This weekend Emile Zile's Jack, which we filmed together in Footscray late last year, will be screened at the ICA in London. The film depicts a figure lost - or purposely drifting through - the light industrial Melbourne suburb of Footscray. He is a universal figure, recognisable the world over, yet we soon learn his type is more difficult to categorise than might first be imagined. If you're in London next week, check it out.
Congratulations Prisonpals! The web series, created by Tim Stone and Jackson Juliani and shot by moi, has been nominated for best comedy at the Streamys. We are up against some stiff competition, including Ben Stiller, but who knows? Stranger things have happened. Fingers crossed! Awards are announced in L.A. mid February 2013.
Sweet Creative, in association with Mikael Brain at Nobody Move, have produced a call for entries and official promo for the Poetry in Film Festival 2013. The commercial will screen across the country on Palace Cinemas from next week. You can also see it here at the PIFF official website.
Prompted by the outrageous decision to come out of the recent Apple Vs Samsung court case and after reading opinions best summarised by this article by Thomas Baekdal, I've just completed the script for an absurdist take on a world where monopolies for things like "rectangles with rounded corners" were possible in other facets of life. Add me to your Twitter list for a link to the completed film late next month.
Neil Melville, star of Mikael Brain's Lifeboat, appears on Australian television tonight in Howzat!: Kerry Packer's War on Channel Nine. It is the first in the two-part series, with the finale due to be screened the following Sunday. Howzat! is also available to view in Australia on Channel Nine's online catch-up site for two weeks.
Prisonpals is an eight part comedy web series that follows a group of prisoners as they participate in a controversial online rehabilitation program. Produced and directed by Jackson Juliani and Tim Stone and shot by Mikael Brain, prisonpals has just announced its official launch date as October 30. More info can be found at prisonpals.tv
Miss World Burlesque Cassandra Jane has a new show titled Bring Back the Showgirl!, inspired by the Las Vegas tradition first espoused in the early 1950s. Cassandra has commissioned Mikael to put together a series of short 30 second promotional pieces to promote her upcoming performances in the U.S. These will be available to view later in the year - meanwhile, the current show which Mikael filmed in Sydney can be viewed here.
Last night Dame Elisabeth Murdoch celebrated her 103rd birthday at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Attended by her son Lachlan as well numerous VIPs including former prime minister Malcolm Fraser and Victorian premier Ted Bailleiu, the festivities included a presentation of the Recital Centre's highlights from 2011. Mikael Brain was asked to compile a short montage of the performances he filmed during the past 12 months. And outstanding performances they were - the full house showed their respect to the performers with a rapturous standing applause.