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THE WESTWOOD DIGEST

Writing by Emma Westwood. Most likely about movies, filmmaking, monsters and other wild trips. Words should go down nice and easy.

A Bicentenary with Bite: Revisiting Dark Age

Having transformed my living room into a set for the special Umbrella Entertainment blu-ray release of Long Weekend, the unstoppable Lee Gambin got the band back together to do it all again.

This time, in a discussion titled ‘A Bicentenary with Bite: Revisiting Dark Age’, Lee Gambin, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Sally Christie and I turn our loving gaze to the Australian horror delight Dark Age (1987) – directed by Arch Nicholson, starring John Jarrat, David Gulpilil, Burnam Burnam and Nikki Coghill.

Dark Age nearly disappeared into the annals of lost cinema so, luckily, Umbrella Entertainment is continuing their loving work and giving this film the blu-ray special edition treatment that it deserves.

You can buy it and make it yours by clicking below…

(And immense thanks goes to Ben Gurvich for the camerawork and Justine Ryan for her able tech assistance).

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MIFF Talks – Triple R Outside Broadcast

This Monday 7th August at 7pm, our radio show Plato’s Cave will be transported from the Triple R studio to one of my favourite Melbourne spaces, Forum Theatre (or MIFF Festival Lounge), where we’ll be broadcasting live in front of a film-hungry audience on flicks at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).

Since Thomas Caldwell will be assuming his own MIFF duties, joining the all-star (?) lineup of Cerise, Alex and I will be original Plato’s Caver, Tara Judah, flying all the way from the United Kingdom for the privilege. She’s a good egg.

We are not the only ones from Triple R broadcasting from the MIFF Festival Lounge. Things will be kicking off at 4pm with Fee-B-Squared and Maps going live-to-air with a number of guests, including the legendary Steve Kilbey from The Church.

Come along, nab a booth and a beverage, and hear some good radio, including us PC gals gabbing on like a foursome of witches drinking cups of tea (thanks to Alex for the featured image). Admission is free.

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Cinemaniacs’ Panel: The Thing

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A trio of panellists – Dean Brandum (left, Assault on Precinct 13), myself (middle, The Thing) and Tristan Jones (right, In the Mouth of Madness) – stepped up to discuss the films of John Carpenter following a very special Cinemaniacs’ presentation of Christine on Saturday 8th July 2017.

We were pressed for time and, of course, we all had too much to say so, while the live audience got the gist of my blind adoration of The Thing, there was a plethora of information that never made it out of my mouth (of madness). Here’s the full transcript of the intended presentation for posterity…

With special thanks to my friend Lee Gambin for always trusting me with projects that are close to his heart.

Continue reading “Cinemaniacs’ Panel: The Thing”

Going Full Goth: Filmmakers Turn to The Dark-Side

Cinema Nova in Melbourne generously allowed me to indulge in another one of my loves: gothic cinema.

Specifically, they invited me to write a piece for the cinema’s Novadose magazine titled ‘Going Full Goth: Filmmakers Turn to the Dark-Side’ with a special focus on the brilliant debut from William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth.

While this article is only available in the Issue #11 (July-September 2017) print version of the magazine (see feature image), I have included the text below for your reading pleasure… Continue reading “Going Full Goth: Filmmakers Turn to The Dark-Side”

THE FLY book available for pre-sale

THE FLY by Emma Westwood is now available for pre-sale from Devil’s Advocates and Columbia University Press.
Release date: November 2017

Read all about it in the Columbia University Press upcoming releases or join the book’s Facebook page for tantalising tidbits and teasers.

There are no flies on this!

Don’t Fear the Creeper: An Interview with Gina Philips

In preparation for a longer form piece in the new Cinemaniacs Presents journal, I had the pleasure of talking to fellow horror movie fan, Gina Philips, who played the role of Trish in the original Jeepers Creepers (fans will be very pleased to know she is coming back for the third instalment in the franchise).

Gina was such a generous interviewee I decided to throw some words the way of Diabolique, and the fruits of my labour can now be read in the following article…

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RAW: Horror in the Eyes of Women

One of the gratifying outcomes of the RAW advanced screening and discussion panel with Barbara Creed, Philippa Hawker, Clem Bastow and Cerise Howard on 19th April has been the opportunity to write a wrap-up of the event for the incomparable Kat Ellinger and Diabolique online.

For those who were not able to attend, this is the closest you’ll get to hearing the panellists’ words, including sage observations from the likes of Cerise Howard:

“What is most monstrous in this film is heteronormativity… This whole hazing business… it’s rape culture writ large and is truly monstrous.”

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Cinemaniacs’ presentation of Christine

Cinemaniacs presents John Carpenter’s masterpiece Christine, based on the novel by Stephen King, on Saturday 8th July 2016 at Backlot Studios in Melbourne.

Stars Keith Gordon and Alexandra Paul will be doing a special exclusive video interview for the screening (with questions from writer/film historian Lee Gambin). Writer/commentator Clem Bastow will be introducing the film. And…

There will be a Cinemaniacs-first panel discussing the works of John Carpenter hosted by Cinemaniacs board member Anthony Biancofiore, and featuring writers/film historians Dean Brandum, me (Emma Westwood) and comic book artist and writer Tristan Jones.

This event is selling out…

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RAW in Conversation at Cinema Nova

Join Cinema Nova in Melbourne for an advance screening of Julia Ducournau’s stunning debut film RAW on Wednesday 19th April, followed by a panel hosted by me and featuring Clem Bastow, Barbara Creed, Philippa Hawker and Cerise Howard discussing ‘horror in the eyes of women’…

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