In the media: news & reviews

SMH Stay In Touch:

  • Wil Anderson’s new ABC-TV show The Gruen Transfer is generating buzz:

    The ABC’s resident rabblerousers have more tricks up their sleeve after spoof commercials prompted more than 250 complaints in the past week – and became YouTube hits.

  • Lawrence Leung has been named the best local comedian at the Cracker Comedy Festival awards.

    Other winners were Ross Noble, who won the Time Out readers’ choice award, Mark Watson, who won the best of the fest gong, and Amelia Jane Hunter and Hannah Gadsby, who won the director’s special award for Meat the Musical. Winners took home Golden Chickens from the awards ceremony at the Enmore Theatre.

The Age‘s Kate Duthie reviews the new SBS comedy show featuring Muslim performers, Salam Cafe. The show airs on Wednesdays at 10pm, and you can catch the first episode online via the SBS Salam Cafe page.

From The Australian, Michael Body discusses films featuring in the upcoming Sydney and Melbourne film festivals. The relevant comedy stuff:

  • Melbourne International Film Festival will feature a documentary on comedian Tim Minchin: Rock & Roll Nerd.
  • Why isn’t Australia producing films like the successful wedding comedy Made of Honor?

More on MIFF from Media Newswire: 12 FILM PREMIERES ON THE WAY FOR MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL

Melbourne International Film Festival ( MIFF ) Executive Director Richard Moore said the premiere of six new local feature documentaries from the Premiere Fund at MIFF 2008 will greatly enrich the MIFF 2008 line-up for audiences at Australia’s largest film festival.
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MIFF 2008 ( 25 July – 10 Aug ) includes six premieres of feature-length documentaries:
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NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: ( Director: Mark Hartley ) A celebration of 1970s Oz-ploitation cinema featuring Quentin Tarantino, Barry Humphries and Jamie Lee Curtis.
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ROCK & ROLL NERD: ( Director/Writer: Rhian Skirving ) A rags to riches observational documentary following Melbourne musician and performance artist Tim Minchin.

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