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Reid On Hughes

They were three partial strangers, with some things in common, meeting collectively for the first time. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. And that was just Daina. Before the day was over, they broke the rules. Bared their souls. Recorded a podcast. And touched each other (metaphorically) in a way […]

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The John Hughes Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Daina Reid

It’s fun to watch people who only know Eric Bana only as Serious Dramatic Actor discover his roots in Aussie TV sketch comedy – but for our money, it’s a less incredulous career leap than the one taken by Bana’s Full Frontal co-star, Daina Reid. Of course, the use of “incredulous” here should be read […]

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Chen On Ephron

What is the secret formula that made Nora Ephron’s romantic comedies so much better than all the others? Who are the two Nora avatars that appear throughout her films? How did she commit one of the greatest trolls in history, one that wouldn’t be apparent for thirty years? To find out, we talk to the […]

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The Nora Ephron Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Corrie Chen

If you’ve been paying close attention to Australia screen culture, you know who Corrie Chen is. And if you haven’t, please remember that you heard about her here first so we can bask in her current and future reflected glory. Corrie’s science fiction short film Reg Makes Contact received an AACTA nomination for Best Short […]

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100th Episode Live!

Have you been keeping a close eye on the file names of the podcast episodes? If so, you’re a deeply strange person. But you’ll also have noticed that we’re climbing into the high 90s, and we’re only a few shows away from the magic 100. And who can resist the lure of a big round […]

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Perry On Pakula

“I just don’t think any of his movies for me go below a B, and some of them are an A+. And I think that’s a pretty admirable range for someone who worked over so many decades and so many changing paradigms of the industry he was working in.” This month, ARP talks AJP as […]

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The Alan J Pakula Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Alex Ross Perry

If you haven’t seen Alex Ross Perry’s films, then stop reading this and come back when you have. No, we’re kidding, never stop reading us. We should always be your number one priority. But your number two priority should be tracking down his misanthropic comedy-drama Listen Up Philip (2014), starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten […]

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Forsythe On Bong

“Amongst all this chaos he’s just got a real truthful grasp on humanity. And that for me makes it so much more interesting when [you] throw it into these crazy worlds.” It was a heap of fun having Abe Forsythe on the show this month, even if it was down a skype line. If you’ve […]

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The Bong Joon-ho Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Abe Forsythe

Abe Forsythe has been all over Australian film and television for as long as we can remember, noting of course that we can only remember as far back as about 1991. But still, that’s an impressive run. As an actor, he’s starred in the hit series Always Greener, Fireflies, Laid, Howzat!, and plenty more. He’s […]

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Hii On McQueen

We can’t remember how long ago we added Ming-Zhu Hii to our guest wishlist, but in the intervening years she’s directed short films, landed prominent roles on half of Australia’s comedy and drama TV shows, and appeared in films like Peter Rabbit and That’s Not Me. Frankly, we’re lucky we were able to book her. […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Ming-Zhu Hii

You’ve definitely seen the work of Ming-Zhu Hii. Maybe you caught her in some of Australian television’s best comedies, appearing with Kates McCartney and McLennan in Get Krack!n, or starring alongside Shaun Micallef in The Ex PM. Or maybe you saw her in really any of our high-profile dramas, in Sisters, or Newton’s Law, or […]

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Segan On Hopper

In this episode’s announcement, we boasted that we had one Kid Blue talking about another Kid Blue. But it’s no coincidence that our guest Noah Segan and his filmmaker of the month played distinct characters who just happened to share a name. And the only place you can hear the story behind it is by […]

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The Dennis Hopper Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Noah Segan

Our next guest has appeared in everything from Dawson’s Creek to NCIS, from Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever to Fanboys. But let’s not bury the lede here: you know him best as the frequent collaborator of filmmaker Rian Johnson, appearing as stoner Dode in instant cult classic Brick (2005), The Duke in The Brothers Bloom […]

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Walker On Friedkin

“Partly, I didn’t work on anything for [Friedkin] because I didn’t want to disappoint him.” Seven is one of the greatest procedural films of all time. A dystopic vision of the present, a philosophical examination of justice and punishment, and perhaps the bleakest vision of optimism ever filmed. No, really. All of that came from […]

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The William Friedkin Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Andrew Kevin Walker

