The Carnation Kid. Australian Idol. These are two of the pillars of the creative life that Mark Holden has lead. His book, My Idol Years, starts at a critical point in 2007 when he was about to be fired from Australian Idol, which would springboard him over to a career as a barrister. He welcomes me to set up a chat cave in his home, and we ramble.
As the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, Jason Silva left audiences in state of wonderment. Audiences have enjoyed his mind-bending insights through TED talks, SXSW lectures, Microsoft TechEd Australia presentations, a guest feature on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk, and an appearance on Australia’s Q&A in 2012. Like all the best communicators, Silva’s strength is a tangible excitement for his subject matter. In his signature rapid-fire delivery style, he pulls from a vast mental repository of tech knowledge and quotes from fellow futurists and artists to create an exhilarating, immediate experience. In November, let Think Inc. and Jason Silva pull you out of your intellectual comfort zone and launch you into a flight of possibilities.
The year is 2005. The location is Prahran in Melbourne. Day 1 of film school. Day 1 of Damien Csehi. He's a writer, a musician, a filmmaker, and a full time joke thinker-uperer. From Mooroolbark to Los Angeles and all the way to Ireland, a pun fuelled ramble takes us on his crazy adventure. Come this way, as he sifts through his creative constipation.
Sisters, the new Channel 10 series from the creators of Offspring, begins October 25th 2017. During her busy shooting schedule, one of the leading ladies, Maria Angelico, made the time to come and have a good old ramble, and chat about her experience leading the line, creating her own show, Movement, as well as working with Chris Lilley, and on the stage.
The Kettering Incident. The Bill. Water Rats. Blue Heelers. Storytelling runs through the veins of Vicki Madden. As a writer, Showrunner, and producer, she is doing some amazing things for the screen industry in Australia.
QiGong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training. If you could feel in your power, present & grounded at will, what difference would it make? Long time listners will know what an impact QiGong has had in my life, so I've turned to my teacher for this week's podcast, as he lifts the lid on the practice. For more information, visit https://www.embodyingman.com/.
Having worked with bands such as Gotye, Aloe Blacc, Greenday and more, Darcy Prendergast is an internationally recognised music video director. He is the founder of Melbourne based production company, Oh Yeah Wow, who have made some ground breaking music videos, as well as moving into narrative work, and TV commercials. He's the creator of the Nickelodeon mini series, 'Supa Phresh', and the director of the whimsical 'Gary & Gabe'. To check out their work, including pieces we chat about in this episode, head to ohyeahwow.com.
Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an American developmental biologist best known for discovering that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person's beliefs and environment. He is the author of the bestselling book, The Biology of Belief, and is a former researcher at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. For more info, visit www.brucelipton.com
As long time listeners will know, I’ve been working with Samuel & Connie Johnson on the filmmaking side of their Love Your Sister charity for over 6 years. And with Connie’s passing this past week, I wanted to share an episode that I think is one of the most intimate, as Sam & I speak on the year we spent together on the road for Love Your Sister, as well as a whole lot of philosophical nonsense. This one is dedicated to the mother of Love Your Sister. She showed me how to jam it all into life, and I’ll forever be grateful for that, and for letting me point a camera in her face for 6 years.
That's Not Me opens in Palace Cinemas this Thursday, September 7th, across Australia. The writers-directors-actors-producers-distributors of the film drop into the chat cave, to talk about their pathways to their first feature, writing the thing in Paris, and an unfortunate, shitty, gastro story. For more info on the film and sessions, visit www.thatsnotmefilm.com.
The Inheritance. Jet Trash. Tom Hardy. Charles Henri Belleville made his debut feature film, The Inheritance, featuring one Tom Hardy, for 5 thousand pounds, in 11 days. It would take him a further 10 years to get his next feature film, Jet Trash, out into the world. He's now completing his third film, and in preproduction on his fourth. How did he get here?
Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Forklift Ohio, Paper Darts,Thrush, and Bat City Review. Anis is the author of three poetry collections, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Songs From Under the River, The Feather Room, Over the Anvil We Stretch. His latest book, The Pocketknife Bible, is a fully illustrated poetry-memoir. You can find all his works and tour info at thepianofarm.com. Poems featured in this episode: 1. Closer; 2. Shake The Dust; 3. For those who can still ride an aeroplane for the first time.
Kim Dotcom: Caught In The Web is the expertly crafted documentary from veteran filmmaker, Annie Goldson. It tells the story of Kim Dotcom, the founder of MegaUpload, and presents the case (compellingly) for both sides of the argument. You can find information about upcoming screenings & talks at miff.com.au.
GG Allin. Bjork. Tommy Seebach. These musicians all have one thing in common -- they've been put under the microscope by documentary filmmaker, Sami Saif. Sami is out in Melbourne as a part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. He stopped by the chat cave to speak on his film The Allins, as well as his career, and what makes him silly. You can find info about upcoming sessions at miff.com.au
Porto. Double Play. Working with Jim Jarmusch. Richarld Linklater & James Benning. Discovering films as a means of escaping a lonley life in Barcelona, indie film force Gabe Klinger finds himself at the Melbourne international Film Festival with his second feature, Porto. How did he get here? What does he really think about pirating films? And what makes him silly?
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and, Real Love, her latest release by Flatiron Books. Acclaimed for her humorous, down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour. For more information, visit www.SharonSalzberg.com.
The Death & Life of Otto Bloom is the debut feature film from Writer/Driector Cris Jones. After attending the VCA, Cris began collaborating with academy award winning Producer, Melanie Combs, the two having created quite a formidable creative partnership. The Death & Life of Otto Bloom is set to be released for consumer content on August the 9th, you can purchase the film on DVD, as well as on all your digital platforms, including Foxtel On Demand, Google Play, Bigpond Movies, and iTunes.
Snarky Puppy's frontman, Michael League comes back to the chat cave to talk about his new project, Bokante. Bokanté – meaning ‘exchange’ in Creole – is eight outstanding musicians from four continents. Their debut album, Strange Circles, goes from a Zeppelin-esque blues stomp to folkloric Caribbean kaladja. Lyrically, it reflects struggles we all face, and what Bokanté wants to see in the world – connection, unity and love through exchange. And now, they’re taking that sound around the world. You can purchase their album at www.bokante.com
Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson is the rabbi of Beit Baruch and executive director of Chabad in Belgravia, London. Mendel was an editor at the Judaism Website—Chabad.org and is also the author of the popular books Seeds of Wisdom and A Time to Heal. You can find Rabbi Mendel’s writings at chabad.org, and his books are available at jemstore.com.
Theme song composed, performed and produced by nicholas marks, featuring Yotam Ben-Or (Harmonica) and Almog Sharvit (double bass)
Summer Heights High. Angry Boys. Open Slather. Laura Waters is the woman behind one of Australia’s foremost production companies, Princess Pictures. She’s the woman behind the man that is Chris Lilly, having produced all of his shows, and establishing herself as one of the preeminent figures in Australian film and television. One of her latest projects, My Year 12 Life, which we talk about in this interview, is available to watch on YouTube, and you can get the Chris Lilley collection on iTunes, which includes Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, and We Can Be Heroes.
Crooked Business. Don't Tell. At the age of 19, Scott Corfield set himself the task of producing his first feature by the time he hit 30. While in post production on his debut feature film, Crooked Business, Scott hit the 3-0, and fulfilled that. Now, having just turned 40, he’s completed his second feature, Don’t Tell, a court room drama starring Jack Thompson, Rachel Griffiths, and Gyton Grantley. Having had it’s initial cinema release earlier this year, Don’t Tell is now doing a festival circuit. To find out when it’s playing at a festival near you, check out the facebook page at facebook.com/donttellmovie.
