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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

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 feature that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but will bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode […]

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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

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 feature that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but will bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode […]

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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

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 feature that will not only make for a great evening’s viewing, but will bring you suitably up-to-speed before our next episode […]

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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

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… ABOUT […]

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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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Our Next Hyphenate: Tom Clift

Not many people know that the greatest natural threat to the podcast is the volcano. We’ll explain. Some of you may have read our previous announcement for this month’s episode (which has now been taken down), revealing our next guest/filmmaker combo to be Rebecca Harkins-Cross talking Rainer Werner Fassbinder. What neither we nor Rebecca could have […]

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Howard On Mann

This month, the new era of Hell Is For Hyphenates begins proper! (If you don’t know what this means, you probably missed last month’s show. There’s still time to catch up.) We’re delighted to be joined this month by guest Blake Howard, who first mentioned his love of Michael Mann to us over two years […]

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The Michael Mann 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… HEAT […]

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Our Next Hyphenate: Blake Howard

The new era of Hell Is For Hyphenates is here! What will it sound like? Nobody knows! You’ll have to tune in on October 31 to find out. But this is a show all about the guests, so allow us to introduce our October 2015 Hyphenate, Blake Howard. Blake is a film critic, writer and podcaster […]

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Nelson On Romero

When there is no more room in Hell Is For Hyphenates, the Paul shall walk the Earth. That was a bit of a switcheroo, wasn’t it? If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, you might want to stop reading this and get on it. However, if you want to know the news but don’t […]

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The George A Romero 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… NIGHT […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Sophie Mayer

It’s always exciting when we get to employ the ridiculous amount of technology we have at our disposal, and patch in someone like they were in the room with us. Such is the case with the London-based Sophie Mayer, who we’re delighted to announce will be joining us this month. Sophie is a film critic […]

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Heller-Nicholas On Argento

Dario Argento probably isn’t for everyone. Not only is horror the genre that seems to turn surprisingly large swathes of people off, but Argento’s brand of giallo is so specific and tonally distinct, if you’re not on board with the type of heightened gore and high-intensity colour scheme and hilariously abrasive music he employs, then […]

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The Dario Argento 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 Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Most film lovers are obsessive collectors. It’s just how our brains are wired. It’s why we have all the Godfather films on the shelf, even though we only ever watch the first two, or why we have every Pirates of the Caribbean film even though we only ever watch the first two Godfathers. So, in […]

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Hawker On Varda

It’s kind-of extraordinary that Agnès Varda isn’t as widely-known as her contemporaries Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. After all, her groundbreaking La Point Courte pre-dates the acknowledged beginning of the French New Wave movement (Claude Chabrol’s Le Beau Serge) by three years, Truffaut’s The 400 Blows by four, and Godard’s Breathless by five. And if […]

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The Agnès Varda 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: a double that will bring you totally up-to-speed before our next episode lands… CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (1962) and THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (2008) After […]

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Our Next Hyphenate: Philippa Hawker

Philippa Hawker is easily one of Australia’s most prominent and influential film critics. She is best known as film reviewer for The Age, a position she has held since 1997. She is one of the most incisive film critics in the country, able to balance a complex knowledge of cinema with accessible, engaging prose. And we […]

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Caldwell On Lynch

After podding out to all you guys for five years, we wanted to take a small bow without getting too self-indulgent. So we decided indulge someone else instead. Thomas Caldwell was our very first guest back in June 2010, and really helped us figure out what the show was and how our guests would fit […]

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The David Lynch 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: a double that will bring you totally up-to-speed before our next episode lands…   ERASERHEAD (1977) and MULHOLLAND DR. (2001) David Lynch is one of the […]

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Our Next Hyphenate: Thomas Caldwell

Those of you with long memories may recall that Thomas Caldwell has been our guest before. In fact, he was our very first guest back in June of 2010. We have an unofficial rule on Hyphenates about not repeating guests. This isn’t because we don’t want to talk to them again – in fact, nearly […]

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Protosevich On Kobayashi

Did you know this episode marks the fifth anniversary of Hell Is For Hyphenates? If you didn’t before, you do now. So no playing dumb. Last year when we celebrated our 50th episode (we mark every possible occasion available to us), we noted that it was fitting we do so not with a big-name filmmaker […]