1995’s Se7en – or Seven if you prefer, but we’re going by what the film’s actual opening titles tell us – has almost been memed beyond recognition thanks to its shocking and unforgettable ending. But it remains a true classic, a work of horror and beauty that holds up to multiple re-watches. It’s one of […]

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Ross On Wise

Welcome to 2018! According to cinema, it’s the year of Rollerball and, we guess, Terminator Salvation. So we have that to look forward to. It was a blast to kick off 2018 with Eloise Ross, a guest we’ve been hoping to book on the show for some time, and as you’ve hopefully heard by now, […]

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The Robert Wise Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Eloise Ross

Welcome back! Honestly, it’s like you were never gone. We certainly weren’t: we’re already hard at work on the first shows of the new year, and we have some great stuff coming up. Really, you should hit subscribe as soon as possible. If you’ve already subscribed, you should unsubscribe and then immediately resubscribe just for […]

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Hi4H’s 2017 Year In Review

Despite all evidence to the contrary, that was a year. Sure, democracy, the environment, and all societal structures collapsed around us, but across the world there was universal agreement that some good had come out of 2017: Hell Is For Hyphenates and that video of Agnès Varda dancing with Angelina Jolie at the 2017 Governors […]

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Guadagnino On Pialat

“What I am absolutely stunned by is that [Pialat’s] cinema is absolutely disconnected [to] the idea of an artificial fabricated idea of reality, but it’s actually soaked into reality.” This probably goes without saying, but if you ever get the chance to chat with Luca Guadagnino about film and philosophy and gaze into his eyes […]

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The Maurice Pialat Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Luca Guadagnino

No, seriously. Just to be clear, Luca Guadagnino will not be the subject of our next episode: he will be our guest. He’s gonna be on the show. Guadagnino. Hyphenates. It’s happening. The Italian filmmaker behind 2009’s I Am Love, 2015’s A Bigger Splash, and this year’s Call Me By Your Name has become one […]

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Westwood On Polanski

It was over a year ago when we first asked Emma if she’d like to join us on Hell Is For Hyphenates. She was interested, and immediately flagged Polanski as her filmmaker of choice. After that it was simply a matter of finding a time when our schedules aligned. What a difference a year makes. […]

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The Roman Polanski Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Emma Westwood

Get off the edge of your collective seat, because we’re ready to announce our next guest! This month we will be joined by Melbourne writer, journalist, film historian and screenwriter Emma Westwood. Emma’s enjoyed a rich and varied career in the arts, writing for outlets such as Empire, Fangoria, FilmInk, Senses of Cinema, Metro, and […]

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Elliot On Jeunet

Trivia question: what was the last episode of Hyphenates in which everyone was in the same room for the recording? The first person to correctly answer wins a set of— no, it’s okay, we know you don’t care. But for the record, it was the show with Kate Hardie back in April 2016. So it’s […]

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The Jean-Pierre Jeunet Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Adam Elliot

Ever since a plucky stop-motion animated film from Australia won the 2004 Oscar for Best Animated Short – beating heavy-hitters Disney, Pixar and Blue Sky, no less – its director Adam Elliot has become a fixture of Australian culture. How many other local filmmakers are so recognisable that they get to play themselves in a […]

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Black On Stallone

Only a few short weeks ago, you were living in blissful ignorance. You had no idea that you needed comedian, writer and actor Michael Ian Black talking the films of Sylvester Stallone. But now that you know such a thing exists, you can’t go on without it in your life. Smash that subscribe button, people. […]

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The Sylvester Stallone Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Michael Ian Black

Going on both merit and popularity, Michael Ian Black ranks high above the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, motion-induced blindness, the chemical methylisoborneol and the second Men In Black film, as one of our greatest ever MIBs. Top three, easy. He wrote and starred in the long-running sketch comedy show The State; he played the entrepreneurial […]

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Wright On Miller

“Death is something that permeates through the whole of the Mad Max franchise, and that’s fascinating to me.” – Edgar Wright A new era of Hell Is For Hyphenates dawns! Or, if we’re going by Planet of the Apes terminology, it rises, then it dawns. Then it wars. With Sophie departing the show last month, […]

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The George Miller Cheat Sheet

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Hayes On Anderson

If you’ve listened to this month’s episode, then you’ve heard the big news: this is, sadly, our last episode with Sophie. And if you haven’t listened to it, then spoiler alert. Sophie joined the show back in September 2015 when Paul took his leave, and she brought a whole new energy – and hemisphere – […]