Sandra Sciberras is the writer/director behind the great Australian films Caterpillar Wish and Surviving Georgia. Only months after graduating from the VCA, she received her first New Writer’s grant from The Australian Film Commission for a feature film which led to her debut feature, Deeper Than Blue, which premiered at the 50th Sydney International Film Festival. With several features in the pipeline both at home and abroad, Sandra also now lectures at the VCA, and 16th Street Actors Studio, and has taken on a mentoring role to aspiring filmmakers in both Malta & East Timor.
Upper Middle Bogan. Little Lunch. The Librarians. Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope are two of the most prolific creators in the film industry. From Stories From The Golf, The Librarians, Very Small Business, through to Upper Middle Bogan, and Little Lunch, the couple have created some truly iconic Australian television.
Dance Academy. Ready For This. Secret City. Joanna Werner is one of the most successful children’s television producers of the last 20 years. Her credits include Dance Academy, Elephant Princess, & H20 Just Add Water. The Dance Academy feature film will be available to download on iTunes on July 5th 2017.
Rove. Sam Simmons' Problems. International Student. Fancy Boy. Declan Fay has been working as a writer in the Aussie comedy scene for 15 years. Getting his first big gig on Rove, he has built a remarkable body of work, including Sam Simmons' show, Problems, Your Skitting Me, Dirty Laundry Live, and Fancy Boy. His latest show, Ronny Chieng: International Student, hits TV screens on ABC in Australia on June the 7th. You can also hear his dulcet tones on the podcast The Sweetest Plum, available at https://thesweetestplum.com.au.
Hugh Jackman. Frances O'Connor. Jai Courtney. All of these extraordinary actors share one thing in common - they learned their craft under Chris Edmund. Chris has directed over 150 productions, and has a 30+ year association with one of Australia’s most prominent performing arts schools, WAAPA. He himself is a writer, director, and painter. You can see his work at chrisedmund.net, and be a part of one of his classes at Melbourne’s 16th Street Actors studio.
Fast Forward. Full Frontal. Open Slather. Marg Downey is as iconic as they come in the comedy space of Aussie TV. She started her career as part of the D-generation, and went on to write & act in pivotal parts on Fast Forward, & Full Frontal in her early years, and onto things like Blue Heelers, House Husbands, Open Slather, and, most recently Top of The Lake. She is a part of the Melbourne theatre troop, The Kin Collective, who’s current show, Shrine, by Tim Winton, is playing from May 24th through to June 18, at FortyFive Downstairs in Melbourne. Tickets can be purchased from fortyfivedownstairs.com.
Killing Heidi. RockWiz. The Verses. At the age of just 13, Ella Hooper was ripping up the Aussie rock scene, as the front woman of legendary band, Killing Heidi. At it’s release, their debut record, Reflector, was the fastest selling album of all time. Since the band hit pause in 2006, Ella has gone on to have a hugely successful career on TV & radio, in shows like Spicks & Specks, & RockWiz. Today, 20 years after Killing Heidi began, she steps into the chat cave, to talk about the band reuniting for a national tour. The band are coming to a venue near you, you can see them in WA on June 2nd at the Store Theatre, with shows on the 3rd of June at The Gov in South Australia, The Metro Theatre in Sydney on the 8th, a sold out show in Melbourne on the 9th at 170 Russell, and rounding it out on the 10th of June in Brisbane at the Tivoli. You can get more info and tickets at ticketmaster.com.au. Songs featured in this episode include Ella’s solo tune, Shard off the New Magic album, and Killing Heidi’s smash hits Weir, & Living Without It.
Killing Heidi are one of the biggest musical acts to grace Australian shores. Today, to chat about 20 years of Killing Heidi, and their upcoming reunion tour, founding member, Jesse Hooper, jumps into the ramble room. The tour kicks off on June 2nd at the Store Theatre in WA, with shows on the 3rd of June at The Gov in South Australia, The Metro Theatre in Sydney on the 8th, a sold out show in Melbourne on the 9th at 170 Russell, and rounding it out on the 10th of June in Brisbane at the Tivoli. You can get more info and tickets at ticketmaster.com.au. Songs featured in this episode include Mascara, I Am, and Kettle.
