So I checked out David Caesar's new film (well not exactly new but most recent) - Dirty Deeds at my regular cheapo film hangout, the ANU Film Group (Well, it should be a regular hang out, it's where I work as a projectionist from time to time - incidentally, this will matter to no-one but me, but David Stratton said I was the most important person there when I was introduced to him last week at "David Stratton night" - so ner)

Anyhoo, Dirty Deeds is a great fun, ocker crime flick set in late '60s Sydney, revolving around the poker machine trade. Lots of crazy crash zooms, cool cars and people wearing pork pie hats (I believe people should wear more hats today). Definitely worth a look - though be warned of the pig shoot at the end if you are on the squeamish side.

It makes some nice comments about the Vietnam war as well - crazy gangster Sal has an interesting theory on who was behind it and why (all about selling smack) and there is a nice parallel drawn between Vietnam and the Sydney underworld of the day.

Four stars.

Haven't caught much media of late (depending on how you define it - conventional media I guess) - so for me it's all a bit War? What war?.

Interviewed for a great job with an educational multimedia company on Wednesday out in Deakin (a couple of buildings down from Sasha's work ironically).Would be a dream job and hopefully I'm in with a shot however my lack of commercial experience doesn't help so much. Fingers crossed.

Projecting My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Birthday Girl tonight, I've seen ...Wedding but hope to catch most of Birthday Girl.
I'll tell you about the Projectionists life another time - it's not simply sitting watching movies though.


Well I finally found a reference to the death of the ABC cameraman (Paul Moran) which mentioned the fact that he was one of five people killed when a taxi pulled up at a road block and exploded - it was in the Canberra Times.

It's a little depressing looking at the media at the moment, just pages and pages and hours and hours of war war war. The traditional media maxim of "If it bleeds, it leads" (which really is quite disgusting when you think about it - check out Bowling for Columbine to put this into perspective) is getting quite the workout.

On other media matters, I've just finished reading a very interesting book by Andrew Olle, the late and great ABC journalist on the art of interviewing. It is a mixture of transcripts of interviews that he did with people ranging from Brett Whitely to Bob Hawke to Anita Roddick and his thoughts on the process as well as a running commentary of what he was thinking at different stages of these interviews. Fascinating stuff.
It's called Andrew Olle on interviewing and is published by ABC books. (1992). I picked it up at Dickson library here in the ACT but there are probably other copies floating about.