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Talking Pictures Podcast | Series 1

No-one likes a talker in the theatre. But outside of the cinema, that’s another matter! MIFF’s annual Talking Pictures program is designed to have you discussing, questioning and arguing all things cinematic with the festival’s filmmakers and personalities.

MIFF will be reliving some of the highlights of recent Talking Pictures programs with a new series of podcasts - Check back to this page monthly for new instalments, find us on our iTunes page or better yet, subscribe to Widescreen, where new episodes will be launched.

Episode 5 | Blue Movies: Sex and Sexuality on Screen (14mins)

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Co-presented with The Wheeler Centre

From Wetlands to My Mistress, MIFF 2014 was filled with risqué business. But the question is: how do you write ‘meaningful’ sex on screen in a way that isn’t meaningless sleaze? Writer and journalist Clem Bastow talks to Stephan Elliot (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Ana Kokkinos (Head On, Blessed), Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour, MIFF 2014) and Joe Swanberg (Happy Christmas, MIFF 2014; Drinking Buddies, MIFF 2013) and Barbara Creed, University of Melbourne Professor of Cinema Studies about using the sex scene to actually say something new.

Recorded on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at The Cube at ACMI, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne 

Photograph by Francine Schaepper. (L-R: Clem Bastow, Joe Swanberg, Desiree Akhavan, Dr Barbara Creed, Ana Kokkinos, Stephan Elliot)

Credits:

Paper Edit: Maria Chetcuti

Audio edit and assembly: Maria Chetcuti

Sound Mix: Maria Chetcuti

Transcription: Maria Chetcuti

Producer: Al Cossar, Lauren Zoric

 

Episode 4 | Resistance = Futile? The Activist Film in Australia (11.50mins)

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Co-presented with the Australian Directors Guild.

What is the state of Australia’s activist filmmaking? Join filmmakers David Bradbury (On Borrowed Time, A Hard Rain), Jeff Daniels (The 10 Conditions of Love, MIFF 2009), Alex Kelly (Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji, Queen of the Desert) and Kitty Green (Ukraine is not a Brothel), who made headlines after her arrest in Belarus, as they speak with documentary filmmaker John Hughes to find out about the future of local film as protest, and the difference between – to apply some Godard – "making political films, and making films politically".

Recorded on 31 July 2013 at The Wheeler Centre. Photography by Tim O'Connor (L-R: David Bradbury, Alex Kelly, John Hughes, Kitty Green and Jeff Daniels).

Credits:

Paper Edit: Lucy Adams

Audio edit and assembly: Lucy Adams

Sound Mix: Lucy Adams

Transcription: Lucy Adams

Producer: Al Cossar, Lauren Zoric

 

Episode 3 | Real to Reel?: Fitting True Lives onto Film (11.50 minutes)

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Co-presented with the Australian Writers Guild

Can someone’s life truly work as a piece of fiction? Join Mac Gudgeon (screenwriter Last Ride, Ground Zero) with acclaimed Australian writer Jan Sardi (Shine, MIFF 1996; Mao’s Last Dancer), Shaun Grant (Snowtown) and Christine Olsen (Rabbit-Proof Fence) as they talk about the intricacies of real life, reimagined for the screen.

Recorded on Tuesday 30 July 2013 at The Wheeler Centre. Photo by: Nikki Loyson (L-R: Mac Gudgeon, Jan Sardi, Christine Olsen, Shaun Grant)

Credits:

Paper Edit: Maria Chetcuti

Audio edit and assembly: Maria Chetcuti

Sound Mix: Maria Chetcuti

Transcription: Maria Chetcuti

Producer: Al Cossar, Lauren Zoric

  

Episode 2 | Looks Good Enough To Eat: Food and Wine in Film (or Why Popcorn Just Won't Do) (11.49 minutes)

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Dani Valent (The Age food writer; screenwriter HERE, MIFF 2011) talks to renowned chefs and restaurateurs George Calombaris (Masterchef, Hellenic Republic, Gazi, The Press Club), Ben Shewry (Attica) and Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino), alongside director Warwick Ross (Red Obsession, MIFF 2013) and award-winning wine editor Max Allen (Australian Gourmet Traveller) as they ponder why we want to see food and wine on film – and why an on-screen meal can make for a great movie.

Recorded at The Wheeler Centre on Monday 5 August 2013. Photo by Tim O'Connor. (L-R: Warwick Ross, Max Allen, Dani Valent, Ben Shewry, Guy Grossi, George Calombaris)

Credits

Editor: Lucy Adams

Sound Mix: Lucy Adams

Transcription: Lucy Adams

Producer: Al Cossar, Lauren Zoric

 

Episode 1 | Local and Notable: Marvellous Melbourne Movies (12 minutes)

 

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A star-studded panel of local Melburnians discuss the city’s big cinematic question: What is the iconic Melbourne film?

Michael Williams (Director of The Wheeler Centre) talks to an acclaimed lineup of local luminaries, which in this podcast includes rock musician Adalita, indigenous actor and elder Jack Charles, and writer and broadcaster Clementine Ford, about their picks for seeing our city on screen.

Note: Jack Charles refers to ‘Foley’ during one of his anecdotes. He is referring to local academic, actor, activist and writer Gary Foley.

Recorded at The Wheeler Centre on Monday 4 August 2014. Photos by Damian Sullivan.

 

Credits

Editor: Maria Chetcuti

Sound Mix: Mike Young c/o SYN Media

Transcription: Marita Lacota

Thanks to: Lucy Adams

Producers: Al Cossar, Lauren Zoric