16th Street Actors Studio is one of Australia's foremost acting schools. Kim Krejus new from age 19 that she wanted to teach actors. Following on from an incredibly success and sustained career, which included studying in Australia, the USA, and UK, as well as performing on stage & screen, she retired from acting in pursuit of teaching. In 2009, she opened 16th Street Actor’s Studio. You can find out more information on the school at www.16thstreet.com.au.
Sarah Blasko. Ella Hooper. Jack Ladder. Hiatus Kaiyote. The Middle East... When these musicians want new visuals, they all go to one person. WILK is one of Australia’s foremost, but mysterious, portrait photographers. He’s developed his own style, and works with some of the worlds best known musicians and artists. You can find his work on social media, @w_i_l_k on instagram, and at www.wilk.com.au.
Kath & Kim. Fast Forward. Bed of Roses. What does it take to produce an iconic Australian TV Series? Mark Ruse knows, having produced a few, including the aformentioned Fast Forward, Full Frontal, Kath & Kim, and, more recently, Bed of Roses & Secret River. He started his career as a production manager making documentary films, and is now an award winning producer. His production company, Ruby Entertainment, has a massive slate of projects on the boil, including an upcoming Fresh Blood production called Leftovers, which you’ll be able to see on ABC iView later in 2017.
The Sapphires. The Warriors. Neighbours. Tony Briggs has been a consistent face on Australian television screens since the late 80s. With story telling coursing through his veins, he was always destined to create his own work. His new show, The Warriors, premiers on April 12th, and you can see it all on the ABC.
Frisky. Winning Formula. Claudia Pickering is an actor, a director, a producer, a writer, and an architect. She has forged a tremendous career for herself, with two debut feature films, the aformentioned Winning Formula, and Frisky, coming out into the world in 2017. For more information about Frisky, head to their facebook or instagram page, where you’ll find it under Frisky Movie, or head to friskymovie.com - where you can find links to watch it if you’re in the USA - and keep tabs on when it will be available in the rest of the world.
The Four Agreements - Always be impeccible with your word, don’t take anything personally, never make assumptions, and always do your best - is a gift from Don Miguel Ruiz Snr, and underpins all of Don Miguel Ruiz Jr’s own teachings. Not to mentioned the fact that they have gotten me through some pivotal moments of my own personal growth. His book, The Five Levels of Attachment, takes it all to the next level. And this week, he blows my mind, and soothes my soul, as he joins me in the chat cave for a ramble of epic proportions. You can find everything relating to Don Miguel Ruiz Jr, including his book we talk about, The Five Stages of Attachment, at miguelruizjr.com.
The inaugural AFLW season has it's Grand Final this Saturday, 25th of March, between Brisbane and Adelaide. The chat cave was lucky enough to welcome one of the stars of Collingwood Football Club, Lou Wotton. Lou had actually retired from playing aussie rules football to pursue a career as a triathlon athlete. But the temptations of playing football at a professional level, a concept she thought she’d never see in her lifetime, lured her back.
The Legend of Ben Hall. Twin Rivers. Crooked. Matthew Holmes started his career as a stop motion animator, working at blockbuster video. Through a self funding model, he created his first feature film, Twin Rivers, a TV series called Crooked, a plethora of short films, and has now just finished his epic Australian western, The Legend of Ben Hall. More information at http://www.thelegendofbenhall.com.
Bokanté is the new band from Grammy Award winning musician, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), fronted by Malika Tirolien. Growing up in the Caribbean, Malika made the move to Montreal at the age of 18 in pursuit of a career as a singer. While supporting Snarky Puppy, she met Michael League. Flash forward a few years, and Bokante is born. Bokanté – meaning ‘exchange’ in Creole – is eight outstanding musicians from four continents. Their debut album, Strange Circles, goes from a Zeppelin-esque blues stomp to folkloric Caribbean kaladja. Lyrically, it reflects struggles we all face, and what Bokanté wants to see in the world – connection, unity and love through exchange. And now, they’re taking that sound around the world. You can catch them in Australia at WOMADelaide on the 11th and 12th of March. Tickets available at womadelaide.com.au.
