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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:04

Josh Thomas: Douchebag

Headed north for next month’s Brisbane Comedy Festival, Josh Thomas is currently questioning whether he’s a douchebag.

Your show is titled ‘Douchebag’. What makes someone an exceptional douchebag?
I use the word ‘douchebag’ to describe someone who does mean, obnoxious things on purpose. Like Kyle Sandilands or Bob Katter or Hitler.

Do you think anyone can be a douchebag?
Everyone is a bit of a douchebag, right? I think I'm ok, but then sometimes I can't help but tell my boyfriend his shoes look shit and he gets sad and I think maybe I'm a douche. They were fucking horrible shoes though.
The Brisbane Comedy Festival; do you enjoy travelling north to visit us?

I grew up in Brisbane, it's my home. I'll stay with my mum which is nice but she has cats, and cats stink plus I'm allergic to them. I adore Brisbane, but also have that thing a lot of people that grew up in Brisbane have where they think it's a bit lame.

What is it with bow ties and comedians? Both Wil Anderson and yourself are sporting them in your current promo images.
I'm very sure I was wearing bow ties before him. I might have to fight him.

Josh Thomas and cute animals; it’s like babies and politicians - how much effort goes into styling your promo photos?
My last tour was a big promo shoot — seven hunting dogs. Mostly because I had no ideas for the actual show so I was hoping that would distract people. This year it's just me and my dog and some afternoon tea, lovely. I'm much more confident this year.

Not to mock you or your dog John, but what the f#$k is a cavoodle?
Fifty percent poodle. Fifty percent cavalier King Charles spaniel. One hundred percent gangsta [sic].

Can you imagine a world today without social media? How would the current generation react?
Meh, we'd be fine. Everyone overhypes our reliance on it. If it disappeared within a few weeks we'd find something new to do.

You have 200k Twitter followers; dude, that’s insane... no?
I'm surprisingly popular. I don't know why.

Josh Thomas plays the Brisbane Comedy Festival March 14-17.

Published in Comedy
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:01

Stephen K Amos: The Spokesman

UK funny-man, Stephen K Amos is once again bringing his suave, comedic presence down-under for a long-awaited national tour in which he’ll be shedding light on some of the more personal moments from his life.

“It’s about me talking about myself really,” Stephen declares about his new show, ‘The Spokesman’. “I’m the best person to do it… [like] if a major Hollywood star gets in trouble then it’s always someone else talking about it, like a ‘close friend’ or ‘a source close to them’ and we never know if it’s true or not. So, I say I am the spokesman and I’ll be talking on behalf of myself.”

The courteous Englishman was hilariously adamant about who he would choose as his spokesperson if he wasn’t able to choose himself.

“I think either Oprah or Will Smith because Oprah can clearly do no wrong, and Will Smith because people say we look alike. People often shout at me on the street calling ‘Will’ and it gets really annoying,” he jokes.
The people of Brisbane won’t have to wait long to see the Will Smith look-a-like in person, and Stephen reciprocates the same love we share for him.

“I do love Australia! I’ve been coming here for the last eight or nine years and this is my big tour this year so I’m going everywhere.”
Touring nationally would definitely take its toll, but Stephen is definitely excited about some places more so than others.

“I’m going to Canberra of all places and I’m looking forward to that because I hear that’s where I can get fireworks, prostitutes and porn,” he laughs. “Don’t get my fireworks and my porn mixed up though because it could get dangerous.”
Clearly as hilarious off-stage as he is on, there are no parts of his own life that he won’t cover while down under.

“I think everything is open season and everything has a funny, valid point to be made. I’ve touched on personal issues in the past like tragedies, but I’m not willing to talk about the relationship and bringing a partner in on the comedy… Not now that I’m single anyways,” he admits.

A regular on television, including ‘The Stephen K Amos Show’, you’d think he’d follow in the footsteps of other great comedians and make the move to the big screen full-time.

“Nothing beats live comedy,” he says. “You’re in the moment and things happen that are out of my control. I quite like talking to the audience and getting them involved so every show is slightly different. TV is good for publicity, but just try and make sure you’re doing the right kind of jobs.”

Recently Stephen took part in The Comic Relief Bake-off back back home in England, and confessed he was definitely out of his comfort-zone.

