-year mentorship with director Phillip Noyce.

 The Infinite Man stars acclaimed actor Josh McConville (Underbelly, Wild Boys, Redfern Now) in his first feature film lead role as the gifted scientist and control freak Dean. Widely regarded for his work on the stage, Josh was crowned Best Actor at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2013 for his role in Griffin Theatre’s The Boys. Josh’s feature film debut came in 2013 in David Wenham’s directorial debut Commission from the celebrated anthology film The Turning, in which he starred starring alongside Hugo Weaving.

Hannah Marshall, who stars as Dean’s girlfriend Lana, is best known for her role as Loretta Schembri in Packed to the Rafters, one of the highest rating shows on Australian television, for which received a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent (2011). AACTA award winner Alex Dimitriades (The Slap, Head On) stars as Lana’s ex-boyfriend, the disgraced 1980s Olympian, Terry.

 The film is produced by Hedone Productions’ Kate Croser (Danger 5, 100 Bloody Acres) and Sandy Cameron. Croser also produced My Tehran For Sale, which was filmed in Tehran and went on to screen in Official Selection at Toronto, Vancouver, Busan and Rotterdam International Film Festivals and won the IF Independent Spirit Award (2009). Cameron Rogers and Jonathan Page (Mary and Max, The Babadook) are Executive Producers.

 The Infinite Man was produced by Hedone Productions in association with Bonsai Films, with investment from the South Australia Film Corporation (SAFC) through their FilmLab funding initiative, and development assistance from Screen Australia.

 FilmLab is a $4.2million development initiative of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), funded by the South Australian government. Designed to develop filmmakers who have a track record in short form to take the next step into long form film production, the initiative was also built to find unique new voices in Australian cinema.

The Infinite Man will be released in Australian cinemas in 2014 by Infinite Releasing with international sales handled by Shoreline Entertainment.