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The World According To Garth

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I don’t recall meeting Garth Reason, but he’s a young filmmaker with a passion for independent filmmaking. He claims we met back when I worked for the Film and Television Institute in Fremantle. He says we had a story meeting about his short film “Dream Sequence With Flashbacks”.  Apparently I told him the script “could […]

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Van Man

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It’s my ‘blog and I’ll tangent if I want to, even–as in this case–that tangent is the introduction to the piece. Back in 1979 British comedians Jimmy Mulville and Rory McGrath wrote a radio comedy called Glompus Van Der Hloed’s Tales From The Crypt. It starred people like Mel Smith and Andrew Sachs. And the only […]

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Missing Links

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The Jeng Kane Linkages Program scours the Internet 18/7 (I have to sleep occasionally) digging up interesting, informational and/or pointless items for your perusal. Here are some of the links that might have whizzed by your busy self during the week. NEW SCREENWRITING BOOK Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are best known for the […]

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Methodical Nigel

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My brother Nigel has always been methodical. And rather private, so he isn’t actually called Nigel. When we were little kids we shared a bedroom. Whenever our room was in a mess, it was in fact my mess. His stuff was always packed away in drawers or stowed in the toy box. My idea of […]

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Wanted: An Aussie Icon

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Back In The Day – an expression we never used back in the day – horses were famous in this country. I speak particularly about pacers, those equines involved in the harness racing gig although when I use the term “gig” I refer not to a light, two-wheeled sprung cart pulled by a horse, but rather […]

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Wedding of the Century

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Are you a little tired of the blanket coverage of the forthcoming wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William? Yes? BFF! I hear tell there’s some kind of political unrest occurring in Libya and Syria, but apparently repeating the story of Kate’s see-through dress is of greater news worthiness.

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Making A Standee

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So, my AccessReel colleagues and I did a review  of the movie THOR at Swancon (the annual Western Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention) on Saturday the 23rd of April at 7.30pm.  At the Hyatt in Perth. Plaza 3. On Friday, Darran, AccessReel editor,  said to me, “Hey Phil can we use your van to move […]

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Liar Liar

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I follow the excellent Tony Martin on The Twitter. Today he posted a link to a video that he did for the GristMill folk. You may not know them by their business name, but you are likely to have encountered the work of Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope (THE LIBRARIANS and VERY SMALL BUSINESS). I […]

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Dramatic Pictures

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Most of the news coverage from the Christchurch Earthquake in New Zealand has been excellent. The stories are tragic and many of the images are harrowing. They raise in us, the audience, strong emotions. We want to help the people who are going through the aftermath of a terrible event. The ability to identify with […]

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Monetize Now!

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The Internet, like much of the aboveground bits of this swiftly tilting planet*, is chock-full of folk wishing to sell me their wares. Please note, the latter part of the previous sentence used to be, “chock-full of clueless dim bulbs trying to flog me their dodgy crap.” But it’s FebFast see and I’m trying to […]