“It was very daunting. There’s a very popular show in England at the moment called ‘Great British Bake-off’… One of the ideas this year was doing a version of this show, but using comics. As you can imagine, hilarious results. Lots of soggy bottoms being called out and someone’s cake even caught fire.”

Next on Stephen’s agenda is real estate. In Australia. If he can find ‘the one’.

“I’d probably end up buying a place here because I do come here quite a lot. The time of year I come over here is when it’s summer, and at the moment in England it’s cold and depressing and dark at four in the afternoon, so it’s really nice to follow the sun around. I do a lot of work in London and America so I couldn’t move over here full time unless, of course, I find ‘the one’ at one of these shows.”

Stephen K Amos plays the Brisbane Comedy Festival February 26 until March 10.

Published in Comedy
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:58

Mel Buttle: How Embarrassment

Mel Buttle has spent most of her life “being embarrassed or apologising for doing embarrassing stuff”. But it hasn’t always been this way.

“I only realised how embarrassing I was when the cool girls at primary school pointed it out to me,”  remembers the comedian, who's now so prone to embarrassment that she's called her new show 'How Embarrassment'. “I suppose I didn't really care before then. I thought it was cool to ride around on my bike with my pet chicken in the basket. Now I realise that was quite weird.

“I think it was when school started, when girls with names like Natalie and Kelly would come up and say, 'oh my god, Mel Buttle, what are you doing? That is so embarrassing!' My dad would make my lunch and wrap it up in wet newspaper to keep it cool, but everyone else had nice lunch boxes with Barbie on them. That's when I started to realise I was perhaps a little bit different.”

Buttle's dad is a constant target of her comedy, but – unlike his daughter – he's not embarrassed by the attention. If anything, he revels in it.

“See, this is his problem,” Buttle laughs. “I'll tell stories on stage about him that are clearly only funny because he's an idiot, and he just laps it up. He loves the attention. Last year at my Brisbane Comedy Festival show, he got the little flyers and posters and stood out front of the door of the show and signed them for people. He was there going, 'I'm Barry! That's me, I'm the one from the show!'

“God! It's so embarrassing! He sees himself as the star. I'm like, 'dad, I'm making fun of you, I'm mocking you'. But he doesn't care.”

You might think success – her column in The Courier Mail, her segment on Triple J, her hit podcast with Patience Hodgson – would make life easier for Buttle. You'd be wrong.

“No. No, no, no, no. First of all, let me be clear: There is no success. I still have my pyjamas on right now. But no... I'm exactly the same. That's why I can't understand when people see me and they're like, 'oh, I heard you on Triple J'... I don't know why they want to talk to me. I'm like, 'guys, didn't Natalie and Kelly tell you I'm uncool?'”

Mel Buttle appears at Brisbane Comedy Festival from March 5-9.
Published in Comedy
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:50

Steve Hughes: Big Issues

Australians should still mourn the day Steve Hughes left their country for good.

He's the man with all the answers, delivered in a calm, steady tone. Should Her Majesty get along to see one of his shows she may even consider knighting him for it. That is, should he decide to put down that beer and get a haircut. In other words, no.

"The latest show 'Big Issues' involves what I usually talk about, in the sense of ideas of the current free world. England is becoming less and less free under the guise of certain ideologies like political correctness. It's very funny."
Something that strikes you about Steve is his ability to remain firmly connected to the ground — a decade spent living in Europe still hasn't washed the Australian out of his bones. But while it's often his bluntness that makes the jokes land so well, it's also what allows him to analyse our current situation so succinctly.

"Hate speech is really just bullshit. Hate speech used to be called 'free speech'. Speaking out against anything which is then deemed by the system to be partially offensive or inciting some sort of violence or hatred now has to be neutered.
“Whereas the entire idea of democracy is the idea of 'Well I may not agree with what you say but I'll defend your right to say it'. You can't make offending someone into a law, it's just unquantifiable."
Honestly, the whole conversation was like watching an episode of 'Alf'. I laughed, I cried, but most importantly, I learned.

"Australia has always been completely conservative. I mean, conservatives are always arguing that we should give the cops more things and when the cops kill someone they probably have a reason for it. But there never seems to be anyone in Australia or the media that says 'Why is it there's 30 cops with drug dogs at a train station at 8am on a Tuesday? This is not fucking normal!’

