@3 weeks ago with 7 notes
#the astor theatre
Beloved Melbourne institution The Astor, the cinematic juggernaut screening new and classic films tirelessly for decades, will be shutting down in 2015.
This is something of a blow; sure, the resident Astor cat, who once came up and sat upright on my lap during a screening of Once Upon a Time in the West, will be fine. Cats are like furry cockroaches, and will surely outlive us all. But what I’m more worried about is the legacy of this incredible, improbable testament to cinephilia.
Before I moved to Melbourne, I studied film at UNSW in Sydney, and every week, I’d head over to The Chauvel, a cinemateque in Paddington. They’d show rare, imported films, double and triple features of restored, near-unobtainable prints, and the kind of lite-art fare seen at Dendy. But they weren’t making enough money, and much like a bankrupt submarine, they went under.
But after a Herculean investment of time and money from investors, they reopened, bigger and better than ever. I didn’t Even know this Phoenix-like rise had occurred until I flew over to Sydney to host a Q&A with Dylan Moran. We rocked up at the venue, and I gazed up at the restored facade, amazed. So maybe, just maybe, this closure will be less a death, and more a rebirth.
Also, I’d like confirmation from those running the Astor that the cat is, as I’ve long suspected, an animagus. UPDATE: Apparently the Astor cat died. My mighty heart is breaking.
@1 month ago with 8 notes
#Comedy #MICF #Paul Verhoeven #Standup
Guys, I’m unbelievably proud to unveil the poster for my very first solo show, Tell Me Lies, on at Melbourne Fringe! It was made for me by the supremely talented Adam McKenzie who is getting serious gobbies later today from yours truly. Note: gobbies are what I call delicious cupcakes.
Which may explain why I keep getting kicked out of bakeries.
Also, you can buy tickets to my show right here! I am so excited about this. Can’t wait to show you all what I’ve been working on!
(You can buy tickets right here!)
OK! So it’s been a while, but here’s a wrap-up of my work over the past few weeks:
- Rik Mayall passed away. I grew up worshiping the guy, so I wrote a tribute for TheVine.com.au.
- A bunch of my non-gamer friends were wanting to get into games, so I wrote what I think was a real accessible beginners guide for them, and people like them. Basically, a guide to games that even non-gamers would love, also for TheVine.com.au.
- I’m working on my Melbourne Fringe show! It’s called TELL ME LIES, and it’ll be on at the Portland Hotel in the second week of the festival. Writing is going slowly but surely. I may be nauseous with fear, but at least it’s MY fear, dammit.
- The LORDS OF LUXURY, the sketch group I’m in, is ALSO doing a Fringe show! We head off this weekend on a writing retreat. Expect updates.
- My interview with Tommy Wisseau went up at SBS comedy!
- Tegan Higginbotham wrote a short story for kids (sort of) and I illustrated it. It’s called JIMMY MOVES HOUSE. It’s short, sharp and well worth the read.
- Also, I signed on with Catherine Poulton Management! I’ve not had an agent for a while, so this is awesome news. Will they be able to wrangle my borderline unprofessional idiocy? My money… is on ‘yes’.
@3 months ago with 9 notes
Watching The Notebook. Credits roll. Simple Minds ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ plays. Well played, MOVIE.
@4 months ago with 1 note
@7 months ago with 12 notes
#doctor who #peter capaldi
Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who costume has been unveiled!
For fans of the now fifty year old show, the reveal of an upcoming Doctor’s fatigues is a big deal. When the publicity shots of David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) in his Ben Sherman suits, Chuck Taylor’s and brown trench coat were unveiled, fans lost their minds. Some over the costume, some on account of various emotional ailments.
Regardless, this is one of the most exciting parts of a new Doctor; there’s an ocean of limitless potential there. There’s no shoddy writing (yet), no bizarre, contrived it twists (yet), and no clumsy, lazy characterisation (yet). There’s just Peter Capaldi, star of The Thick of It, looking damn fine in a crisp suit.
According to Capaldi, he didn’t want anything flashy. He wanted his Doctor to be all about getting down to business. For casual observers of Doctor Who, or for lapsed fans, the magic and integrity of the show has somewhat dissipated under the self-indulgent hands of Steven Moffat, show runner of Who for the last handful of seasons.
But seeing this photo… I should know better, but it truly does get my hopes up. Maybe this is the beginning of what a certain evil lion uncle would brand ‘a shining new era’.
What do you think of the costume?