Films of the decade with Davis Rivera — WOAE084

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Film scholar Davis Rivera shares his favourite films of the 2010s including narrative films, documentaries and a couple of exceptional stand-out series. Davis has kept a record of his personal ratings of films since he was aged 13 and has a database of more than 3000 film ratings. These are his picks of the decade.

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Davis Rivera’s favourite films of the decade:

1. The Hunt (2012) directed by Thomas Vinterberg, and written by Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg

2. Rules Don’t Apply (2016) directed and written by Warren Beatty

3. Melancholia (2011) directed and written by Lars von Trier

4. Happy Hour (2015) directed by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, and written by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, Tadashi Nohara, Tomoyuki Takahashi

5. The Turin Horse (2011) directed by Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, and written by László Krasznahorkai and Béla Tarr

6. Hereditary (2018) directed and written by Ari Aster

7. American Sniper (2014) directed by Clint Eastwood, and based on the memoir by Chris Kyle

8. The Staircase (2018) directed and written by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

9. River of Fundament (2014) directed by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, and inspired by the Norman Mailer novel Ancient Evenings

10. Hacksaw Ridge (2016) directed by Mel Gibson, and based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector

11. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) directed by Raúl Ruiz, and based on the 1854 novel by Camilo Castelo Branco

12. Jackass 3D (2010) produced by Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze, and directed by Jeff Tremaine

13. Lenny Cooke (2013) directed by Josh and Benny Safdie

14. The Last of the Unjust (2013) directed by Claude Lanzmann

15. The Counselor (2013) directed by Ridley Scott, and written by Cormac McCarthy

Other notable mentions:

The Image Book (2018) directed and written Jean-Luc Godard

Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) created by David Lynch and Mark Frost

Jesus is King (2019) produced by Kanye West, and directed by Nick Knight

Films by Kelly Reichardt: Certain women (2016) and Meek’s Cutoff (2010) and others

Vectorology and gene therapy, Dr Leszek Lisowski — WOAE083

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An explanation of vectorology and genome editing and how viral vectors are used in gene therapy. Dr Leszek Lisowski is a molecular biologist who is Group Leader of Translational Vectorology at the Children’s Medical Research Institute and Manager of its Vector and Genome Engineering Facility.

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Beverly Hills 90210 with Liz Marques — WOAE082

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A nostalgia trip for those who lived through it and a cheat sheet for those seeking an introduction to the premise and characters of the TV series Beverly Hills 90210. This conversation with pop culture aficionado Liz Marques is a primer for watching the reboot, BH90210.

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Podcasting Q&A with middle school students — WOAE081

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Answering questions asked by Year 8 students from Christian College, Geelong about the processes of creating a podcast. The students are researching, scripting and recording their own podcasts for a Digital News unit of study.

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Below are time markers for sections and questions to help the students find the most relevant parts for their assignments.

00:00–01:48 Introduction

01:48–04:48 Script writing

04:48–09:35 Sounds and voices

09:35–11:42 Structure

11:42–17:58 Generating ideas

17:58–19:20  Research

19:20–21:30 Key tips

21:30–23:00 Final thoughts

Special thanks the to the Geelong Cats Football Club for approving the use of the Club theme song.

Audio from the following video was used as an example of vox pops along with a recommendation for the YouTube channel Behind the News

The Avengers and Marvel Cinematic Universe with Jeremy Ray from Fandom — WOAE080

A guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Jeremy Ray, Managing Editor for FANDOM. If you’re interested in The Avengers but the thought of catching up with 23 movies is stopping you from investing time in the series this conversation should help you get on board. You’ll find an introduction to some of the Avengers characters and a snapshot of the story arcs across the three phases of Marvel movies as well as a short list of 5 or 6 must see films.

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The FANDOM Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki lists the movies in chronological order should you want to follow along with that part of the conversation.

This episode was recorded at the FANDOM headquarters in Sydney and the feature image on the podcast post webpage is a photo of an entire wall in the Marvel meeting room there.

 

 

Introduction to Chemistry, Dr Adrian George — WOAE079

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A conversation about chemistry with no assumed knowledge. Chemist Dr Adrian George explains some of the history of chemistry as a discipline and gives an introduction to foundational concepts along with examples of how the knowledge of Chemistry is applied and can explain so much around us. Adrian is a senior lecturer with the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

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Theresa May’s resignation and the problems of Brexit — WOAE078

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The resignation of Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party and the end of her Prime Ministership is a moment to revisit some of my conversation with former Number 10 advisor Nick Rowley about the problems of Brexit and the challenges faced by government leaders in the UK along with some additional thoughts about this development.


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