Unleashing Turtle Power: Inside the TMNT Mutant Mayhem Experience in Sydney

In a remarkable fusion of pop culture and immersive entertainment, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) recently descended upon Sydney’s Central Station Grand Concourse, offering fans a unique opportunity to bask in the glory of the iconic “heroes in a half shell.” The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Experience, held from September 1 to September 3, served as a captivating precursor to the Turtles’ imminent cinematic return on September 7.

The TMNT Underground Lair: A Portal to Childhood Nostalgia

The centerpiece of this extraordinary experience was an intricately designed underground lair, meticulously recreated to emulate the very essence of the TMNT universe. From the moment attendees set foot within its confines, they were transported into a world of animated enchantment. The attention to detail was nothing short of astonishing, as every corner of the lair pulsated with the vivacity of the beloved series. This interactive exhibition offered fans a tangible connection to the Turtles’ secret sanctuary, an unparalleled opportunity to delve deep into the lore that has captivated audiences for generations.

A Culinary Affair, TMNT Style

To satisfy the insatiable cravings of attendees and align with the Turtles’ notorious love for pizza, the event featured a delectable spread from Pizza Hut. It was a culinary delight that brought smiles to the faces of fans and made them feel like true denizens of the Turtles’ world. Gelatissimo’s tantalizing ice cream creations rounded off the gastronomic journey, leaving attendees with a sweet aftertaste of nostalgia, much like the heartwarming lessons imparted by the TMNT franchise.

Nostalgia Meets Modern Entertainment

The TMNT: Mutant Mayhem Experience catered to a diverse audience, bridging generational gaps with finesse. Retro TVs showcased classic TMNT episodes, evoking waves of nostalgia among long-time aficionados while introducing younger fans to the enduring magic of the series. The training ground designed for kids and the skateboard spot were hits with the younger crowd, offering them a taste of the Turtles’ life of action and adventure. Classic arcade games transported attendees back to a time when arcades were the epicenters of entertainment, reminiscent of the Turtles’ own adventures.

Notably, a wall space was allocated for attendees to leave heartfelt messages for the Turtles, underlining the emotional bond that fans have cultivated with these beloved characters. It was a touching gesture that acknowledged the enduring impact of the TMNT franchise on multiple generations.

In Conclusion, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Experience was an unparalleled fusion of entertainment, nostalgia, and gastronomy. It served as a testament to the enduring appeal of the TMNT franchise and its ability to bring people of all ages together. In a world where the line between reality and fiction is often blurred, this experience was a resounding affirmation that the magic of childhood heroes can be relived and cherished in the most extraordinary of ways. Here’s to the TMNT and their indomitable Turtle Power, which continues to captivate and inspire fans worldwide.

Nintendo Australia Unveils Emma Watkins as New Face of Nintendo Switch Campaign

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In an exciting announcement, Nintendo Australia has revealed that the multi-talented Australian children’s entertainer, singer, actress, and dancer Emma Watkins is the latest celebrity to grace the screens in a dynamic brand campaign for the Nintendo Switch.

Emma skillfully showcases how the Nintendo Switch seamlessly integrates into her active lifestyle in this fresh campaign. With captivating games like Ring Fit Adventure, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Pikmin 4, the Nintendo Switch provides Emma with moments of relaxation and enjoyment amid her bustling work schedule and touring commitments.

A genuine aficionado of the Nintendo Switch, Emma enthuses, “It’s been such a thrill to partner with Nintendo Australia for this campaign and show how these games, and Nintendo Switch, form a part of my home routine and help me to relax and unwind by myself and with family. Sharing the fun with my husband and sister has been great too!” 

The campaign commercials also showcase the involvement of Emma’s sister, Hayley Watkins, and her husband, Oliver Brian, adding a heartfelt touch to the narrative. The debut TV commercial, highlighting the entertaining gameplay of Ring Fit Adventure and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is already captivating audiences.

Explore the captivating world of Nintendo Switch with the first commercial starring Emma Watkins and her sister, Hayley. Immerse yourself in their journey of unwinding and connecting through the magic of Nintendo Switch.

Stay tuned for more engaging content and inspiring narratives as Nintendo Switch continues to bridge the gap between entertainment, lifestyle, and innovation.

For further updates and to stay connected with Emma and Hayley Watkins, join the conversation on social media and explore the endless possibilities of the Nintendo Switch experience.