“See, people shouldn't be asking whether marijuana does that much damage to be criminalised. People should be asking who has got the fundamental right to make something that comes out of the earth illegal. I mean who said you can't have any of this? It came out of the earth!"

Steve Hughes performs at the Brisbane Comedy Festival March 5-10.
Published in Comedy
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:42

Paul Brasch: A To Z Of Superheroes

Returning with his fifth one-man show, local Paul Brasch is set to make his second appearance at the Brisbane Comedy Festival.

This time he’s going to school us on the A to Z of superheroes. In 60 minutes, Paul will give you the rundown of 26 superheroes; from Astro Boy to Xena and everything between — some you may not be aware are actually superheroes.
“I’ve grown up with comic book heroes and Superman [type] heroes all my life and I still read comic books; I guess I'm a kid that never grew up. [I wanted to] go through the A-Z of my favourite superheroes, one after the other — some of them are not what you’d expect. Like Astro Boy, I didn’t just want to do guys in tights for the whole show.

“It’s something I've always wanted to do and I was fascinated that no one ever done it, I thought anyone would have come across with that idea but I looked back and no one’s done that, so I thought ‘Great, I'll do it’.”
But ask Paul for his favourite comic hero, and the answer is emphatic: Batman.

“It seems to be a big thing these days that everyone is into Batman. But I liked Batman when no one else liked him. I always liked Batman because he was always slightly off, like at any minute he could possibly kill someone even though superheroes don’t do that ... He's got all the toys and he’s got the utility belt and he's got the costume, and he's scary and he comes after you in a dark alley.”

With a career spanning 17 years, Paul says that Brisbane is in for a real treat at this year’s Festival.

“I love the fact that Brisbane has a comedy festival, I think it’s long overdue. [The Powerhouse] guys have had it going for five years and I think they're doing a fantastic job. [The comedians are] all working to do the best possible shows, and I think it’s great to see that kind of passion — different to the club circuit up here. [Plus] it's a curator’s festival, so you’re invited to perform in it; you have to have some kind of pedigree in comedy. It's not a free-for-all like Melbourne is.”

Paul Brasch performs at the Brisbane Comedy Festival March 12-17.
Published in Comedy
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:32

The Beards: Hair, There And Everywhere

Facial hair aficionados rejoice! The bearded bad boys of comedy folk rock, The Beards, are back with a new album and live show that promises to be a hair-raising good time.

Since gaining a cult following after their 2005 debut, The Beards have become well-respected members of the beard and moustache community, even being invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the World Beard & Moustache Championships in Alaska last year. Nathaniel Beard stepped back from the mirror to answer the following questions.

What was it about the beard that inspired you to write beard-themed music?

We used to be a different band that didn't play songs about beards, and the whole time something just felt wrong. During our time in that band we all grew beards, and things started improving for us — life suddenly seemed to make sense. I guess a beard completes a man, and it's that feeling of completion and satisfaction that inspires us.

How does beard-related humour translate to overseas audiences?

We'll be finding out this year. To many people, myself included, having a beard is no joke. I don't mind if they laugh at the songs or even like the music – so long as they have beards, or are at least open to the idea of having a beard.  

So far you’ve released three albums. How much further can The Beards go with beard humour?

I would say a lot further. We haven't even begun to truly articulate just how much we enjoy beards. We've been writing a bunch of new songs about beards lately. We really do have an extensive amount of things to say about beards. The hardest part is that I think we will eventually run out of words that rhyme with beard... that might eventually become a problem.

Are you surprised at the success you have had?

Definitely. We started this band because we liked beards, and we just felt the need to put that out there. Turns out a lot of people like beards. There are so many people out there who could easily grow a beard but just never do. I hope our music can help them make the decision to give a beard a go.

What is the best beard you have ever seen?

Jack Passion's beard. He's a professional beard grower – pretty big on the international beard scene. His beard is lush, flowing and red. It captivates me, Some people say he doesn't control his beard. Some say his beard controls him. I have no idea if that's true though.

What do The Beards hope to achieve as a band?

Ideally, we would like to one day live in a world where all people have beards, and we we will not rest until that ideal has been achieved.

If The Beards had not become such a cult hit, what would you all be doing instead?

Just... having a beard I guess. Which is all any man truly needs.

Your favourite style of beard?

I'm a fan of the full natural – the Ned Kelly. It's the purest form of beard.

How do you hope to make the world a ‘more beard-friendly place’?

