Into the Blue: Interview with Karina Holden

Published on March 7, 2017

Introduction

Karina Holden is the director of Blue, one of the Good Pitch Australia documentaries releasing in 2017. A scientist and factual program-maker, this is her first feature length documentary destined for the cinema and it’s like no film about the ocean you’ve ever seen.

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Richard Todd on ‘Frackman’ and ‘Dying to Live’

Published on October 18, 2016

Richard Todd, maker of Frackman, is one of the inaugural 2014 Good Pitch² Australia filmmakers. In 2016, he’s back with DYING TO LIVE—a documentary (pitching Nov 8 at Opera House) about organ donation in Australia: our flawed system and pitiful track record when it comes to giving organs to people who desperately need them. (WATCH “The World’s Biggest Asshole” made for the US donor campaign at the end of The Chat).

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Malinda Wink: Up, Close and Personal

Published on July 26, 2016

In Brief

This is the second instalment of my interview with Malinda Wink.  (You can read part 1 here). In the previous chat, the focus was on what Malinda does in her job as Executive Director, Good Pitch² Australia. Here, she talks about the professional journey that led her to GP²A, the philosophical ideas that inform her work and a story she holds close. 

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Malinda Wink

In Conversation: Malinda Wink, Exec Director, GPA

Published on July 25, 2016

In Brief

Over the past 2–3 years, Good Pitch² Australia has raised more funds than any other Good Pitch in the world—and has done so every year since the inaugural event in 2014. So far, over $7.5 million has been raised in philanthropic funding and 200+ powerful strategic partnerships and alliances forged.

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Jon Muir: Not So Simple.

Published on June 10, 2016

In Suzy & The Simple Man, you see another side of Jon Muir to that of intrepid walker, mountaineer and sailor but you can discover this for yourself when you see the film… And maybe it was just the mood I was in when we talked on the phone for this interview, but he made me laugh. A lot.  I wasn’t expecting that. 

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Suzan Muir: A 21st Century Adventuress.

Published on June 9, 2016

Prologue

The day I interviewed Suzan and Jon Muir, co-directors with Ian Darling on Suzy & The Simple Man, I was at the Shark Island offices at Fox Studios in Sydney and they were at ‘Inanna’, their property in Victoria, preparing for a trip to the Kimberley’s in Western Australia.

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Ian Darling on Suzy and The Simple Man

Published on June 8, 2016

Suzy & The Simple Man was eight years in the making. Directed by Ian Darling, Suzan and Jon Muir, the film started as a modest work with the working title “Our Little Garden”. It was to be shot over a year but then something unexpected happened and it became a documentary with un-simple questions at the heart of the story.

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Kelrick Martin: “I don’t want to sound like a heartless tycoon…

Published on April 19, 2016

Kelrick Martin is the director of the award-winning, Good Pitch² Australia–supported film Prison Songs. The subject of the film is indigenous incarceration—but it’s not what you might expect. 

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Excellence and the Unexpected: Rebecca Barry (Part 3)

Published on April 4, 2016

The final part of my interview with Rebecca Barry, a producer of the Good Pitch² Australia 2014 film The Opposition. The film has been selected for the prestigious North American Hot Docs International Film Festival.  WATCH trailer below.

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Rebecca Barry: “Story is King” (Part 2)

Published on March 29, 2016

Welcome to Part Two of my interview with Rebecca Barry (to read Part One, click here), where we learn: story comes first, hosted screenings work and the successful distribution model that  Impact showed itself to be when I am a Girl was released locally and internationally.

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Rebecca Barry: Filmmaker and Impact Producer. (Part 1)

Published on March 21, 2016

This is part one of an in-depth three-part interview with Rebecca Barry, one of the producers behind The Opposition—a Good Pitch²–Australia–2014–supported documentary screening this week at Hot Docs 2016  in Toronto and Call Me Dad which is screening at the Human Rights Arts Film Festival on May 16.

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Andrea Durbach: The Hunting Ground Australia Project. Part Two

Published on March 7, 2016

Welcome back. Here is the final instalment of my chat with Professor Andrea Durbach, a senior advisor on The Hunting Ground Australia Project (THGAP).  

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