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The Wes Anderson Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Britt Hayes

If you like your film talk funny and your analysis smart, then you’re either a fan of Britt Hayes, or you’re about to be. Britt is the associate editor of the entertainment website ScreenCrush, and has been a regular contributor to Birth. Movies. Death. (formerly Badass Digest) since its inception. She is the author of […]

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Cargill On De Roche

We have a lot of rules on Hyphenates, all of them self-imposed. A lot of the time they make sense: we always make sure a new release from a past Filmmaker of the Month is given preference in the reviews, for instance. This makes sense if you, say, cover Sofia Coppola’s career around the release […]

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The Everett De Roche Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate C Robert Cargill

Our unofficial, not-at-all set-in-stone rule of not repeating any guests – wonderful though all our guests have been – was broken in 2014 when we marked our 5th anniversary by having our very first guest, Thomas Caldwell, join us exactly five years on. This month, we’re doing it again: five years ago, screenwriter, critic and […]

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Marshall On Dante

“I am aware that I have to please the comic fans, the Mignola fans, I gotta appease the Del Toro fans and somehow keep everybody happy or at least give them something new. The bottom line is I just gotta make a really great movie.” Seven years is a significant number. It’s the number of […]

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The Joe Dante Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Neil Marshall

A big question kicking around Hi4H headquarters since we released our first episode in May 2010 has been this: who will be the first person to be both a guest and a filmmaker of the month? We’ve talked about a lot of very talented and very still-alive filmmakers on the show… and have tried to […]

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Weinberg On Marshall

“When you need to set the ocean on fire, you hire Neil Marshall.” An American, a Brit and an Australian walk into a podcast… This month certainly isn’t the first time we’ve recorded across three continents, but with daylight savings ending in one place and starting in another, it certainly made for some tricky scheduling […]

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The Neil Marshall Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Scott Weinberg

If you’re into film and you’re on Twitter, you definitely know who Scott Weinberg is. But for those who are yet to make the leap to the microblogging social media platform, Scott has been a film journalist for almost two decades, writing on cinema for Cinematical, FEARnet, Nerdist, Thrillist, Playboy and others. He’s one of […]

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Reeder On Anders

Allison Anders is a name that doesn’t get mentioned nearly as much as it should. And thanks to Jennifer Reeder, this month we’re pointing out why this is a mistake that needs to be corrected. From Gas Food Lodging to Grace of My Heart and Things Beyond the Sun, Anders was one of the defining […]

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The Allison Anders Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… GAS […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Jennifer Reeder

We’re delighted to announce our next guest, Jennifer Reeder: an American artist, filmmaker and screenwriter. Her 2015 film A Million Miles Away (available to watch here for free!) was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and she has received nominations or wins at the Berlin International Film Festival, the AFI Fest, […]

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Hassannia On Farhadi

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And the Hell Is For Hyphenates version of desperate measures is to organise an episode in slightly the wrong order. Anarchists, we. As we said in the episode announcement, we felt it was incredibly important to this month focus on Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. With the USA imposing a […]

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The Asghar Farhadi Cheat Sheet

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Our Next Hyphenate Tina Hassannia

We’re breaking convention to do things a little backwards this month. Let us explain. Before we had confirmed a guest or filmmaker for this month, it was announced that director Asghar Farhadi would be unable to enter the United States to attend the Oscars ceremony – he is once again nominated, by the way – […]

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O’Brien On Loach

We really didn’t plan it this way, but it did work out pretty well. After all, could there by a more appropriate month for us to discuss the films of one of the most political directors in the canon? Sometimes you’re blessed with synchronicity. Apart from the charged politics, this is unlike any episode of […]

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The Ken Loach Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… CATHY […]

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Our Next Hyphenate: Rebecca O’Brien

Our first guest for 2017, Rebecca O’Brien, got her start in cinema working at the Edinburgh Film Festival. She went on to work as location manager and production manager in films such as 1985’s My Beautiful Laundrette and 1982’s Crystal Gazing (the latter of which was co-directed by Hyphenates alum Laura Mulvey). Her first film […]

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Hi4H’s 2016 Year In Review

Let’s skip all the non-film stuff in this recap, shall we? From Brexit to Trump and various personal crises, cinema was the last saving grace that kept us from going under. And the podcast really helped with that. With guests ranging from the legendary Laura Mulvey to actors Rhys Muldoon and Kate Hardie, writers and […]