Every day, in almost every nation on earth, bearded men are being discriminated against. I once worked in a bottle shop. My boss asked me to shave off my beard, so I quit. Nobody has any right to tell a bearded man to shave. I for one won't take it any more. I'm making a stand and I encourage all bearded men to do the same. Don't shave for weddings either. Bearded men are constantly getting asked to remove their facial hair for a wedding. I'm not shaving for a wedding. I don't think I'd even shave to save my own life.

Where is the most beard-friendly place you have been?

It's got to be Anchorage. I think it's normally a pretty beard-friendly place, but during the World Beard & Moustache Championships, bearded people had right of way. But the attitude towards beards everywhere seems to be improving. More and more people are embracing their natural urge to grow a great beard. I'm looking forward to the day when bearded men are no longer the minority. Then we'll show them.

The Beards perform at The Parkwood Tavern Saturday February 23.
Published in Rock
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:21

Norah Jones: A Dangerous Method

When researching for my interview with Norah Jones, I almost missed a fairly crucial detail. I was so convinced that her equally famous father, sitar legend Ravi Shankar, had died in early 2012 [Ed note: Ravi passed away from a short illness Dec. 11, 2012], that I’d prepared three or four questions in case she was in a candid frame of mind and felt like talking about how that had affected her. (Yes, journalists are the worst.)

We mentioned him only briefly, as he and daughter (Jones' half-sister) Anoushka had both been nominated for separate Grammy awards for best world music album the week before. Jones, whose relationship with her father really only began when she was an adult, was on tour in Argentina when we spoke and said she hadn't heard the good news, shrugging it off: “I'm kind of in no-man's land at the moment!”

The day after the nominations were announced, Shankar had undergone heart-valve surgery at a hospital in California, and was suffering respiratory difficulties by the time of our interview a couple of days later. If that news had reached her and there was worry in the back of her mind, she didn't show it; she spoke cheerfully about Argentina (“It's hot — Texas hot!”), her strong working relationship with Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton, and how journalists are the worst. Shankar died the next day.

The loss is obviously a sad one for both Jones and the music world as a whole, but the Texas-raised, New York-based singer seems to be getting better at working through pain in her music. Her last two albums, 2009's ‘The Fall’ and last year's ‘Little Broken Hearts’, both dealt with the fallout from difficult breakups, and as a pair seem to represent the beginning of a second age of Norah Jones.

The first age began in 2002, when she debuted on iconic jazz label Blue Note Records with the enticingly subdued ‘Come Away With Me’. It went on to sell ten million copies, and she followed it with two more albums in a similar vein. During those years she collaborated with OutKast, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, and a litany of other stars who couldn't get enough of her smoky voice, eventually heading in a more indie-rock direction with ‘The Fall’, writing with Adams and Will Sheff (Okkervil River).

For ‘Little Broken Hearts’, she limited her collaborators to just one — producer Brian Burton, who she'd befriended while working on the Danger Mouse/ Daniele Luppi album ‘Rome’.

“He has an amazing ear for melody, and he's a great songwriter,” Jones says. “I was looking for somebody to work with, and I was trying to do something different and interesting. And I didn't have any songs after my last album, and I wasn't writing a lot, and he wanted to go in and write together [starting from scratch], which I had never really tried.”

As the album took shape, becoming focused on a story of betrayal and breaking up that took some inspiration from Jones' last relationship, she and Burton exchanged influences and ideas “He likes twangy guitars, and I like twangy guitars, but we like them in very different ways... I like country music, but he likes Morricone twangy guitars!”

The album that emerged was a different beast again from ‘The Fall’, with Burton's signature sparkling-analogue pop production nuzzling up against Jones' torch-singer tones and newfound adventurousness in her subject matter.
“I don't think anybody was trying to push anybody in a weird direction so much as we were both really open,” she says. “And I was in his [studio] space, so of course I was looking for stuff that he did that I don't do in my own space. And that was really nice just to get somebody else's take on things.”

The cover of ‘...Hearts’ is based on the poster for Russ Meyer's ‘Mudhoney’ — one of several Meyer posters hanging in Burton's studio. It's tempting to assume that the album's dark tone might have been influenced in part by the choice of this aesthetic, but Jones seems to have been feeling a little stabby after the latest breakup. 'Miriam' is a simple, lovely lullaby that slowly reveals itself as a murder fantasy.

