australian documentary

Gurrumul Director Paul Damien Williams and Film Producer Kenta McGrath Interview – The Last New Wave

Gurrumul Director Paul Damien Williams and Film Producer Kenta McGrath Interview – The Last New Wave

In this double interview episode, Andrew catches up with film producer and teacher Kenta McGrath about his work with young filmmakers for the Water Features project at the Perth International Arts Festival, as well as director Paul Damien Williams who directed the fantastic documentary Gurrumul. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders listeners are advised that the following episode contains voices...[Read More]

Big in Japan Review

Big in Japan Review

The allure of celebrity in the 21st Century will be one of the most enduring historical notes about the digital age. In the past, celebrity was attained thanks to a unique talent, an athletic skill, or a great achievement, but nowadays, thanks to the immediacy of the internet and the extensive social networks, celebrity is gained by some of the most ludicrous means. Everything from insane stunts t...[Read More]

The Peanut Butter Solution Director/Writer/Artist Michael Rubbo Interview – The Last New Wave

The Peanut Butter Solution Director/Writer/Artist Michael Rubbo Interview – The Last New Wave

On this episode of The Last New Wave, Andrew chats with director, writer, author and artist Michael Rubbo. Michael has released a new book – Travels With My Art – continuing his record of being ‘man of all talents’. This is a wonderful look at how one mans art changes over the years, and how it’s influenced by his life and his other endeavours. You may know Michael...[Read More]

Men of Wood & Foam Producer Phil Jarratt Interview – The Last New Wave

Men of Wood & Foam Producer Phil Jarratt Interview – The Last New Wave

On this episode of The Last New Wave, Andrew gets a bit of a surfing history lesson with producer Phil Jarratt as he runs down the stories in his documentary Men of Wood & Foam. This is an exciting, interesting documentary that looks at the ‘Brookvale Six’ – some of the pioneers of surfing in Australia. Make sure to pick up a copy of the DVD from Umbrella Entertainment. Becom...[Read More]

Not Quite Hollywood Blu-Ray Review

Not Quite Hollywood Blu-Ray Review

Mark Hartley’s essential Not Quite Hollywood came at a point in Australian cinema history when it seemed like the faith in the Australian film industry was waning. In the early 2000’s, the quality of Australian cinema was waning – that’s not to say that there weren’t quality Australian films, it’s just that the excitement for Australian cinema felt lacking. In 2008, Not Quite Hollywood exploded on...[Read More]

Not Quite Hollywood Director Mark Hartley Interview – The Last New Wave

Not Quite Hollywood Director Mark Hartley Interview – The Last New Wave

Umbrella Entertainment have once again come out with an essential Bluray release of a great Australian film. This time, it’s Mark Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood. Andrew caught up with Mark to discuss his documentary and find out about the research that went in to making an exhaustive film about a great period of Australian cinema. Make sure to pick up the Bluray from Umbrella right here...[Read More]

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Review

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Review

I’m not sure where to begin with this, so will just dump my thoughts on paper and go from there. In fact, I really wish I’d taken pen and paper to the cinema for this. Not that I’d anticipated reviewing it in this way, but it did so much more, and gave me so much more than I was anticipating, so now I feel compelled to do this… ain’t cinema grand the way it does that to you… Not always, but ...[Read More]

Casting JonBenet – 2017 – Kitty Green – The Last New Wave

Casting JonBenet – 2017 – Kitty Green – The Last New Wave

Casting JonBenet was recently nominated for the Best Documentary prize at the 7th Annual AACTA Awards. As a slight retrospective, we’re adding our review of this interesting documentary to the feed for The Last New Wave. Directed by Kitty Green, this documentary hit Netflix earlier this year and takes a fascinating look at the actors who are enlisted to portray the lives of the family member...[Read More]

Six Months to Salvation Director Lorenzo Benitez Interview – The Last New Wave

Six Months to Salvation Director Lorenzo Benitez Interview – The Last New Wave

On this episode, Andrew interviews director Lorenzo Benitez about his film Six Months to Salvation. Focusing on Lorenzo and six other volunteer English teachers from Australia, Six Months to Salvation looks at the effects of teaching English in a country where it is not the main language. It asks – what does that do to ones culture? Lorenzo has made his film available on Vimeo to watch for f...[Read More]

Something Quite Peculiar Interview with Director and Producer Team Mike and Patti Brook – The Last New Wave

Something Quite Peculiar Interview with Director and Producer Team Mike and Patti Brook – The Last New Wave

On this episode Andrew invites director/editor Mike Brook and his sister and producer/narrator Patti Brook in to his home to discuss their documentary, Something Quite Peculiar: The Life and Times of Steve Kilbey. This is fascinating documentary that looks at the iconic voice behind one of Australia’s greatest songs – Under the Milky Way. It questions the role of the artist in relation...[Read More]

Mat de Koning’s Follow Up to Meal Tickets Launches

Mat de Koning’s Follow Up to Meal Tickets Launches

Director Mat de Koning’s Meal Tickets exploded onto the 20th Revelation Film Festival and the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival screens this year. It’s an exciting, powerful documentary about Perth band, Screwtop Detonators, finding their feet in the world, and the orbiting friends who are swept up in that journey. For those who managed to give it a watch, you would have recognised t...[Read More]

It’s Not Just Me Director Jonathan Messer Interview – The Last New Wave

It’s Not Just Me Director Jonathan Messer Interview – The Last New Wave

Ah, it’s been one whole year since The Last New Wave started and even though I’m a few days late, I wanted to celebrate that milestone with an interview that I absolutely loved doing. This interview is with the director of the documentary It’s Not Just Me Jonathan Messer, a documentary about four transgender men in Perth and their journey transitioning from female to male. ItR...[Read More]