Beyond the Octagon: ‘STYLEBENDER’ Documentary Explores the Complex Life of Israel Adesanya

Prepare for an enthralling journey into the life of MMA superstar Israel Adesanya as the trailer for the much-awaited documentary, “STYLEBENDER,” takes center stage. Directed by the accomplished Zoë McIntosh, renowned for her works like “Dark Tourist” and “The World in Your Window,” this documentary promises an intimate perspective on Adesanya’s life. Set to hit cinemas on September 28, 2023, “STYLEBENDER” boasts of an international premiere that graced the esteemed Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film’s captivating narrative was captured over five years, offering unprecedented access into the world of UFC World Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and his dedicated team.

“STYLEBENDER” isn’t just a documentation of Adesanya’s fights within the octagon; it’s a profound exploration of his journey, his essence, and the complexities that shape him. The documentary delves beyond the veneer of a fighter to reveal the intimate aspects of Israel Adesanya’s life. Born in Nigeria and rooted in New Zealand, Adesanya’s trajectory is far more than a conquest in the ring. This cinematic narrative traverses the realms of masculinity, the aftermath of bullying, the intricate maze of mental health, and the transformative power of dance. “STYLEBENDER” delves deep, providing a poignant and multi-dimensional portrait of this electrifying figure who is nothing short of enigmatic. Aptly nicknamed ‘The Last Stylebender,’ Israel Adesanya’s journey is a testament to his resilience, the scars he carries, and the triumphs that define him.

This cinematic odyssey is a FluroBlack production, a collaborative effort that brings together filmmakers of note. The skilled hands of Fraser Brown (known for “McLaren” and “Dawn Raid”), Leela Menon (acclaimed for “Dawn Raid” and “Mothers of the Revolution”), and Tom Blackwell (noteworthy for “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a #@%!”), are at the helm of “STYLEBENDER.” The film’s realization has been made possible through the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Grant. The film’s completion was further aided by funding from the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Recovery Fund.

The captivating tale of Israel Adesanya, as unveiled in “STYLEBENDER,” is set to captivate audiences in New Zealand and Australia. Ahi, the distributor of this compelling documentary, ensures that the journey of Adesanya will resonate deeply with audiences, serving as an inspiring testament to the power of determination, the complexity of the human experience, and the capacity for transformation.

As the cinematic stage is set to welcome “STYLEBENDER” into its fold, the anticipation mounts. The life, the struggles, and the triumphs of Israel Adesanya, a fighter whose journey transcends the ring, will illuminate screens, minds, and hearts. This documentary is more than a depiction; it’s an exploration, a revelation, and an invitation to witness the layers of a man who embodies the spirit of a champion both within and beyond the octagon.

From Screening Room to Script: Ronnie S. Riskalla’s Evolution as a Force In The Movie Industry

In the dynamic world of filmmaking, where creativity meets technology, few stories are as inspiring as that of Ronnie S. Riskalla. An acclaimed Screenwriter and Director, Riskalla’s journey began with a humble Betacam camera and blossomed into a career that has left an indelible mark on the global cinematic landscape. From his early years of producing films as a young child to his pivotal role in Hollywood’s entertainment juggernaut, Riskalla’s trajectory is a testament to passion, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence.

Riskalla’s passion for storytelling ignited during his formative years. Armed with only a Betacam camera, he embarked on a creative journey that would shape his destiny. Despite his young age, Riskalla showcased an innate talent for producing films, laying the foundation for what would become a remarkable career. His early experiences ignited a spark that would guide him through cinema’s challenging yet rewarding world.

Riskalla’s commitment to his craft led him to pursue formal education in film and drama. High School provided a platform for him to hone his skills, performing in talent shows, police youth clubs, and various school theatre productions. Following this, he attended a private film college, laying the groundwork for his artistic development.

The turning point came when Riskalla enrolled at The Australian Film, Television & Radio School. Here, he found his true calling behind the camera. The school nurtured his passion and equipped him with the technical and artistic prowess required to excel in the industry. Riskalla’s hunger for knowledge led him to further studies at UCLA, where he had the privilege of learning from Hollywood’s finest professionals.

Riskalla’s journey encompassed roles that spanned both the creative and technical aspects of cinema. His career as a Projectionist & Technical Manager in the cinema industry granted him unparalleled insights into the world of film exhibition. From the days of 35mm projectors to the digital projection age, Riskalla stood at the forefront of cinema’s evolution, running regular screenings and orchestrating special events that brought joy to Australian audiences.

Riskalla’s stint with Deluxe Entertainment, an American company deeply rooted in Hollywood history, was a testament to his seamless transition from the projection booth to behind the camera. His role involved overseeing the quality control and digital delivery of numerous Hollywood films across the Asia-Pacific region. This experience further refined his understanding of the cinematic craft and solidified his connection with the heart of the industry.