“I'd worked through most of it, it's just…” Jones thinks for a moment. “Y'know, we all go through this stuff. It's nothing new. So it makes for good material sometimes. And it's fun to write with Brian — he writes pretty dark stuff too, so it kinda added to the darkness.”

It's hard to phrase a question about’ The Departure’ or ‘The New Sound’, to compare the Danger Mouse album to the one that was in every cafe, car and cocktail lounge a decade ago, without sounding a bit patronising.

“Tell me about it!” laughs Jones, not without an edge. “But it doesn't matter. People sensationalise things too. Is it that different? Yeah, it's a little different. But is it crazy different? Well, no, it's not a black metal record. Is it a nice change? Yeah, great! Ok! You either like it or you don't, and you either like me or you don't. I don't know. I've stopped analysing it.”

The sweet-voiced Jones is, in fact, what a fellow Texan might call a straight shooter. When I ask if she ever reads her press, she turns the question back on me bluntly: “No, I think it's destructive. Are you going to tell me about it now? Are you one of those people?”

It's not easy to clamber out from under the shadow of an ubiquitous smash-hit record, and Jones has managed it, for the most part. ‘Come Away With Me’ is an unassuming record that happens to make for lovely background noise, and it was abused as such. There's a sense among some critics and audiences that no matter how many times she works with Mike Patton, Q-Tip, Charlie Hunter or Dolly Parton, Jones will still be that nice singer your mum likes. That perception is likely to dog her for her whole career, and she's had a decade to work this out and decide how to handle it.

“I'm smart enough to know that what really matters is that I love what I do,” she says firmly. “And I connect with my audience — they come to the shows, and I feel great.”

Norah Jones might exist in your mind as soft-spoken and starry-eyed — and maybe she used to be — but she's an industry veteran now, smart and downright steely.

“You just have to be confident in what you're doing, and not let stupid things distract you and tear you down,” she says simply. “And I've always made music from the heart, and I've always done what I do because I enjoy it. And I've never done it for a quick buck, or to get on top of something silly. I've always done that, and I always will.”

Norah Jones plays Brisbane Convention Centre Tuesday February 19. ‘Little Broken Hearts’ is out now.
Published in Pop/ Electro
Thursday, 07 February 2013 14:49

Time Capsule - Part 5

Scene Magazine celebrates 20 years on the streets in 2013. Each week this year, in this column, we're looking back at what we, and you, were doing.

scene-mag060By late '94 we'd confirmed our electronica bent; and both reader and advertiser demands were growing.

Needing to catch the wave, we reluctantly said goodbye to the seductive gloss that had made dance and fashion artwork pop, and said hello to the disposable grime of newsprint!

Our first foray wasn't tabloid though — we elected for a square tabloid affair — and it was awful! The rationale was both economics and a desire to hold on to our smaller and more portable origins.

It lasted 15 tortured editions before we went the whole hog — and on the 4th January, 1995, The Scene hit the streets as fully-fledged, tabloid, newsprint, street press.

Advertisers included alternative dance club, Bleach, pioneered by Mark Gregory, who today runs Happy High Herbs (Fortitude Valley and Southport); and Outer Limits Productions whose edgy offerings will be covered in more depth in coming Capsules. For now, check black and white artwork for Strawberry Fields 2 and Oxygen at Grand Orbit!

Roger Wheelahan had joined us as our first real ad exec (see previous Capsule!) in our newly-occupied offices at 17A Skyring Terrace, Newstead, shared with Darren Clarke's Shawthing Entertainment and Suzanne Snape's The PR Company.

Most of the artists in 1995's Big Day Out Boiler Room spread # (#63) had already graced our front covers, including Southend, who months earlier had released a Top 10 ARIA hit with 'The Winner Is … (Sydney)'. See Tube below.

1995-boilerroom

bleachvibes

oxygen-and-strawberry-field

Published in Time Capsule
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:19

World Theatre Festival: Theatre In Preview

There is so much new, exciting, innovative and experimental theatre being created locally and around the world and the Brisbane Powerhouse want to bring it to you. The inaugural WTF program defies traditional theatre conventions with works that demand audience engagement. Check out productions from Ireland, the UK and Australia as well as intriguing installations and artist-run workshops. Zohar Spatz, a producer for WTF 2013, shares the must-see picks.

