Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Rogue set visit

No sooner as I'm back and I'm heading back to Melbourne to visit the set of Greg McLean's Rogue. McLean's previous film, the awesome Wolf Creek was a huge hit and hopes are high for his latest, all we know at present is the brief plot outline on IMDB, An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile. Rogue stars Wolf Creek bad guy John Jarrat, Melinda and Melinda star Rhada Mitchell and Sam Worthington.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Real Horrorshow

It’s shaping up to be a very busy end of the year. Whilst in Melbourne as well as witnessing Ra Choi’s victory at the AGWIE’s I attended the press launch and gala opening of Stanley Kubrick - Inside the Mind of a Visionary Filmmaker. The exhibition is awe inspiring; items on display include Alex’s cane from A Clockwork Orange, ape costumes, space suits and the Starchild from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the typewriter and the axe from The Shining, costumes from Spartacus and Barry Lyndon and Tom Cruise's venetian mask from Eyes Wide Shut, the list is endless. We even get to see the great directors research work for his two great unmade films; Napoleon and The Aryan Papers. His library on Napoleon is the biggest in the world. With over 1000 artefacts on display you do indeed feel like you are walking through film history. If any readers can get to Melbourne before the end of January I heartily recommend you pay ACMI a visit. Malcolm McDowell was a warm and funny interviewee; the enthusiasm in which he still talks about A Clockwork Orange and Kubrick was a pleasure to hear. A Big thank you to Justin Rogers at ACMI for arranging everything.