The moment we started using Skype on the show, it opened up our guest options considerably. We were able to record with Brian Trenchard-Smith when he was on the Gold Coast in pre-production on Drive Hard, as well as Stephanie “Hex” Bendixsen in Sydney, C Robert Cargill in Texas, Lynn Shelton in Seattle, Drew McWeeny in Los Angeles and Desiree Akhavan in London. It’s been brilliant.
That said, the recordings are always more fun when we do them in person, because you can’t beat the energy of everyone being in the room at the same time. So when our guest Sophie Hyde – who we were originally going to Skype with from her home in Adelaide – told us she was going to be in Melbourne two weeks earlier, we jumped at the chance to record the episode with all of us together. It did mean hurriedly finishing our Jane Campion refresh marathon ahead of the planned schedule, but it was totally worth it.
We had such an insanely great time chatting to Sophie, we almost forgot to record the actual episode. Good thing we did, as this talk with her about the films of Jane Campion is an absolute corker.
Because everyone knows Jane Campion, and everyone knows the films she’s made, but few people talk about her style. What does the Jane Campion style look like? When you step back and look at her works as a whole, what emerges? You might be surprised to discover the answer, not to mention which of her films that all three of us consider to be a masterpiece. Particularly given how said film was received upon its release.
We also review a few of this month’s new releases: Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young and Xavier Dolan’s Mommy. It’s crazily fortuitous that we end up talking about Xavier Dolan on our Jane Campion episode. Why? Check out the following amazing clip from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
As if all that wasn’t enough, we also ask a question that’s been on our minds since last year: with the recent massive shifts in how entertainment is consumed and how audiences gravitate towards it, does it put pressure on independent dramas to use high-concept hooks to reinforce their authenticity? We’re thinking in particular of the real-time shoots of two of last year’s biggest dramas: Boyhood and 52 Tuesdays. It’s an important question to ask, and one you can’t possibly pass up when you have the director of 52 Tuesdays right there in the room.
If you’ve never listened to Hyphenates before, then this is a really good one to start with. We talk about the films you’ve also watched over the past month, we cover an important topic with someone who is an undeniable expert in it, and have one of Australia’s most exciting new filmmakers talking about one of Australia’s most legendary. We’ve really got it all this month. We even released the episode on Jane Campion’s birthday. Now that’s synergy, we assume.