TO BE (TRAINED) OR NOT TO BE . . .
It has always been my dream to be an actor. But I also had a brain, so when
I finished school, I asked many people within the industry the best way to approach such a
career, and was widely advised that attending drama school was the best option; training
for three years would get me the skills in all facets of performance and the prestige of a
I have now been out of drama school for two and a half years, and have not worked. I was
working before I went to school. The people who were once my colleagues have gathered a
body of work whilst I was away, and are 'more experienced' and for the very rare theatre
audition I do get, I am allowed to show my piece once before being ushered out the door. I
am quite simply out of touch.
Sour grapes, I here you say; well, yes. I have always been encouraged by
everybody, told to take the path of training, then you look at the likes of the STC and
they are making stars out of 18 year olds, or raking in the bucks from ex Home and Away
stars. The so called elite theatre industry is so hell bent on making money that it is
turning to these individuals in the hope that they will bring in money, leaving those of
us who have trained to fall away.
WAAPA Graduate, Perth
WHERE'S WIM'S FILMS?
I have been trying to hire/buy locally, 2 movies by German director Wim
They are Wings of Desire (1987) and the sequel Faraway, So Close (1993).
So far, including my searches on the Web, have been unsuccessful. I have also checked with
the major video chains, VideoEzy and Blockbuster.
I wonder if you would be able to indulge me as to -
1) The original Australian distributor(s) for these films.
2) A retailer(s) who may be able to supply, or at least source a supply
3) I would prefer the original German with English sub-titles in preference to any dubbed
Thank you in anticipation of any assistance you may be able to provide.
Bruce Herford, Coffs Harbour
Louise replies: Both Wings of Desire and Faraway, So Close were released
theatrically by Dendy. The two titles were originally available in a double pack, but
according to Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (who released them on video), the video
rights are now with Queensland based Magna Pacific (Tel: 07 3267 1113). Business
Development Manager Sue Spatny has advised that they will not be receiving details of
their new catalogue for another month, but you can email her on firstname.lastname@example.org & she will let you
know availability in due course, or you can check out their website at www.magnapacific.com.au. Both titles are
available to rent from Video Drama (Tel: 02 9331 3158) email@example.com. They are located at 90
Oxford St, Darlinghurst, but only rent to locals. Good luck!
US DOWN TO A T
I've been an Urban Cinefile visitor for quite some time now. I sometimes
forget to tell everyone about you guys - and was wondering whether there are any Urban
Cinefile T-shirts that could help me spread the good word?
Andrew replies: We don't - yet. But we'll get onto it. What size are
you? By the way, interesting sites you've got there...
I was just wondering if per chance the wonderful people at Urban Cinefile
would happen to know the release dates for THE CROW-SALVATION. Local cinemas claim no
knowledge of this movie at all (although this doesn't surprise me). I know the soundtrack
is already out, and though you may know something we don't. Thanks for all your help, and
keep up the great website and newsletter.
Louise replies: Also known as Crow 3, I'm afraid release date hasn't
as yet been set in Australia. At present it isn't on the slate for the rest of 2000, but
of course this could change.
Just wanted to let you know I am really impressed with your site because of your
well-balanced movie reviews, interviews, and DVD and soundtrack reviews. I
recently bought a DVD player and like to know what the film transfer is like on some DVDs.
It's exciting that some great classics are starting to hit Australian shore such as
Vertigo (Collector's Edition), Casablanca, Jason & The Argonaughts (which I intend to
purchase tomorrow). Rumour has it that there will be a new version of the Right Stuff on a
single sided disk. I hope this rumour is true as I like this movie, and prefer to have a
single sided disc than a flipper. October Sky looks a really nice movie too. I might buy
it on Friday as well.
Peter Longworth, Newcastle
We Say: Thanks for your comments and have asked Warner Home Video if
a new version of The Right Stuff is imminent. Look out for our Casablanca review next
Well, what a wonderful surprise. Somehow I've stumbled on your site. The
reviews are just great, what really floored me was to see the Front Up man doing the
Andrew L .Urban must have the best job in the world.
PS what does the L stand for?
Needless to say the page is now bookmarked.
Andrew replies: Glad you found us. L stands for Lajos (roughly Luis) after my maternal
WORKING HIPPOS FOUND
I maybe able to help Stuart out with his quest for the Hungry hungry
hippos' board game. I have FOUR working hippos on my old game!!!! I am based
in Adelaide as well. Feel free to forward this email on to him...
Cheers guys! Your wbsite just jumped to my number one fave!!!
CANADA ON LINE
Please put me on the list to receive your weekly newsletter. FYI, we
are a production and distribution company in Canada - some of our upcoming releases are
TWO HANDS, IN A SAVAGE LAND and PASSION. Your site's quite good, we go there regularly and
find it informative, well laid out and fun. Keep up the good work.
Ed: You're on the list - and please note: WE don't blame Canada.
Congratulations on your fabulous site, I look forward to
receiving [the Movie Club Newsletter] every Wednesday afternoon. Is anyone there able to
help me get my hands on soundtracks to two recent movies, Twin Falls Idaho and Girl On a
Bridge? I have tried every shop and Internet site around to no avail, you are my last
Thanks in advance
Louise replies: New Vision Film Distributors has advised that there
was no soundtrack released for Girl on a Bridge, but they had many enquiries; Columbia
TriStar advised that there is no music distributor for Twin Falls Idaho in Australia. A US
supplier of soundtracks online would probably be your best bet. Good luck.
WORKING HIPPOS WANTED
I'm after a second-hand 'Hungry Hungry Hippos' board game. If anyone has one
or knows of someone who has one please email me. Will pay average sums of money!! (Note:
Must have most balls and at least 3 working hippos!!!!!)
Stuart Finlay, South Australia
Ed: If you have one, email us here and we'll pass it on to Stuart -
no commission taken :)