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Dean Bennett (1963-) is a bit of a legend in South Australia as he was a young film-maker who inspired many other young film-makers through his impressive award-winning Super 8 short films which played local festivals in the late 1970s. His ingenuity in creating exciting stunts and fiery special effects on the pocket money he…

Read more Teen Movie Prodigy and Stunt Man Dean Bennett on his Cult Film Career and Carrie Fisher…

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…

Read more Screenwriter Josephine Emery on Strangers, Craig Lahiff, Scott Hicks and more

*contains spoilers Penny finds Steiner’s office ransacked and the killer attempts to strangle her but she uses a blunt instrument and escapes him/her/neither. Here the music, or lack of it, drives the tension. Is a life without music/sex worth living? This element seems built in to the tension of the sequence. Of course, after another…

Read more Craig Lahiff’s Aussie Hitchcockian Double Bill (Part Two)

*contains spoilers Coda (1987) aka Symphony of Evil aka Deadly Possession and Strangers (1991) are two films directed by South Australian director Craig Lahiff (1947-2014). The titles of his movies were often one word and the pair of movies are often described by critics as sub-Hitchcock. I think they deserve more praise than that, considering…

Read more Craig Lahiff’s Aussie Hitchcockian Double Bill (Part One)