Samantha Goldie is one of the most iconic voices on Australia’s PBS FM. Under the name Miss Goldie, she hosts the soul-filled show, Boss Action, which can be heard on PBS every Saturday night from 7 - 8. She’s been collecting soul music for decades, spinning them for just as long, and this week, she graces the chat cave with her story. You can find Boss Action on facebook, and at pbsfm.org.au/bossaction.
Puberty Blues. The Beautiful Lie. Gallipoli. Glendyn Ivin started his career wanting to be a documentary filmmaker, and has become one of the most prolific working television & commercial directors in Australia. After winning the Palm D’Or in 2003 for his short film Crackerbag, he went on to direct commercials, the feature film Last Ride, and now directs television shows like Offspring, Puberty Blues, Gallipoli, and, coming to ABC soon, 7 Types of Ambiguity. You can check out his photo a day project, his blog, and his work, at www.hoaxville.com.
Doctor Blake. Offspring. Sports Bet. Lee Beckhurst is a name you may not be too familiar with, but you’d definitely know his face. Whether it’s from a network TV show, the Melbourne Theatre Scene, or the guy who can’t get his bets in quickly enough in the Sports Bet commercials, Lee’s face has started to crop up everywhere in recent years. Come hear the story of one of Australia's up and coming actors.
Triple J. The Culture Club, Hey! Nietzsche! Leave Them Kids Alone!, and Entertain Us!: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock in the Nineties. Craig Schuftan has had quite an epic journey through the world of radio, and music, and here discussing the cross sections of art & philosophy. This one is equal parts deep, and silly.
Starting your career opposite Meryl Streep in your childhood sets up a pretty amazing career. It's all part of the story for Nicolette Minster, from being a part of comedy duo, Girls Uninterrupted, to sketch comedy Kinne.
Fun Mom Dinner is the debut feature from this Tropfest winning actor-turned-filmmaker. She’s made short films with an amazing irreverence, won Tropfest with her film Lemonade Stand, directed commercials, a series for Amazon TV which she’s just been nominate for a Director’s Guild award for, and right now, her film, Fun Mom Dinner, is playing at the holy grail of independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival, the ramble room welcomes to the chat cave, Alethea Jones!
DDP Yoga, Sleeping At Last, Snarky Puppy, Eskimo Joe, MasterChef, Neighbours, LateNite Films (amongst many others) all had one thing in common in 2016 -- Coming Up Next with Alistair Marks. Come this way to find out what makes some of the world's top creatives, creators, and cultural heroes, silly.
Julie Benz, Rodger Corser, Jose James, Peter Combe, Georgia Flood, Molly Sasson, and a whole host of other cunning creatives share one thing in common - they were all part of the study of the silly on Coming Up Next in 2016! Join me as we review the first half of the year, and uncover what makes some of these people silly.
2015 was the year that CUN, and thus being silly in podcast form, was born. Before we round out 2016, let's jump back in time, and relive some of the best moments from the first 24 episodes. Molly Meldrum, Doug Jones, Liam McIntyre, Kat Stewart, Dylan Lewis, Tottie Goldsmith... The first 24 episodes of Coming Up Next all had one thing in common - what makes some of the top creatives in Australia (and the world) silly?
Innuendo the movie, the debut independant feature from Finnish filmmaker & actor, Saara Lamberg, has just been completed. Here, she shares her story, moving from Helsinki to Melbourne to follow her heart, and fulfill her artistic passion.
Lets Talk About. Lessons From The Grave. Tropfest. Growing up with parents in the public spotlight can be a double edged sword. Matilda Brown, daughter of Australia's prolific show business duo, Bryan Brown & Rachel Ward, has storytelling coursing through her veins. But forging her own identity has certainly been an inside job.