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Spong On Lean

Hyphenates has always been a show that celebrates all filmmakers, and we’re equally excited by the big names as we are by the obscure ones. Wielding absolutely no influence over the choices of our guests, 2016 nevertheless seemed to be a year in which we ticked off a fair number of big-name directors that have […]

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The David Lean Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… BRIEF […]

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Our Next Hyphenate: Rohan Spong

Over the last few years, Rohan Spong has become one of Australia’s most exciting documentary filmmakers. From his 2009 feature T is for Teacher, about the experiences of four transgender school teachers in America, to his 2010 film The Songs They Sang, which examined the music and art created in the Vilna Ghetto in Lithuania […]

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Moorhouse On Roeg

There are few things more exciting to us than getting to hear a filmmaker we admire talk about the filmmaker who influenced them. It’s a special sort of insight that we rarely get, as writers and directors are more often quizzed about the films they themselves have made. So what better way to explore the […]

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The Nicolas Roeg Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… WALKABOUT […]

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Our Next Hyphenate: Jocelyn Moorhouse

One of the highlights of 2015 was that moment when The Dressmaker came out and everybody remembered how great Jocelyn Moorhouse is. It had been eighteen years since her last feature film (1997’s King Lear adaptation A Thousand Acres with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange and Jennifer Jason Leigh), and those of us who never fail […]

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Muldoon On Kubrick

“They work with Stanley and go through hells that nothing in their careers could have prepared them for, they think they must have been mad to get involved, they think that they’d die before they would ever work with him again, that fixated maniac; and when it’s all behind them and the profound fatigue of […]

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The Stanley Kubrick Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… DR […]

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Our Next Hyphenate: Rhys Muldoon

Rhys Muldoon is the very definition of a multi-hyphenate. As an actor, he’s appeared in films such as Danny Deckchair (2003), The Crop (2004), The Extra (2005), Valentine’s Day (2007) and Bitter & Twisted (2008), in television shows such as Bastard Boys, House Husbands, Blackjack, Grass Roots and Play School, and on stage in Don’s […]

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Malone and Davies on Hitchcock

Good evening. It’s hard to believe that it took six-and-a-half years for us to finally reach Alfred Hitchcock, but such is the unpredictability of the Hell Is For Hyphenates formula. And once we reached him, we had to go big with not just one special guest, but two! We’d begun talking with Alicia earlier in […]

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The Alfred Hitchcock Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… NORTH […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Alicia Malone

We are very excited to announce our next guest will be Alicia Malone, Australian film reporter, TV host, and lifelong lover of cinema. Our favourite part of her bio (nicked from her website) is this: “While at school she created a Film Club, electing herself President. Eventually the School Principal asked her not to get […]

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Stenders On Weir

This month’s episode was a little tricky to record. With Kriv in Brisbane for pre-production on his movie Australia Day and Sophie on holiday in North America, scheduling proved difficult, and we were unable to find a time they were both available. So Lee – who had nothing of note going on in August – […]

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The Peter Weir Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… PICNIC AT HANGING […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Kriv Stenders

We are delighted to announce that this month our guest will be Australian director Kriv Stenders! Whether you know him from 2011’s smash hit Red Dog, or last year’s critically lauded mini-series The Principal, or his 2005 debut The Illustrated Family Doctor, or 2014’s Simon Pegg-as-hitman action-comedy Kill Me Three Times, or 2007’s criminally underrated Boxing […]

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Harkins-Cross On Fassbinder

“At the end of the film he just picks up a lampshade and bludgeons everyone in his house to death, and it’s this awful despairing moment but it’s kind of funny as well, like that’s the most levity you can hope for in a Fassbinder film.” Given he appears to have influenced everyone from Quentin […]

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The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… ALI: […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Rebecca Harkins-Cross

It’s okay, you’re not experiencing deja vu. Well, look, you might be, we can’t know what’s inside your head. But yes, we have announced Rebecca a couple of time in the past, and have been thwarted both times (one time by a legit volcano). But after checking on all the potential volcanos around the world, we felt confident […]

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Lewis On Del Toro

“I feel like you’re breaking through an invisible wall when you get to go on a podcast that you’re a fan of.” We’re very happy that Maria is a fan of the show, but does that explain why she tries to rename the show less than ten minutes into the recording? You’ll have to listen […]

