After working on The Grandmothers, now called Two Mothers, I entered into a busy and eventful 3 months at home in Adelaide, with all my special people and dog. Cameras were swapped with wheel barrows and shovels as I got stuck into my own landscaping project, the last of the big scary jobs to complete an old house renovation that I had plugged away at for 15 years.
Mabo screened on television ABC for the 20th anniversary of the historic Australian indigenous land rights decision. A strong publicity campaign featured many of my stills, and lots of my behind the scenes video footage was nicely cut into several short documentaries. I was nervous about my small cameo as my dad because I genuinely suck as an actor but, surprisingly, I made the final cut and my and my cousins said I was a dead ringer.
I have a run of films about to be released and close to completion. I am always anxious about the poster shot, you really want to nail that key part of the stills job and it can make a huge difference to the success of the film. Rolf de Heer’s The King is Dead went with a compilation of my natural light portraits for their local an international posters, and some stills appeared on a you tube clip for the films explicit gangsta rap theme song, also written by Rolf.
Busy London production company Big Talk have been my most faithful client over the recent years. I connected with producer Nira Park in Australia on the film Gone in 2006, and went on to work with her onHot Fuzz and Attack the Block. It was fantastic to be contacted again by the company and offered the stills job on Cuban Fury, a dance comedy created by and starring Nick Frost, in what will be our third project together.
I arrived in crazy London just ahead of the Olympics, and significantly for me, on the eve of the UK release ofThe Hunter, opening on an impressive 40 screens across the UK. It was a treat to see what is probably my best film poster plastered throughout tube stations as I settled in as a local for the 9 week shoot.
My host is London is the lovely Alison Limerick. I have lodged at her house many times over the years, along with her numerous cats, and we have become great friends. Alison’s musical career hit huge heights in the 1990′s with her club anthem “Where Love Lives”, she has produced 4 albums and collaborated with many musical legends. It was a treat to finally catch her live, doing her hit single at a Old Skool night at Koko’s in Camden, she was amazing.