Category Archives: Alex Proyas

Robert Stark talks to Richard Wolstencroft about Muff 19 & the debut of Supply
















Robert Stark and Matthew Pegas talk to director Richard Wolstencroft about the upcoming 19th Melbourne Underground Film Festival (Muff 19).


Richard’s founding of MUFF in 2000
The opening film Mark Savage’s Purgatory Road
The discovery of Saw creator James Wan and Wolf Creek creator Greg McLean
The importance of exposure for underground filmmakers
Past guests including Alex Proyas, Jim Van Bebber and Bret Easton Ellis
The debut of Robert and Matthew’s film (((Supply))) about Luke Ford
Steve Bannon’s “Trump @ War” and Lauren Southern’s Farmlands
LGBT filmmaker Bruce LaBruce’s Ulrike’s Brain
The MUFF censorship controversy and David Cole’s article Gays Against MUFF
The festival’s theme of radical free speech
Richard’s contrarian nature and opposition to elite forced consensus
Importance of political diversity and the ideas of the New Right, Old Left, Alt Center, and Social Libertarianism
Boyd Rice, Adam Parfrey, and Apocalypse Culture

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Robert Stark and Richard Wolstencroft discuss The Film Dark City










Robert Stark, co-host Pilleater, and Count Isidor Fosco, talk to filmmaker Richard Wolstencroft about the film Dark City(1998) directed by Alex Proyas.


Australian director Alex Proyas, his background in Punk, and his style
Proyas’s films The Crow, Gods of Egypt, and Knowing
Proyas rebelling against the conformity of Hollywood Cinema
Comparisons to the Matrix which came out a year later and the theme of a meta reality
The setting of the City in a Space Ship disconnected from earth, the theme of parallel universes, and comparisons to the Truman Show
The role of “the Others” in the film; the metaphor for powerful people who manipulate reality from behind the scenes
How the others switch peoples memories and give them false memories; comparisons to Ghost in a Shell
The Gothic and Neo Noire Genres
The aesthetics of the film; Decopunk, Metropolis, Edward Hopper, and other influences
The irony of dystopian films is that they often succeed in creating utopian aesthetics
The films success in building upon the sense of mystery
The theme of man becoming a “God Like” figure restructuring society as a utopia
Plato’s allegory of the Cave and the Ship of Theseus
The symbolism of Shell Beach
The directors cut vs. the theatrical cut

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