Riskalla’s creative spirit found a profound outlet with the experimental feature film “The Day Hollywood Died.” Premiering at the ECU Film Festival in Paris, the film showcased his artistic vision and marked his entry into the world of filmmaking in a different capacity.

In 2009, Riskalla founded Rising Pictures, a Film Production & Distribution company that sought to amplify innovative narratives. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to secure distribution rights for the ANZ and Pacific Islands for the feature film “Mooz-Lum,” starring Danny Glover and Nia Long. A tireless writer and director, Riskalla has diligently crafted seven feature film scripts, each a testament to his creative depth.

Riskalla’s latest venture, SkyCross Entertainment, reflects his unwavering commitment to storytelling. The upcoming release of his second feature film, “Streets of Colour,” underscores his dedication to addressing significant social issues through the lens of cinema.

FilmCentral magazine recently caught up with Riskalla to discuss his journey in the film industry, and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started in the industry?

I’ve loved the moving image since the age of 4; my parents would tell me stories of how I was attached to the TV and even learned how to record my favourite TV shows and movies like Superman and Star Wars in the early 80s.

Throughout my childhood, I watched everything, recorded everything, and used my dad’s Betamax video camera through my childhood making short films and stop animation.

In high school, I was the guy who carried a video camera everywhere I went. I filmed everything. I wasn’t an athlete. I was a film geek.

I went on to study film and video in high school, short courses at my local PCYC and then went to a private film school when I was 17. I was young.

At 17, I also started a job as an usher at Hoyts Cinemas Mt Druitt whilst juggling film school. I was mesmerised by film, and when I laid my eyes on the bio-box (projection booth) in the cinema – I had a vision – I had to be a projectionist.

I kept asking the complex manager, and they said I was too young. I had to be 18. At the time, a manager allowed me to go up and learn projection on an unpaid volunteer basis. Three hundred hours later, I could do everything as a casual projectionist. I immediately got a job and became the first 17-year-old projectionist.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Not having enough resources due to funding or other factors. For example, not being able to really realise my vision because we couldn’t get a specific location, couldn’t afford the right cars, or being able to have the VFX needed, etc. Trying to match the vision in my head to what’s on the screen is always challenging, but you try your best with what you have to get as close as possible to your vision.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to viewers what they want?

I think its a balance of trying to be original and having a unique voice; with a story such as this, I was careful to try and be authentic with the story because it’s loosely based on my experiences but also uses creative license to enhance ideas and make them original and stand-out. I think a writer/director must use his imagination to the fullest and try and use different angles. I believe I did this by creating an urban street film and mixing it with a subtle magical element using spirituality which gives it a touch of fantasy. 

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?

Make more films, create more, write more, spend more of your spare time learning the craft, and keep practicing and using those story-telling muscles.

What is your directing Kryptonite?

I don’t know if I have any, so to speak, but what I do believe is that I have the power of compelling storytelling, being able to move people through storytelling. I find that I walk away from films these days feeling nothing; it’s contrived, not compelling, not interesting, and they don’t evoke emotion. If I was to pick one thing – it’s evoking emotion using all the tools at my fingertips. I also have this innate intuition fuelled by knowledge. For example, I have been watching the Oscars since I was a child and consistently trying to seek out and watch the nominated films and then the ones that win.

Over the years, I made it a ritual to try and watch as many of the nominated films in the best film categories as possible, specifically in the acting categories. Every year I have a strike rate of 90 percent picking the winners because I take the time to watch the films and look at why they were chosen for that category. This year I almost got 95 percent, so I pride myself on constantly learning and studying films that help me understand what makes them great.

Tell us about why and how you came up with the story for your latest film, Streets of Colour.

I’ve always been a storyteller, making short films with my dad’s old clunky Betamax camera, so filmmaking is my passion, and telling stories is what I love to do. That’s the first thing.

Coming up with this story wasn’t hard. I was always planning to make a film about growing up in Western Sydney because I always thought it was underrepresented, and we faced many social issues growing up.  I was bullied as a kid and teen for being dark-skinned and not looking like an Anglo-Saxon, so this was a traumatic experience, but as we all do, we grow up, and I put that behind me.

But the catalyst was that it happened later in my life as an adult when I was abused with vulgar racial slurs, which brought up the past trauma to the surface again. 

I knew then that I had to write that into a story, and remembering what a great director once said, when you make a film as a writer, make a film about something you know and something authentic – so I did.

What do you hope the film will achieve?

I’m hoping it will do a few things, the film covers a few themes, and maybe I was being a little too ambitious with that.

