Posts Tagged ‘Australian film’

Lumina FOMM!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11th, 2010 by Rachael – 1 Comment

Friday On My Mind now has its very own edition of Lumina.

Brought to you by the Australian Film Television and Radio School, this issue contains interviews from the past year including:

• screenwriters such as Justin Monjo, Jacquelin Perske, Andrew Knight and Alice Bell
• writer turned director Stuart Beattie (Tomorrow When the War Began)
• producers Sue Taylor (The Tree) and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech)
• teams such as Claire McCarthy and Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City)
• writer/director/actor Brendan Cowell and online wunderkind Nicholas Carlton

Interviews and edit by yours truly over the course of many a Friday eve. That’s many a bier forgone at the Bavarian.

So get your holiday reading now here online.

Samson & Delilah

Posted in my reviews on February 23rd, 2009 by Rachael – 3 Comments

Writer: Warwick Thornton
Director: Warwick Thornton
Producer: Kath Shelper

Samson & Delilah, Rowan McNamara

[In Australian cinemas April 30 (NSW May 7) through Footprint Films]

Exile, struggle and salvation are all central themes of Warwick Thornton’s first feature Samson and Delilah. But this is no simple allegory. And it is completely unpretentious. In fact, the conceit of this film’s title works precisely because the plight of its protagonists seems of so little consequence to everyone else around them.

Unlike similar angst-ridden couples – from Bonnie and Clyde to Neil Armfield’s Candy to new Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo’s volatile Voy a Explotar (I’m Gonna Explode) – Thornton’s Samson and Delilah elicit a mute protest and quiet pathos.

Thornton’s signature characters are here: the Green Bush radio station and Nana (Mitjili Napanangka Gibson) that made his award winning 2005 and 2007 short films by the same name world celebrated (the former won Best Short in the Panorama section of Berlin and the latter a Crystal Bear). Both bring humour to this otherwise largely bleak landscape. But what I like most about Thornton’s direction in Samson and Delilah is that he never allows the journey to be romanticised. Whilst his stunning cinematography could easily have elicited a nostalgic glow, the Samson and Delilah he creates in long, slow shots and intimate close-ups are all too real.

This narrative runs to its own rhythm and pace. There is no clearly delineated line of cause and effect; action and consequence. There are repetitions, echoes even, but no clear tracks. This will make it a difficult commercial sell but should play well at international festivals. It is Thornton’s homage to a culture (and one that he knows well) in which change does not come quickly or easily and in which the greatest danger is the subtle erosion of hope itself.

Samson & Delilah, Marissa Gibson

Inside Film (IF)

Posted in my articles on February 21st, 2009 by Rachael – 2 Comments

60 issues, 9 international film festivals, 1 written warning.

Interviews during editorship include: Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Michael Winterbottom, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Franke Potente, Cate Shortland, Anton Corbijn, Charles Roven, Christopher Doyle, January Jones, Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, Julian Schnabel, Catherine Breillat and oh so many more.

A selection of covers, from Nick Cave to Eric Bana:

Inside Film covers

Feeling_Lonely? (2007)

Posted in my films on February 21st, 2009 by Rachael – 4 Comments

Short film
Writer: Rachael Turk
Director: Rachael Turk
Producers: Melissa Beauford, Rachael Turk

Feeling_Lonely? Angus Sampson

Rob is “the man who has everything” (and everyone). But when 45-y-o ‘Mother Manchester’ catches his eye online, he gets more action than he bargained for. In an age of ritualised surveillance, where familiarity is often confused for intimacy, Feeling_Lonely? is about watching and being watched.

My lighting brief to DOP Bonnie Elliott was to create a “fishbowl existence” – lots of U/V light and so on. She then chose the F900 to give the images a clean, almost clinical feel. Casting comic actor Angus Sampson against type paid off big time – his presence is palpable in this dramatic role.


  • ‘Best Short Drama’ WOW Film Festival
  • Finalist Manhattan Short Film Festival
  • ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) Bronze

  • LA Shorts Fest
  • Sydney International Film Festival
  • Brisbane International Film Festival
  • WOW Film Festival
  • Rome International Film Festival
  • Manhattan Short Film Festival
  • Click here to watch the film.

    [produced with assistance from the former Australian Film Commission]

    Smile For Me (2006)

    Posted in my films on February 21st, 2009 by Rachael – Be the first to comment

    Short film
    Writer: Rachael Turk
    Director: Anna Fraser
    Producer: Karinn Cheung

    It’s Saturday night in a beachside suburb. Michelle and Simone navigate another night of parties, boredom and surf culture. When morning comes everything – and nothing – has changed.

    This story comes from the underbelly of my teenage years on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We often think of surf culture as bright and sunny and filled with wholesome salt air – this film shows the flipside. It’s about both the need for acknowledgment and the desire for a life outside the Warriewood Square. Stars Jessica Tovey.

    Smile For Me production still


  • AWGIE (Australian Writers Guild) for ‘Best Short Script’
  • ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) Bronze

  • Australian Short Film Today (New York, Washington)
  • [funded by the NSW Film and Television Office Young Filmmakers Fund]