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International Women’s Day broadcast

It was International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019.

Programming and Content Manager at Triple R, Bec Hornsby, asked Cerise Howard and I from Plato’s Cave, and Megan McKeough from Zero-G, to talk about anything we wanted to talk about. So we chatted about women in film and we introduced our hour-long broadcast with the Duran Duran song, ‘Girls on Film’ (my personal highlight of the show).

One of the things we discussed was early women filmmakers, which meant the subject of Alice Guy-Blaché came up – one of (if not) the most criminally forgotten people in cinema. In talking about Alice, we were able to determine that cinema is not an industry that is new to female practitioners; it is one that was built by female practitioners. Somewhere along the way, the money men pushed the women out.

You can listen back to our broadcast here, and you can also find out more about Alice Guy-Blaché in a documentary that seeks to right a wrong, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché.

We owe a lot to Alice Guy-Blaché. Worship her.

ALIEN 4K restoration screening

It’s hard to believe Ridley Scott’s transcendent sci-fi/horror classic ALIEN is now 40 years old. What a film and what a legacy.

Accordingly, I’ll be celebrating this milestone birthday with a few hundred or so of my closest friends when Tristan Jones and I introduce the special ALIEN 4K restoration screening at The Astor Theatre in St Kilda, Friday 26th April. Here’s what the folks from the Astor have to say about it:

“To celebrate 40 years of the original cinematic space nightmare, we are presenting a new 4K restoration of the original theatrical cut of ALIEN to mark its 40th anniversary. The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery. The 4K scans were done at EFilm and the audio restoration was done by Audio Mechanics.

But that’s not all – in this special “Alien Day” double feature, we will be following the screening of ALIEN with the return of the rare 70mm 6-track magnetic Dolby surround sound print of ALIENS. The way this original print sounds will blow you away!

This is enough to make any ALIEN fan scream! Expect some additional surprise on the night too – and keep en eye on Duke so we don’t have to go back on the ship and get him!”

Tristan and I will have more to say about it on the night. Buy your tickets here…

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Delightfully Dark – MWFF panel discussion

This Saturday 23rd February, I’ll be joining four other women – Susie Porter, Donna McRae, Alison Adriano and Janice Loreck (moderator) – for a panel discussion as part of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF), exquisitely titled Delightfully Dark.

But why Delightfully Dark, you might ask?

Because we’re tackling the subject of (delightful) women in filmmaking, particularly those who venture into weird, transgressive and extreme cinema. What does the dark side look like for women creatives? And can it be empowering to depict darkness onscreen?

It all takes place at ACMI, 12.30pm. Please come along and don’t be afraid to say ‘hello darkness, my old friend.’

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Cinemaniacs’ 2nd film festival – A Tobe Hooper Retrospective

Following the success of their inaugural film festival in January 2018, ‘You’re a vile sorry bitch’ – A Celebration of Hagsploitation!, Melbourne’s premier film retrospective collective, Cinemaniacs, is going full horror with a tribute to the late, great iconoclast, Tobe Hooper.

Beginning with his groundbreaking debut feature film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), the festival will survey seminal Hooper moments, including two films that I’m excited to be introducing – Eaten Alive (1976) and The Funhouse (1981). Lee Gambin, Sally Christie, John Harrison, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Angela Ndalianis are the other venerable speakers who will be fleshing out his career.

My family’s always been in meat’ – A Tobe Hooper Retrospective takes place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January, Backlot Studios, Melbourne, and the programme looks something like this:

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Journal Launch: If I Only Had a Brain

When Lee Gambin said he was creating a regular, themed journal as part of his Cinemaniacs film collective, I had no idea it would be this impressive (and this big – around 200 pages). But, Lee has managed to do it once again, and I’m proud as punch to be in the flagship edition on ‘Scarecrows in Cinema’.

My contribution is the rather thorny subject of the Jeepers Creepers franchise.

Anyone in Melbourne is more than welcome to join us at the launch of the journal on Saturday 10th November at Grub Street Bookshop where copies will be on-sale. I will be attending, although I cannot confirm an appearance by Lee’s canine son, Buddy, who is modelling the journal in this photo.

Get it where all good books are sold.

Book Launch: THE FLY and ROLLERBALL

Yes, this is happening…

What: Andrew Nette and Emma Westwood invite you to the launch of their new cinema books on ROLLERBALL and THE FLY
When: Sunday 4th November @ 4.30pm
Where: Grub Street Bookshop, 379 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
RSVP: andrewnette@gmail.com and emma@emmawestwood.net

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Happy MIFF 2018

A reminder to everyone that the Melbourne International Film Festival is now in top gear, and the Plato’s Cave crew on Triple R is spending hours upon hours across the next two and a bit weeks in darkened cinemas to bring you the best festival coverage in town.

Tune in live on Monday 6th August and Monday 13th August at 7pm for your MIFF filmic fill or listen back to the podcast…

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Cheers from Plato’s Cave x

Watch the bear panel (grrrrrr!)

It was a pleasure to host a panel on bears in cinema following the Cinemaniacs screening of Prophecy earlier this year.

For those who weren’t in attendance, we created a Facebook live video that is now immortalised on the Diabolique website. Please watch it, and be aware that the screen will turn from landscape to portrait at about the three-minute mark.

Thanks to Lee Gambin, Clem Bastow and Christian McCrea for being so wonderful.

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Cinemaniacs Presents Prophecy

On Saturday 17th March 2018, I get to introduce John Frankenheimer’s little-screened eco-monster thriller, Prophecy, at the Backlot Studios in Melbourne.

Following the screening, I will be hosting a panel featuring a menagerie of experts – Lee Gambin, Clem Bastow and Christian McCrea – discussing the subject of bears in cinema. And that’s not human bears but actual bears with claws and fur all over them.

I highly doubt there’s been a screening and panel anywhere in the world quite like this one. Here is the video evidence of it.

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