Firstly, I want to spark a conversation on all types of racism, especially systemic racism, which can be used as a guise to stop people from different ethnicities from getting the opportunities they should. Secondly, I want people from different cultures to be able to embrace their beautiful culture and not run away from it like Tez in the film. 

Thirdly, I want people to think more about this physical world and day-to-day life and learn more about what’s beyond this world. 

I believe in a higher power, and no matter your beliefs or religion,  be proud of your belief and faith. 

I’ve had many magical things happen in my family that science can’t explain, so it set me on a path of learning and being open to knowing that God exists. 

I want people to experience it through the film and make them think about why we are all here.

Lastly, the film is about growing up in a low-socioeconomic suburb that the media has loved to destroy its reputation over the years. I want the people reading this to realise that the areas we grew up in as much have their fair share of trouble – they also have a vibrant culture full of some of the friendliest communities you will ever meet. The people are kind, humble, and some of the hardest working in the Blacktown council area. 

I’ve witnessed more kindness and humanity in Western Sydney than in any other area of Sydney. The generosity of people from “the area” is abundant, making the place great. 

People need to stop demonising the area for a small minority that makes it bad. I hope the film shows all facets; the good, the bad, and the ugly – an authentic portrayal. 

There are so many success stories that come out of the area. We have some of the most prominent artists coming out of Western Sydney, so I am here to say that no matter your adversities, you can conquer them. It doesn’t matter what your postcode is; you need to push harder.

What were some of the challenges and joys of making the film?

The challenges are always the long hours, and on top of that, having some health issues and a partial physical disability. Not being able to sleep much means your body and mind don’t repair, and in essence, the film suffers a little when you do that, as you’re not operating at your fullest.

Apart from that, it’s challenging for a director to have ten conversations simultaneously. It’s overwhelming having all these people ask what you want for makeup, camera, lighting, etc., and being able to give adequate time and respect to every person.

The joys of the film are the people you get to work with, being blessed to make a film based on your experiences, and sharing that with the world.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Learn your craft every single day. You must do one thing every single day that propels you forward. If you have a passion, there will be no excuses for getting this done, even if it’s five minutes towards bettering your craft.

What advice would you give to a newbie director who wants to make it in the industry?

Have passion, be enthusiastic, and don’t ever do it for the money because the money will come, and you will eventually have value.

If you’re telling a story, make sure that you at least evoke emotions – that means to make people laugh, cry, feel happy, scared, or anxious. You need to be able to make people walk away from a film feeling something. It doesn’t matter what it is – even getting your audience thoroughly entertained and excited is the key.

Your film doesn’t have to have a message, but it must make you feel something.

What are your future plans?

Currently touring with the film Australia-wide and attached to direct a movie next year, which hasn’t been greenlighted yet.

I’m also developing a true-crime TV series and two thriller/drama feature films as well as looking at a comedy feature film in the early development stage.

From Sundance Triumph to National Debut: SHAYDA’s Powerful Storyline Is About to Make Waves Across Australia!

Mark your calendars for a significant cinematic event on September 28, 2023. The highly anticipated Australian drama, SHAYDA, is set to make its nationwide debut. Madman Entertainment has just unveiled the trailer for this compelling film, which marks the directorial debut of Iranian-Australian writer and director, Noora Niasari.

SHAYDA, a film that has already garnered attention, is gearing up for its Australian release on September 28th, following its triumphant World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. At Sundance, the movie received the prestigious World Cinema Audience Award. Additionally, Australian audiences can look forward to its domestic premiere on August 3rd, as the film takes center stage at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

In the heart of SHAYDA’s narrative, a young Iranian mother and her six-year-old daughter seek solace within an Australian women’s shelter during the fortnight of Iranian New Year, known as Nowrooz—a period symbolizing renewal and rejuvenation. United by the resilient community of women within the refuge, they embark on a journey towards liberation in their newfound realm of opportunities. However, their path is soon obstructed by the very violence they fought to leave behind.

SHAYDA stands as an impressive inaugural directorial effort from Noora Niasari, who hails from Tehran and grew up in Australia. A writer-director and a co-founder of Parandeh Pictures, Noora’s portfolio includes short films and documentaries showcased at esteemed film festivals worldwide.

Bringing SHAYDA to life is a collaborative effort, produced by Vincent Sheehan and Niasari, with executive production by Cate Blanchett. The cast boasts the presence of Cannes Best Actress awardee Zar Amir Ebrahimi (known for ‘Holy Spider’), along with Osamah Sami, Leah Purcell, Jillian Nguyen, Mojean Aria, and Selina Zahednia.

A production by Origma 45 in conjunction with Dirty Films and Parandeh Pictures, SHAYDA received substantial backing from Screen Australia in partnership with The 51 Fund. Additional financial support was provided by VicScreen and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Premiere Fund.

