A blog post on the “Movie Morlocks” section of Turner Classic Movies lists ten things you might not know about Rod Taylor, drawing on my biography on him. Thanks for the shout out, Kimberley Lindbergs! A link to it is here.
An audio book version of my biography on Rod Taylor, “Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood” is now available. Over twelve hours! Get it here.
Another article I wrote for Lumina is now online – a history of Australian screenwriting. A link to it is here.
A while back I wrote an article for Lumina, the magazine of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, about the history of collaboration in the Australian film industry. A copy of it is here.
It was a great fun to research and think about – studying history enables you to see patterns. And an overwhelming pattern is you can’t have a successful career in the industry without a consistent, close knit group of collaborators. And if you do have that, you can move mountains.
Last week I had the great pleasure of interviewing Ric Chauvel Carlsson, grandson of the legendary Charles and Elsa Chauvel. It was to promote the DVD release of two classic Chauvel films, Forty Thousand Horsemen and The Rats of Tobruk. The interview was done for Filmink magazine and a link is here.
Photocopier is going to screen at 2013 BIFF on Sunday 24 Nov at the Palace Barracks. It’s my third film to appear at my old home town’s festival so I’m very excited. Details are here.
A new book has come out about the making of Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. It’s by Tony Lee Moral who did a terrific book about the making of “Marnie” a while back. This is also excellent – a thorough and entertaining look at Hitch’s last uncontested classic. Full disclosure: I helped Tony with some research (he generously thanked me in the opening spiel, which was cool) but I would praise it anyway. I wish I’d had it available when I was writing my Rod Taylor bio.
Copies available here.