I’m getting up scarily early tomorrow to catch a plane, but I couldn’t go to bed without a quick note about this evening. Penny and I and quite a few other people were extras in the film Alex is making as part of his year-long director’s course at AFTRS. That’s the Australian Film Television and Radio School. We spent hours standing around being bored, and minutes sitting in front of the camera – at least I was sitting, pretending to eat disgusting noodles, while Penny had a more upright role, wearing an anti-infection mask. I loved seeing – and being a small part of – the well-oiled machinery of a film shoot in action, and I especially loved seeing the way the two actors, in the midst of so much noise and busyness, managed to make something happen between them. All this happened beneath the roar of the Expressway in Pyrmont, close to the city. I took a number of blurry photos with my phone camera. No time for more – here is Alex with actor Richard Green (of Boxing Day fame), a masked Penny, Alex in a variety of directorial moments (including one with Anna Lise Phillips with an umbrella – did I mention it rained a fair bit? Anna Lise lent me her hoodie), and the disgusting noodles.
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- Chernobyl Prayer (Svetlana Alexievich 1997, trans Anna Gunin & Arch Tait 2016) 23 October 2017Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013. The Book Group continues its Soviet theme.
- Stan: Persepolis ( Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi 2008) 21 October 2017It's a long time since I read Marjane Satrapi's brilliant Persepolis comics. The film has much more about the history of Iran than I remembered. It was a wonderful antidote to a vapid film we'd just paid to see at the movies.
- Home Again (Hallie Meyers-Shier 2017) 21 October 2017The best thing about this movie is that it gave a youngish woman writer director a go. I did laugh a couple of times, but the best laugh was when the young women behind me gasped at one of a particularly sexist lines – that is to say, their relish of the moment amplified it enough for me to enjoy it too. Mostly, despite Reece Witherspoon, Michael Sheen and C […]
- Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve 2017) 20 October 2017Is there a word that means 'bombastic' but has entirely positive connotations? That's the word I want to use about this movie. And as someone asked on Twitter, 'What happened to Deckard's dog?'
- Descender Vol 4: Orbital Mechanics (Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen and others 2017) 19 October 2017A tiny life in jeopardy as the whole galaxy is on the brink of war. Similar concern to Blade Runner's to challenge the human–machine dichotomy.
- Chernobyl Prayer (Svetlana Alexievich 1997, trans Anna Gunin & Arch Tait 2016) 23 October 2017
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