In this week’s blog, I wanted to mention that I’ve launched a new radio show on ABC Digital. We’ve actually done a few shows already but I wanted to get the format settled before I started promoting it.
Every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm (AEST), the ABC studios in Brisbane run two hours of programming across Australia on the ABC Digital channel. This can be accessed online (at www.612live.com) or by anyone with a digital radio.
You’d normally find sports aired on your local ABC station on a Sunday afternoon but the purpose of this new programming is to give listeners an alternative. The sport can now be heard on ABC Grandstand.
I’ve been lucky enough to secure a 30 minute segment every second Sunday at 1:30pm AEST (or 12:30pm Brisbane time).
As part of the show, I’ll be getting in a special guest critic to co-host. We’ll talk about some of the better films that have been released, play a few clips, chat to some filmmakers and debate what’s happening in the industry. I’ve also included a special spot where I’ll play one of my favourite film scores. The name of the film isn’t revealed until after it’s played so hopefully it’ll keep you guessing.
So many major film critics are based in Sydney or Melbourne so hopefully this will allow Brisbane critics to find their voice and get people enthused about going to the movies.
The show isn’t currently podcasted but I’m hoping to remedy that early next year. In the meantime, make sure you tune in on Sunday afternoons! You won’t regret it. This Sunday, I’ll be talking about Drive, Contagion and Midnight In Paris and also having a fun chat about movie trailers and how much they should give away.
Whilst there are no official podcasts as yet, I was lucky enough to get Spencer Howson to upload by 1 hour Toronto Film Festival spot onto the 612ABC Breakfast Blog. We couldn’t include the music segments (due to copyright) but you can listen to it by clicking here.
It’s a long show so here’s an index if you want to jump to a particular bit. The show came together quite well and I hope you enjoy it. It’s a great way of summing up the amazing 8 days that I spent in Toronto.
00:00 – Introduction
06:30 – Talking with director Fernando Meirelles (City Of God) about his new film 360.
08:30 – Review of The Artist
10:00 – Review of The Descendants and talking with director Alexander Payne (Sideways) and George Clooney
13:30 – Review of Albert Nobbs
16:00 – Review of 50/50 and talking with writer Will Reiser, director Jonathan Levine and star Seth Rogen
21:00 – Review of Take This Waltz
23:00 – A funny Q&A story at Violet & Waltz with Saoirse Ronan
24:00 – Talking about the Australian films screening at Toronto
25:30 – Review of Eye Of The Story and talking with director Fred Schepisi and star Charlotte Rampling
28:30 – Review of The Hunter
32:00 – Talking about the many programs that make up the Festival each year
33:00 – Talking with programmer Kate Lawrie Van De Ven about how she picks films to screen at the Festival
34:30 – Review of The Student and talking with director Santiago Mitre
37:30 – Talking about the importance of the People’s Choice Award
40:00 – Talking with Geoffrey Rush about last year’s TIFF success story, The King’s Speech
42:00 – Talking about this year’s People’s Choice Award winner, Where Do We Go Now?
44:00 – Talking about what else I got up to in the USA
A quick reminder in case you haven’t seen it already, but you can check out all my video blogs from Toronto by clicking here.
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