Q: Describe WTF in 5 words?
Come down and find out.

Q: What is it all about and how did it start?
WTF is about building audiences for performance in Brisbane by exposing artists and audiences to a broad range of experiences. The festival pushes new technologies, new forms, and participatory theatre.

Q: What is your role in WTF?
My role is as the producer of WTF which is a curated program with a team of Brisbane Powerhouse programmers behind it.

Q: Highlights of the festival include...?
Don’t miss Gob Squad’s 'Kitchen'! Four performers attempt to reconstruct Andy Warhol's films 'Kitchen', 'Sleep' and 'Screen Test'. During the show, members of the audience are recruited one by one to replace the performers while they receive text and stage directions via headphones. By the end of the show all four performers have been replaced.

Q: Which show is absolutely unmissable and why?
'Parah' is a Malaysian play written by Singaporean Alfian Sa'at, it reflects on current day Malaysia and circles around four friends still at high school. I think people will be surprised at how similar Malaysia and Australia are.

Q: What makes a great piece of theatre?
A great piece of theatre is provocative in form and content, it should aim to push beyond the ordinary realms of theatre performance – it should be a totally new experience, one that keeps you talking well after the curtain has gone down

Q: How important is theatre to our society?
Incredibly important. It’s a form of storytelling — it should be a reflection of our world, past, present and future. It should be a platform to share our stories and be heard.

Q: How different is theatre around the globe?
Are you personally able to tell where a show has been made/ what country it was created in? (beyond the obvious of surtitles!). Every person has their own aesthetic, theatre isn’t defined or categorised by which country it was made in but rather by the people who make it.

Q: Any funny/ weird/ crazy behind-the-scenes stories?

A rubber chicken, latex gloves and a unicycle… that’s all I am allowed to say.

Q: Anything else readers should know?
Come down to Brisbane Powerhouse. If you’re not a regular theatre-goer, you will be surprised at how much theatre can move past your preconceived ideas of what happens inside of our four walls.

World Theatre Festival 2013 is at the Brisbane Powerhouse until February 13.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:13

Todd Farmer: Write Angry

We've long been taught that patience is a virtue. Successful Hollywood screenwriter Todd Farmer —who'll run an intensive master class at this year's Gold Coast Film Festival — begs to differ.

“I was amazingly impatient," says Farmer (best known for scripting 'My Bloody Valentine 3D', 'Jason X' and 'Drive Angry'), when asked how he got into screenwriting. "I thought I wanted to write novels. Once I figured out the story, though, I just didn't have the patience to write four or five hundred pages. Then I saw a screenplay in a book store, it was a Quentin Tarantino screenplay, and it was a hundred pages long. I was like, 'hey, I can do that!' So it was just me being lazy, really."

Similarly, Farmer didn't have much time for creative writing instructor Robert McKee's notorious story seminar. "I found myself impatient with it," he says, "because he would tell me things and I was like, 'oh, yeah, I do that'. It wasn't like I was learning, it wasn't like he was teaching me how to do things, he was basically just saying that I was doing the right thing.

"There were things I learned while I was there that were good, but for the most part, I don't think there are any rules in Hollywood. I do think there are gatekeepers who will read a script, and if they don't see something that's a little bit familiar, structurally, they'll throw it away. They'll literally throw it in the can and you won't get a shot.

"So I think when you're trying to break into the business, you have to play by the rules. You have to do what is expected of you. It's the same thing with Picasso! Picasso started out painting fruit in bowls before he painted his masterpieces. You have to start out with the basics to get your foot in the door. Once you've done that, then you can do whatever you want."

It's that sort of pragmatism that Farmer hopes to spread to Australian writers. "Australian writers and directors always think outside the box," he says, "and that's a great thing! Their movies are often very artistic. The problem is they don't tend to be very commercial.

"The thing about Australia is that the population doesn't allow you to make a $20 million movie and get your money back in Australia. The population's just not big enough to do that. So if you're going to make movies of that size, they have to be commercially viable. You have to be able to sell to Japan! You have to be able to sell to the UK! You have to be able to sell to the States! And to do that, you have to have some commercial taste. That's a challenge, but it can also be fun."

Todd Farmer will show you how to get your scripts made at the Gold Coast Film Festival from April 22-23. For more info, head to goldcoastfilmfestival.iwannaticket.com.au. 
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