I haven’t updated this for ages. But I’ll start putting some links to articles I’ve written. Here is one on singers turned actors.
The other Saturday I was on Film Buff’s Forecast to talk about the passing of Michael Cimino and Euan Lloyd. A link is attached. (I’m about 1’10 in.)
It’s always nice to be asked back to something? The other Saturday I went into 3RRR to chat “The Richard Burton Diaries” with Paul Harris on 3RRR. A link is here.
The other week Paul Harris was kind enough to invite me back to Film Buffs Forecast on 3RRR to chat about Charlie Brackett and his diaries. You can listen here. (I’m one hour in.)
A documentary on the life and times of Rod Taylor, Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches, debuted on Foxtel last week. Full disclosure: I’m in it, and am credited as “consultant” – probably the only time in my life I’ll ever co-star with Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, Rod and Tippi Hedren (among others).
There’s some great “talking heads” especially Rod himself, who was interviewed before he died. It features many of the people I was unable to talk with for my book – Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, Murray Niedorf, Stephan Elliot and Rod himself. Worth checking out – the trailer is here.
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.
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.
White Dragons was a documentary I wrote during my first year at AFTRS, back in 1999. One of the good things about film schools is that you can be forced to write stuff you wouldn’t normally consider (although it doesn’t always seem like it at the time). It ended up being a terrific experience where I got to meet some great characters. The director was the very talented Chris Richards-Scully and it’s up on the net here.