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Fangoria x Monster Fest: Behind the Screen

I’m going to be appearing on a panel at Fangoria x Monster Fest 2019, which means I get to hang out with some of my favourite people (Sally ChristieJohn HarrisonMichael Helms) and discuss how we stumbled into the film criticism and film programming business, and the realities of our ‘glamorous’ lifestyle.

Come along and hang with us – it’s free!

Supporting Characters: Episode 51

In an epic six-hour stretch (without a break) – from 8pm to 2am Melbourne Eastern Standard Time – I spoke with Bill Ackerman from Supporting Characters about… me.

Yes, somehow, Bill managed to take what I’ve felt was a fairly ordinary existence and dug out some extraordinary things. I hardly recognise the person in this podcast.

If you feel so inclined, you may like to have a listen to it. But I won’t be upset if you just skip ahead to get the highlights.

I would like to thank Bill for an experience I’m unlikely to repeat, as well as for his patience, kindness and time in bringing this podcast together.

Every episode is a massive effort for Bill, and I really recommend you check out some of the other episodes too. You’re likely to find some gems among the 51 episodes so far.

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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RAW in Conversation at Cinema Nova

Join Cinema Nova in Melbourne for an advance screening of Julia Ducournau’s stunning debut film RAW on Wednesday 19th April, followed by a panel hosted by me and featuring Clem Bastow, Barbara Creed, Philippa Hawker and Cerise Howard discussing ‘horror in the eyes of women’…

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THE FLY book is coming

I am currently working on a book for the Devil’s Advocates series of horror cinema studies focusing on David Cronenberg’s The Fly. Due for release later in 2017…

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Cinemaniacs’ presentation of Dolls

Cinemaniacs graciously asked me to do another presentation, this time for Stuart Gordon’s 1987 feature, Dolls. Following is a transcript of the presentation at Backlot Studios on Saturday 17th September 2016, complete in its unadulterated form with cues for slide cards… Continue reading “Cinemaniacs’ presentation of Dolls”

To Just Survive as the Final Girl is Not Victory

Reflecting on Women in Horror Month, Kate Robertson speaks with me and fellow Plato’s Cave critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas  for 4:3 film journal about the gender politics of Dario Argento, found footage cinema, the ‘Final Girl’ and many other exciting things.

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