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The Masaki Kobayashi 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: a double that will bring you totally up to speed before our next episode lands… THE THICK-WALLED ROOM (1956) and HARAKIRI (1962) If you want to […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Mark Protosevich

Five years! Five whole years! That’s how long Hell Is For Hyphenates will have been running when our next episode is released at the end of the month. That’s a whole lot of guests, a whole lot of filmmakers, and a frankly insane number of films. Which is just how we like it. Joining us to […]

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Hyde On Campion

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 […]

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The Jane Campion 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: a double that will bring you totally up-to-speed before our next episode lands… THE PIANO (1993) and BRIGHT STAR (2009) Campion was already well known for […]

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Our Next Hyphenate Sophie Hyde

There’s no point in us disguising our tactics any longer: whenever we see a debut film we love, we immediately begin pursuing that filmmaker to be on the show before their career takes off and we have little hope of booking them. Such is the case with last year’s 52 Tuesdays, an Australian film that […]

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McIntosh On Holofcener

The best moment leading up to the recording of this episode was when we decided it was time for us to delve back into our recurring mini-Hyphenate segment. Every few months we take a filmmaker with a finite filmography who may not have made enough films to qualify for the main stage (five is our […]

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The Nicole Holofcener 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: a double that will bring you totally up-to-speed before our next episode lands… WALKING AND TALKING (1996) and ENOUGH SAID (2013) Nicole Holofcener’s only made five […]

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Win Maps to the Stars and Pride!

In February of 2011, we were joined by guest Josh Nelson, who chatted to us about the films of body horror maestro David Cronenberg. Last year we saw Cronenberg’s evolution continue with Maps to the Stars, a creepy Hollywood story of narcissism, obsession and death. And now we have three copies to give away to […]

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Our Next Hyphenate: Pollyanna McIntosh

Pollyanna McIntosh is one of the most interesting and charismatic genre performers around. From her role alongside Simon Pegg in the John Landis comedy Burke and Hare to her appearance with James McAvoy in the 2013 Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth, she’s carving out a niche of fascinating roles in dark, edgy films. But it was […]

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Akhavan On Kaufman

Of all the different types of guests we have on the show – critics, authors, actors, etc – it’s filmmakers that spark a particular type of curiosity. When a filmmaker guest chooses the filmmaker they want to speak about, we immediately begin trying to find connections between their respective works. How much of Claire Denis […]

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The Charlie Kaufman Cheat Sheet

Want to be knowledgable about our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: a recommended double that will make you an insta-expert in the director we’re about to discuss… BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999) and SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008) Okay, given our […]

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Win Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster!

In 2012, we were joined by guest Mathieu Ravier, who chose Wong Kar-wai as his filmmaker of the month. At the time, we speculated that it wouldn’t be long before we saw The Grandmaster, Wong Kar-wai’s long-rumoured epic biopic of martial arts legend (and Bruce Lee’s trainer) Ip Man. It actually took two years for […]

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Our Next Hyphenate: Desiree Akhavan

If anything defined 2014 for the purposes of this post, it was the number of amazing new voices that flooded independent cinema. One of the biggest standouts was Desiree Akhavan, who wrote, directed and starred in her debut feature Appropriate Behavior, about a Brooklyn woman dealing with the fallout from an unpleasant breakup as she continuously tries to keep […]

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Lomas On Minnelli

It hadn’t really occurred to us how few Hollywood Golden Age directors we’d covered on the show. In fact, depending on your definition of the Golden Age (this isn’t a science, people), the only one until now has been Billy Wilder. So when Jess told us she wanted to talk about Vincente Minnelli, it suddenly […]

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The Vincente Minnelli Cheat Sheet

Want to be knowledgeable about our filmmaker of the month without committing yourself to an entire filmography? Then you need the Hell Is For Hyphenates Cheat Sheet: a suggested double that will make you an insta-expert in the director we’re about to discuss… AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951) and THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) Vincente Minnelli […]

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Win a Jim Jarmusch DVD Pack!

Last May, we were joined by guest Sarah Caldwell, who spoke with us about the works of US indie auteur Jim Jarmusch. Thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have an embarrassingly large haul of Jarmusch films to give away: Permanent Vacation, Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law, Mystery Train, Night on Earth, Dead Man and Only […]

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