Miss Kiet's Children

Interview: How Petra and Peter discovered Miss Kiet’s Children

Last month I published a review of Miss Kiet’s Children, directed by Dutch documentary filmmakers Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster. I don’t think I could have been more emphatic in my praise for what they have achieved with the film. Shot over the course of a full school year, the Lataster’s provide an immersive look…

By James Curnow
God Knows Where I Am

Interview: Jedd and Todd Wider on ‘God Knows Where I Am’

Several years ago Rachel Aviv published an article in the New Yorker about Linda Bishop, a woman who had struggled with mental health issues for much of her life. In October 2007, having been recently released from psychiatric care, Linda began to suffer from paranoid delusions about being pursued. She broke into an empty New…

By James Curnow
Jewel's Catch One

Interview: How Jewel’s Catch One made history

It’s easy to see a documentary filmmaker’s passion shine through when they are deeply invested in a project. Such is the case with C. Fitz’s new film, Jewel’s Catch One, which will have its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Focusing on the history of Los Angeles’ legendary gay nightclub Catch One and…

By James Curnow
Film Hawk

Interview: Understanding the Film Hawk Behind Kevin Smith

For most Australians, the name Bob Hawk conjures up images of one our more recognised former Prime Ministers, Bob Hawke. But in the American independent film world, the name is more commonly associated with a well-renowned film consultant, most celebrated for shining a light on filmmakers like Kevin Smith, Edward Burns and Barbara Hammer. In…

By James Curnow
Aaron Biebert A Billion Lives

Aaron Biebert discusses A Billion Lives

Ahead of its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, I recently had the opportunity to see A Billion Lives, the documentary feature film debut of director, Aaron Biebert. The subject matter is likely to be controversial, and I must confess to having started writing this article on numerous occasions, looking for the best…

By James Curnow
Andrew Mercado Ozploitation

The Unknown Stuntman Talks Ozploitation

I’ve long been a fan of Australian exploitation or “ozploitation” cinema, so I’m always excited when this under-appreciated segment of Aussie film history gets a little recognition. The idea that new audiences might be exposed to our long history of low-budget horror classics, genre mash-ups, comedies, sex romps and so-bad-its-goodies gives me a vicarious thrill…

By James Curnow
Spoke the movie em baker

Interview: Em Baker hits the road in ‘Spoke’

For most of us, travelling across the United States would likely involve a lot of flying, tour buses, and train travel. Not so for Em Baker, whose film Spoke will soon screen at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Baker filmed herself and her companions as they rode 5600 kilometres from one side of the United…

By James Curnow