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The Guillermo Del Toro Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… HELLBOY […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Maria Lewis

You may know Maria Lewis from her film critiquing on the film website Graffiti With Punctuation or the podcast Pod Save Our Screen (both alongside Hi4H alum Blake Howard). Or you may have spotted her on SBS2’s The Feed (hosted by Hi4H alum Marc Fennell). Or maybe you’ve read her young adult fantasy novel Who’s […]

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Lowe On Henson

We know we gush about every guest, and of course that’s by design – why would we invite someone on who wasn’t gush-worthy? – but come on: Alice Lowe. The brilliant comic actress who has featured in everything from Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace to Tom Hardy drama Locke, on our little show talking about Jim freakin’ […]

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The Jim Henson Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… THE […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Alice Lowe

If enjoy great comedy, then you’ll be as excited by our next guest as we are. Except we’re the ones who get to talk film with her for an hour, so we’re probably slightly more excited. But look, it’s not a competition. There’s definitely enough excitement to go around. Maybe you know Alice Lowe from […]

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Hardie On Bird

There’s always something a bit special when our guest has a personal connection to the filmmaker they’re here to discuss. In the case of our guest Kate Hardie, it was particularly fascinating to hear her discuss the works of Antonia Bird given she was both a collaborator and a huge fan of Bird’s work. Kate […]

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The Antonia Bird Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… PRIEST […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Kate Hardie

Kate Hardie has a pretty impressive CV: starring alongside Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa, with Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline in Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom, with Richard E Grant and Judi Dench in Tim Sullivan’s Jack & Sarah, with Clive Owen and Gina McKee in Mike Hodges’ Croupier, she’s had […]

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Pedler On Coens

This month, only two of us had seen each of the films we reviewed: Martyn and Sophie had seen Anomalisa, Sophie and Lee had seen The Pearl Button, and Lee and Martyn had seen Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Somehow, symmetrically, we made it work. After the reviews, we look at new releases streaming […]

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The Coen Brothers Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… FARGO […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Martyn Pedler

We’ve been courting Martyn Pedler to come on the show for a long time, employing all manner of tactics from flowers and chocolates to Wile E Coyote-style holes in the ground that drop into a recording booth to sneaking recording dates into iTunes terms and conditions. Okay, Martyn was actually happy to do the show. […]

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Mulvey On Ophüls

We’re used to talking about legends on the show, but it’s pretty cool to have a legend as our guest. Laura Mulvey is one of film theory’s biggest names, probably best known for coining the phrase “the male gaze” in her highly influential 1973 essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”. Last week, we gathered in […]

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The Max Ophüls Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… Letter […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Laura Mulvey

If you’ve ever used the term “the male gaze”, then you have our next guest to thank. Laura Mulvey coined the term in her 1975 essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, published in the film journal Screen, and the phrase has become firmly embedded in the collective psyche. This isn’t her only contribution to pop […]

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Franklin On Carpenter

  “I like to think that if all the filmmakers of that American New Wave were a giant school class, and Coppola was the captain of the football team, and Spielberg was the good lookin’ rebel in the leather jacket hanging out with the bikers, and the drama majors are Altman and Cassavetes… and then […]

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The John Carpenter Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… HALLOWEEN […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Garth Franklin

If you’ve ever wanted to look up some news about a film, be it a piece of casting info or movement on a long-awaited sequel, the odds are better than not that you made your way to Dark Horizons. And that means you’ve certainly read the work of Garth Franklin, the site’s Sydney-based founder and […]

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Hi4H’s 2015 Year In Review

We thought 2014 was pretty big. But 2015 made it look like 2013! True story. This year we reached our 5th anniversary; we were joined by guests such as Appropriate Behaviour writer/director/star Desiree Akhavan, The Woman star Pollyanna McIntosh, 52 Tuesdays director Sophie Hyde and The Cell screenwriter Mark Protosevich; Paul left; Sophie joined; Lee […]

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Clift On Herztfeldt

“[Don Herztfeldt] sounds like Bill looks like he feels.” Animation is the bastard stepchild of cinema: often and mistakenly referred to as a genre, dismissed as kid’s fare, and rarely celebrated in the way that live action is. Which is strange, given that animation is, in a sense, pure cinema. Everything you see has been […]

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The Don Hertzfeldt Cheat Sheet

Want to become an instant expert in our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: we program you a double that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode lands… REJECTED […]

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