Unveil the Chilling Trailer and Poster for “A Haunting in Venice” by 20th Century Studios, Now Accessible!

Prepare to be immersed in an unsettling supernatural realm as 20th Century Studios presents the spine-tingling trailer and poster for “A Haunting in Venice,” an enigmatic and hair-raising thriller helmed by none other than Oscar® winner Kenneth Branagh. This cinematic masterpiece draws inspiration from Agatha Christie’s novel “Hallowe’en Party” and promises an unforgettable journey into the unknown. The film’s chilling narrative and remarkable cast are poised to captivate audiences when it exclusively graces Australian cinemas on September 14, 2023.

In “A Haunting in Venice,” the haunting allure of post-World War II Venice sets the stage for a truly hair-raising experience. As the moon casts an eerie glow on All Hallows’ Eve, the enigmatic Hercule Poirot, portrayed by Branagh himself, is thrust back into action. Having retired and sought refuge in the glamorous embrace of Venice, Poirot reluctantly finds himself drawn into a world shrouded in mystery and treachery. A seemingly innocent séance at a dilapidated, ghost-infested palazzo transforms into a sinister tableau, with shadows concealing malevolent secrets.

Branagh leads an exceptional ensemble cast that infuses life into a spectrum of unforgettable characters. Alongside him, stars like Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh breathe authenticity into a narrative that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The film marks a reunion of the brilliant minds responsible for “Murder on the Orient Express” (2017) and “Death on the Nile” (2022). Guided by the visionary eye of Kenneth Branagh, the movie unravels with a screenplay penned by Oscar® nominee Michael Green, based on Agatha Christie’s literary creation. As the layers of intrigue and suspense unfurl, the cinematic journey is meticulously curated to deliver an unparalleled cinematic experience.

The creative force behind “A Haunting in Venice” is a testament to the dedication of luminaries in the industry. Producers Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund, Ridley Scott, and Simon Kinberg unite to bring this haunting tale to life, while executive producers Louise Killin, James Prichard, and Mark Gordon lend their expertise to ensure a cinematic triumph that will linger in your thoughts long after the credits roll.

Prepare to be spellbound as “A Haunting in Venice” takes you on a chilling odyssey through the shadows and secrets of a bygone era. The heart-stopping suspense, the impeccable acting, and the allure of Venice itself converge to create a cinematic experience that promises to be an unforgettable highlight of 2023.

Peter Maple: The Masterful Storyteller Shaping the Entertainment Landscape

In the captivating realm of entertainment, one name stands out as a true virtuoso of the craft – Peter Maple. With an illustrious career spanning multiple facets of the industry, including writing, acting, producing, and directing, Maple has earned his place as an Award-Winning talent leaving an indelible mark on Film, TV, Radio, Stage, and the vast expanse of the digital landscape.

From his early days honing his skills at Theatre Nepean, Peter Maple displayed an unyielding commitment to his craft. Graduating with a Bachelor of Performance, he laid the foundation for a remarkable journey as an artist. Undeterred by challenges and fueled by an insatiable appetite for growth, he went on to pursue a Masters of Writing at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), further solidifying his position as a master wordsmith.

Versatility is Peter Maple’s forte. His dedication to storytelling transcends traditional boundaries, earning him the titles of actor, writer, producer, and director. This diversity of talents makes him a sought-after collaborator, and his bravery in approaching projects with unwavering professionalism sets him apart as a stalwart of the industry.

At the core of Maple’s artistic ethos lies an unshakable belief in the profound power of storytelling. To him, storytelling is more than a means of entertainment; it is a catalyst for change. Whether through the silver screen, the airwaves, or the live stage, Maple’s narratives wield the power to connect hearts, provoke emotions, enlighten minds, and inspire transformation.

For Peter Maple, the art of storytelling goes beyond mere amusement; it is a force for empowerment. He understands its potential to uplift souls, make individuals feel seen and heard, and create a sense of togetherness in a fragmented world. With each project, Maple strives to use his creative platform to entertain and assist others in navigating their own emotional journeys.

Beyond his creative endeavors, Peter Maple stands as a devoted family man, cherishing his roles as a father and husband. This sense of love and connection spills over into his work, making him a visionary leader who harnesses the collective energy of his teams to craft stories that resonate deeply with audiences.

As his career flourishes and his influence grows, Peter Maple remains steadfast in his pursuit of innovation and excellence. His love for movies, theater, and stories continues to fuel his artistic fire, inspiring him to keep pushing the boundaries of storytelling to new heights.

