Movie : Backyard Ashes – My exclusive interview with Director Mark Grentell



Every summer, in backyards all over Australia, starry eyed youngsters with dreams of bowling like Mitchell Johnson or batting like Michael Clarke join their dads who still dream of bowling like Glenn McGrath or batting like Steve Waugh in games of backyard cricket. Wheelie bins are transformed into stumps …… fences, BBQ’s, eskys and garden sheds are declared as either in or out……and families and friends negotiate the age limit at which the grown-ups are no longer allowed to help the kids catch or bowl someone out.

It is against this background that this new Aussie movie is set. Well its not quite as simple as a family gathering…… a whinging pom moves in next door to Dougie Waters (oh yeah…..they went there) and after a kerfuffle with a cat, The Backyard Ashes are on! Check out the hilarious trailer….conveniently linked at the end of my post.

So as two of my great loves……. Aussie movies and cricket …… collide, I was lucky enough to have a chat with the movie’s Director Mark Grentell. He is a busy man with the movie going into more cinemas every week but spared some time to answer some questions exclusively for my little blog. YAY!

Here is what he had to say ….. Mark’s answers are in italics.

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Magic Mike Movie Trailers – #MagicMike

At the moment, there are so many Magic Mike trailers out and trying to keep track is exhausting! So in the interest of time management (hey….it’s a valid reason ) I have put them all in one convenient place, on one convenient page so you can like, bookmark and visit whenever ummmmm feel the need. You are welcome 😉

Magic Mike opens in Aussie cinemas July 26

The new NSFW Redband trailer…

The very first official trailer that seems to focus on Mike’s relationship woes *sighs* Yep because that is what we are all looking forward to…..a drama about relationship woes.

The next trailer, for international audiences, got smart and focused more on the strippers. The many, many positive reactions to this trailer made someone sit up and say ‘hmmmm, so they want to see nekid mens huh?’ YES!!!

Prometheus [MA15]


There is a lot of discussion and debate as to whether this is an Alien prequel. Ridley Scott and various cast members are having a seemingly great time fanning these flames and some blogs, sites and discussion forums have put a lot…a LOT….of effort into this.

My research is by no means exhaustive because I believe that you can have too much information and share in too much discussion which can dull your movie-watching experience. But that doesn’t mean I am not looking forward to this movie. Because I am. A lot…

From IMDB :

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

In Aussie cinemas June 7, 2012



Movie Release Dates


I was asked to make a list of movie release dates and coming attractions…. that kind of thing. As you can see, I have gotten as far as making a new tab but it is on it’s way.

I have started with some trailers (which seems to be very popular….thanks everyone!) and will make as comprehensive a list as I can.

And thanks for all the support I have been receiving. It means more to me than you will ever know xoxox


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Total Recall [TBC]

A remake of  the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic, this movie looks impressive. From what I’ve read, there doesn’t seem to be an Earth/Mars connection as in the 1990 version but a futuristic nation vs nation scenario. Interesting how so many movies see our future as a One World State/s battling for supremacy. Hmmmm

Colin Farrell, surprisingly third billed under Kate Beckinsale until you realise her husband is the Director, is our hero with Beckinsale as his ‘wife’. For those not familiar with the story, in the future you can have a life or experience implanted into your brain rather than actually doing it. So you can be anyone you want……a spy, an elite athlete, anyone. But Quaid (Farrell) isn’t who he thinks he is…… who is he? IMDB says:

As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.


For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he’s got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police.

In Aussie Cinemas 6 September 2012


Rock of Ages [M]

Alrighty then..this will either crash and burn or will become an instant cult classic. I don’t think there will be any real in-between. I love and miss the 80’s…..tragic I know….. and as this movie is set in 1987, I can’t help feeling very excited about it. I don’t want to feel excited about it or see it or even talk about it because it stars someone who I loathe and detest with the fire of 1000 suns…… but I will overlook this abject hatred because that’s what a grown up would do *takes a deep breath*

So I will put my personal feelings aside and go and see this movie when it comes put and judge it on it’s merits alone. Promise 🙂

IMDB says:

Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.

In Aussie cinemas 14 June 2012

Brave [PG]

The latest offering from Disney Pixar looks gloriously offbeat. A little Scottish Princess with wild red hair and a fiery disposition to match, refuses to tow the line to the exasperation of her parents and all those around her. She cannot understand why she can’t do what she wants to do, which appears to be archery. Of course, you get the feeling this is most unbecoming to a well brought up young lady who is expected to one day be a well brought up young wife to some boring old Scottish Prince.

Our lass, Princess Merida, will hopefully become a fully fledged Disney Princess, wild red hair and fiery disposition included. Fingers crossed….. IMDB says:

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

In Aussie cinemas 21 June 2012

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift


It’s been quite a while since I watched an Ice Age movie but the franchise is still popular, at the cinema and on DVD (which is preferable for many parents as a trip to the cinema with little ones can be a nightmare), so you can’t argue with that.

Here is what IMDB had to say:

Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

In Aussie cinemas 28 June 2012


Snow White and the Huntsman [M]


Hollywood loves to make their movies in pairs and 2012 is the year of the Snow White retelling. I have already seen and reviewed Mirror, Mirror which is a high camp farce for all ages. This new Snow White movie is something else entirely. It looks dark and gothic with Twilight’s Bella Swan Cullen Kristen Stewart as Snow White.

Charlize Theron as the evil Queen looks gorgeously scary and Chris Hemsworth, last seen in The Avengers is wielding a mighty sword yet again as the ill fated huntsman sent to kill the young Snow White.

I cannot wait for this movie as dark and gothic is certainly my bag baby. Here is what IMDB has to say:

Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen. Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman to kill Snow White. However the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent young woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queen’s reign.

In Aussie cinemas 21 June 2012

Get excited RAWR!!!

The Dictator [CTC]


I loved Ali G. I loved Borat. I thought Bruno was really funny in places but went to far in others, so I am looking forward to seeing what Cohen has in store for us with The Dictator (aka Admiral Aladeen).

Cohen has already caused a stir with this character, most recently spilling the ‘ashes’ of deceased North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il on Ryan Seacrest at this years Oscars.



Just a few days ago, Aladeen had this to say ” I would like to congratulate your dictatoress Elizabeth on her blood diamond jubilee and I hope it is a smooth transition when her son Charles eventually kills her and seizes power”

Sounds interesting at the very least. So here is the basic promo information about the movie and I will be back in a few weeks to let you know what I thought of it.
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Director: Larry Charles

Starring:  Sacha Baron Cohen, Sir Ben Kingsley, John C Riley, Anna Faris

Running Time:  1hrs 30min

Release Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2012


The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.