Longtime followers of One Large Popcorn, Please! will undoubtedly have noticed that the number of articles being posted has become less frequent. This is a consequence of my very busy schedule, leaving few opportunities to write for leisure.
But this has been no bad thing, for yours truly has spent time happily working on other projects, most notably the radio programme Art Smitten on SYN. Below is one of the many interviews that I have produced, in which myself and fellow hosts Monisha and Christian discuss the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Films in Concert series with its chief organiser, Karl Knapp.
(At this point I was hoping to embed the aforementioned interview into the text, but WordPress is not playing ball, so instead you’ll have to settle for following this link.)
I’ve also been contributing to a couple of SYN’s podcasts, including Film 101, produced by fellow film buff and writer Arnie Duracak, who has his own WordPress blog. A few weeks back, we cross-promoted our two projects for a discussion about the 68th Melbourne International Film Festival. (Listen here.)
And just recently, we secured an interview with Australian director Rolf de Heer (Ten Canoes, Charlie’s Country) about his Virtual Reality project. (Listen here.)
The second podcast I’ve been a part of is Right On Track, which is devoted to all things Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. This has been done with the assistance of Tom Denham and Connor Jonas, who are fanatics and lifelong devotees of the television series. My favourite episode thus far is the sixth, in which we discuss three stories centered on Henry the Green Engine. (Listen here.)
Finally, I’ve been an active participant at the Melbourne International Film Festival, which included seeing the closing night screening of Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, an event that saw the director herself in attendance. Expect to see a review of that prior to its Australian release, in addition to my thoughts on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Australian Dream, The Dead Don’t Die, and Makoto Shinkai’s new film Weathering With You.
Even though this blog has been somewhat neglected, I continue to be buoyed the support I receive from right across the WordPress community, and those who follow me via other means. Please keep following, as there’ll be plenty of great content in the weeks ahead!
– Tom. 🙂