In a world where stories have the power to change lives, Peter Maple stands as a beacon of creativity, compassion, and artistry. His remarkable journey serves as a testament to the transformative force of storytelling and cements his status as a true luminary shaping the entertainment landscape. With each new project, he continues to captivate hearts, stir emotions, and leave an enduring legacy that will inspire generations to come.

FilmCentral Magazine recently had the privilege of sitting down with Peter to delve into his illustrious journey in the industry, and here’s what unfolded during our conversation.

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I am a father, a husband, an actor, a writer, a producer, a director, and a lover of movies and theatre and stories – I am a storyteller. I believe in the power of storytelling. The power to connect, affect, illuminate, educate, share, change. The power to Assist – to not feel alone, to be seen and heard, and the power to evoke feelings. The power to simply Entertain.

How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

Stories/movies were always my outlet, my escape as a child. My teacher even… A lot of my childhood was spent ill and alone. Movies, in particular, were my companion.

Fascinated with and by movies, I instinctively sought as much knowledge about them as possible, reading up on writers, actors, and directors – and educating myself by watching and absorbing as many films as possible (this was via the good, old, long-gone video store).

From there, I was always creating and scribbling down my own stories – not with any conscious thought to do anything with them but to further live in imagined worlds rather than my own reality.

I was an introverted person at heart, so I never thought I could be an actor (which all my heroes were), as I mistakenly believed an actor was someone who had to be extroverted and confident. In my teens, I started making my own short films. I eventually sought out an acting class so, as I told myself and my acting teacher, “I could better understand and write characters”. I think, in reality, I knew I wanted to act, and this was a way to dip my toes into the experience safely. I found myself immediately challenged by the art of acting, and I wanted to know and do more. This led to community theatre, a Bachelor of Performance Degree, performing on stage and screen, completing a Masters of Writing at NIDA – and to now, working as a writer and actor (and sometimes producer and director) on my own and others’ productions.

What do you like most about acting?

It changes over time. Initially, I loved the opportunity and access – and portal! – it provided to being someone else, and with that, the freedom, the excitement, the challenge, the fear, the exploration within that. That is still the case.

I also value the space it provides to connect and share with audiences – and the conversations and debates that can arise from us engaging in storytelling together.

These days, I embrace being able to work and collaborate with some truly interesting and talented minds and genuine, authentic human beings—people who think and care, listen, and try.

Tell us about your role in the new film, Streets of Colour. What was your character like and how did you bring it to life.

I portray Gazza Madden, older brother to Kyle Madden, one of Tez’s best friends, the film’s central character.

On the surface, Gazza is a bit of an animal – all impulse, anger, and no regard for others and their lives. From the outside, he’s seen as a white Anglo-Saxon Australian racist – which he is. And he does some pretty despicable, unforgivable things –one particular violent act is at the core of the story’s turning point, which changes the lives of everyone involved and the lives of the various communities that satellite these now fractured individuals.

It was my challenge to portray these very ugly elements of the character while at the same time trying to find the human hidden down amongst all that hate and rage. To find what was the root of the person. And I looked at his relationships within the script, which are all damaged. And so, apart from the obvious anger, I saw pain. Because that’s what’s at the root of his anger, this is someone in an immense amount of pain. But what is the origin of that pain and hate? Well, ultimately, it’s a self-hatred. And he carries that with him everywhere he goes. I saw a person who was struggling with such constant inner turmoil. He was never at ease, never happy. So, he ‘had to’ inflict pain and anger upon others… That’s the only language he understood. With all that pain and anger inside, to me, he was a character that was either going to implode or explode; consequently, I found him to be a person who was doing both simultaneously – imploding and exploding.

What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career? (See if you can add a comment also about Ronnie)

I’ve learned more from bad directors than from good directors!

I have learned what I don’t want or need and what I see a production not wanting or needing. The good ones intrinsically know what is required of them. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they’ve trained and worked hard to hone their craft). There are directors who just know how to talk to actors (and all other departments), who understand that it’s the building of a conducive creative environment that’s key.

Ronnie has been one of those directors. He has displayed quiet confidence in his story, himself, and the people around him. And that permeates, rebounds, and bounces around – and suddenly, everyone feels quietly confident together. Then we all appropriately collaborate, working towards the one goal of telling the same story.

What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

Everything. And I say that as a joke, while at the same time, it is very true because we’re talking about the ‘business’ of acting right now, not the process or the job of acting itself.

“What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?”. Everything. From finding work, finding confidence, and finding collaborators. Availabilities of roles. Money. Resources. Opportunities…

But we do it because we love it. Hopefully, otherwise, I don’t see any other reason to do it.
The ’job’ of acting itself is play. The ‘business’ of acting is work.

