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Brendan is off to Europe for 5 weeks after today and is looking forward to seeing all the amazing artworks! Daniel will do next week’s show and then both he and Gayle will take turns co-hosting with David for a month after that.

Both David and Brendan saw the film Holding The Man yesterday and were most impressed. They consider it a standout and cathartic film with outstanding writing, directing, music and acting—especially the 2 leads. Joy’s very own Gazman (Gary Wilson) is in it and he said the director, Neil Armfield, treated the extras beautifully. Our hosts consider the film an Oscar contender and give it 4.5 out of 5.
Brendan saw 2 other films. First a thriller called The Gift written & directed by Australian Joel Edgerton who also plays one of the main characters. It is a well-made, tense, character driven feature and gets a 4 out of 5. The other film is Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep and written by Diablo Cody of Juno fame. Meryl sings and plays guitar and is very good in it but Brendan feels the film is a bit muted. It gets a 2.5 out of 5. Brendan encourages people to go see the myriad of other films out there within Film Festivals such as the Israeli, Jewish & Italian ones on at present.

Special guests today are:

Malia Walsh is a popular, award-winning circus performer who has been entertaining Melbournians for many years. She is delightful and cheeky and has created a niche for herself within the industry. She has a ballet background but got into the circus when she met a ‘strongman’ at a bar. Her latest show Children are Stinky 26th September to 4th October at La Mama Courthouse– is for both children and their parents alike and was inspired by her 1 year old child. It is set in the 90s and is interactive and fun, with many stunts and lots of fart jokes. Malia works with 2 other performers.

Chris Pahlow is a film-maker who wrote and directed Play It Safe—his first film– which will have its world premiere at the Lido Cinema on 10th September and will also play at the Classic and Cameo Cinemas. It took him 5 years to make and was funded by his own money and that of friends and relatives with some crowdfunding at the end. He had not considered government-funding due to restrictions imposed. The film is about a musician in his 20s who is in a band and dedicated to music. The band and his world fall apart and he ends up taking a corporate music-teaching job which turns out to be soul-destroying. He gets to a point where he must decide whether he wants to play it safe or follow his passion.


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