Interviews

Josephine (previously John) Emery (19 February 1947-)  is one of a group of filmmakers who was at the heart of the film industry in South Australia when it began to thrive in the late 70s and into the 1980s. She wrote a script for what would become Phil Noyce’s first feature Backroads (1977). She followed…

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As a companion piece to the article Frank Howson and the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, we have this interview with the Producer/Writer/Director himself. Melbourne’s Frank Howson (1952-) started in show business on the stage at the age of seven. A prodigious and prolific writer of music, film and the stage as well as other media,…

Read more Producer and Writer Frank Howson on Laura Branigan, the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the Art of Creation and more…

Christopher Doyle (1952-) is an Australian born cinematographer who left Australia as a teenager and after working odd jobs throughout the world became a student of Chinese culture and a photographer. Cinematography followed and he made his first movie in Taiwan in the early 80s. Since then he has worked on over 50 movies in…

Read more Cinematographer Christopher Doyle on Chinese Cinema and the Psycho remake

And a word or two on Maslin Beach (1997), set on the eponymous nude beach in Adelaide. It’s your masterpiece in terms of script and direction. The nudity is not coy. Did you originally set out to make what is essentially a “European” movie? Maslin Beach was my ‘coming of age’, and the transition from…

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You co-produced The Dreaming (1988) with Craig Lahiff and with Anthony I. Ginnane as executive producer. It stars Penny Cook who passed away recently. She worked with Lahiff, who is also gone, on the very good Hitchcockian slasher/horror Coda (1987). How would you sum them up? You must have known Lahiff well. The period 1984…

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As the producer, what was the inspiration for Centrespread (1981)? How did it begin? In 1978, I began working with Newfilms in Adelaide, which was a production company owned by Justin Milne and Geoffrey Simpson. I learned my trade production managing documentaries, corporate films and commercials. Geoffrey and I constantly talked about making a feature…

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