What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

Apart from the fundamentals of coming to understand your character, their role within the story, and how best to portray that, a great challenge of bringing a script to life can be Interpretation. Properly being aware of what the story actually is – not what you think it is or wants it to be – and then most fittingly applying yourself and your character to that, whether it be what genre, what style, or for what ‘market’ even. “What story is actually being told here…”

What do you do when you’re not filming?

I’m raising my kids; family is important to me. I’m working as a writer – on my own projects and on the projects of others. I’m producing my own projects.

I’m trying to watch as many good films with my kids as possible!

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

There are many. They all add up to make up an entire experience; one experience builds upon the other and informs the other to get you to where and how you feel today. But, seeing as we’re in the present, I’ll draw a circle right now around the world premiere of Streets of Colour. One for the fact that it was an exciting, heightened night, full of glitz, glamour, attention and flashing lights! Which all played out the historic, iconic, and quite stunningly-designed Hayden Cremorne Orpheum. Two, and most importantly, was the fact that it was the culmination of a long, many-year journey for the film and everyone involved – and it was an acknowledgment of that and a celebration of that. And it was with such a fine collection of creatives – cast and crew – who worked together like a family. Who worked hard together. And got brought back together to finally share with audiences a meaningful and powerful story about identity and the importance of community.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

The most interesting people I meet to me, are always the ones who are honest and true (to themselves), and are open and caring, and capable of learning/listening/change.

If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Cate Blanchett – she seems to be able to do anything.

-What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

Continue learning – as an artist, as a person.

I’m looking forward to what stories I may get to be involved in creating and telling – and the stories I may get to experience as an audience.

In the immediate, I’m excited for the world premiere of the documentary, Disconnect Me. I’m proud to be a producer on this innovative interactive investigation into our growing obsession with our smartphones and social media, led by filmmaker Alex Lykos. We’ll be releasing it later in 2023, and it asks us all the question, “Can you live without your phone?”.

I’m very much looking forward to what’s in store for the future of Streets of Colour.

Powerful Voices: Women Film Composers and Industry Leaders Gather for ‘Future is Diverse

The entertainment industry has witnessed a significant shift in recent years, with an increasing emphasis on diversity and inclusivity. One such remarkable event that embraced this change was the ‘Future is Diverse’ panel discussion, organized as a collaboration between the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Women in Film and Television NSW (WIFT NSW), and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). The event occurred at the esteemed Church Street Studios and saw a full house of attendees eager to participate in a meaningful and empowering discussion.

Bringing together influential voices from various fields of the film industry, the panel aimed to shed light on the challenges and triumphs women face in their respective professions and how they are shaping the future of entertainment. Caitlin Yeo expertly moderated the discussion, and the panel featured an impressive lineup of influential women, each excelling in their unique roles and fields. Among them were Julie Kalceff, Kylie Aoibheann, Ana Tiwary, Allyson Newman, Angela Little, and Yantra de Vilder.

The ‘Future is Diverse’ panel provided a platform for the panelists to share their experiences, challenges, and successes in their beloved industry. From breaking stereotypes to overcoming gender bias, the panelists spoke candidly about their journeys and the importance of empowering the next generation of women filmmakers and creators.

Marvel’s Powerhouse Trio Unite in New Trailer for “The Marvels” – A Must-See Cosmic Adventure!

In the highly anticipated Marvel Studios’ feature film “The Marvels,” Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Captain Monica Rambeau are ready to soar higher, further, and faster together. The exhilarating new trailer, released ahead of its Australian cinema debut on November 9, promises an action-packed cosmic adventure that will thrill fans worldwide.

The trailer begins by showcasing Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, in her full superhero glory. Having reclaimed her identity from the oppressive Kree and settled old scores with the Supreme Intelligence, Carol finds herself grappling with unintended consequences that threaten the stability of the entire universe. As she navigates her newfound responsibilities, Carol’s journey leads her to encounter an anomalous wormhole connected to a Kree revolutionary.

This is where the plot takes an unexpected turn, intertwining Carol’s powers with those of a remarkable duo. Enter Kamala Khan, the vivacious Ms. Marvel, a die-hard super-fan from Jersey City. Kamala’s admiration for Captain Marvel has now manifested into a real-life meeting with her idol as their destinies become entangled.

But the surprises don’t end there. The trailer introduces another essential player in this cosmic ensemble – Captain Monica Rambeau, a S.A.B.E.R. astronaut, and Carol’s estranged niece. As Monica steps into the spotlight, it becomes clear that she possesses her own formidable abilities, making her a force to be reckoned with in this epic superhero saga.

With a formidable team formed by Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Captain Monica Rambeau, the universe is in for an adventure like never before. Their unique powers and personalities collide, pushing them to learn to work in harmony, relying on each other’s strengths to overcome formidable challenges. As the trailer aptly declares, they are united as “The Marvels” – a trio that stands strong and fights for the greater good of the cosmos.

The star-studded cast of “The Marvels” includes Brie Larson reprising her role as Captain Marvel, Teyonah Parris as Captain Monica Rambeau, and the talented Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel. Joining the ensemble are Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Park Seo-Jun, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, and the iconic Samuel L. Jackson.

Under the skilled direction of Nia DaCosta, the film promises to deliver an immersive cinematic experience, thrilling fans with jaw-dropping action sequences and heartwarming character interactions. The project is produced by the visionary Kevin Feige, who has been instrumental in shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the global phenomenon it is today.

Behind the scenes, a team of accomplished executive producers, including Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Mary Livanos, Jonathan Schwartz, and Matthew Jenkins, work in tandem to ensure the film’s success. The screenplay is a result of the collective efforts of Megan McDonnell, Nia DaCosta, Elissa Karasik, and Zeb Wells, bringing their creative talents together to craft a compelling narrative that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

As the excitement continues to build for “The Marvels,” fans eagerly anticipate its arrival in Australian cinemas on November 9. The film promises to be a celebration of female empowerment, camaraderie, and superhero prowess, inviting viewers to join Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Captain Monica Rambeau on an unforgettable journey to save the universe. With their combined strength, courage, and determination, “The Marvels” will be a captivating addition to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, inspiring and entertaining audiences.

The Verdict On Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny: Is It Worth Your Time Or Money??

Plot: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the fifth and final installment in the Indiana Jones film series and the sequel to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). Set in 1969, the film follows Indiana Jones and his estranged goddaughter Helena Shaw trying to locate a device that could change the course of history before Jürgen Voller, a Nazi-turned-NASA scientist, can take it for himself and change the outcome of World War II.

Cast: The film stars Harrison Ford, John Rhys-Davies, and Karen Allen reprising their roles as Indiana Jones, Sallah, and Marion Ravenwood, respectively, from earlier films. New cast members include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Review

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” masterfully takes audiences on an exciting and nostalgic adventure, reviving the beloved franchise with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Indiana Jones. The film successfully weaves thrilling escapades, humorous banter, and familiar tropes that fans have cherished for decades, delivering an exhilarating cinematic experience.

The movie’s captivating storyline transports viewers to the tumultuous events of World War II in 1944, where Indiana Jones and Basil Shaw embark on a mission to retrieve the revered Lance of Longinus. The unexpected twist introduces the fascinating Antikythera mechanism, known as the Dial of Destiny, that can detect fissures in time. This element adds a layer of intrigue and excitement to the already gripping plot.

Harrison Ford’s portrayal of an aging Indiana Jones is a tour de force, capturing the character’s gruff exterior and underlying vulnerability with remarkable nuance. His magnetic presence on-screen reminds us why Indiana Jones has become a cultural icon, evoking a warm sense of nostalgia for long-time fans and captivating new audiences alike.

The film also embraces an introspective theme of personal growth and legacy as it leaps to 1969, revealing an older Indiana Jones grappling with the passing of time and profound personal loss. Ford’s performance imbues the character with depth and authenticity, allowing viewers to empathize with Jones’ journey of self-discovery and rediscovery.

The movie’s action sequences, a hallmark of the Indiana Jones franchise, are nothing short of spectacular. The heart-pounding moments on a Nazi train filled with pilfered antiquities and the daring escape before its destruction showcase the film’s ability to deliver high-stakes adventure while keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.

Furthermore, the return of beloved characters like Marion and Sallah brings a sense of familiarity and warmth to the film, celebrating the franchise’s rich history and deepening the emotional connections between characters.

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” seamlessly blends nostalgic elements with fresh and captivating storytelling, making it a thrilling addition to the legendary franchise. The film captures the essence of what made the original films so special while also presenting an exciting new chapter in Indiana Jones’ adventures.

The movie’s impressive visual effects enhance the overall experience, transporting viewers to different eras and exotic locales, further immersing them in the awe-inspiring world of Indiana Jones.

In conclusion, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” triumphs as a positive testament to the enduring appeal of the franchise. It successfully captures the magic of the original films while introducing a compelling new narrative and character dynamics. With Harrison Ford’s remarkable performance, engaging action sequences, and heartwarming connections to beloved characters, the film proves to be a resounding success and a worthy continuation of the iconic Indiana Jones saga.

Rating 3/5 Stars