Category: The Arts

Music composer and theatre maker, Tim Hansen

Music composer and theatre maker, Tim Hansen

Tim Hansen's creative pursuits are informed by his university studies of theatre media, music composition and music theory (across three degrees) as well as his lifelong love of music and performing. You'll hear about Tim's approach to composing, performing and teaching young people music and his recent exploration of satire and musical theatre as a form of political activism. While sharing strong views about shortfalls of investment in the arts, Tim is optimistic that Covid lockdowns have reminded people of the value of shared cultural experiences.

Films of the decade with Davis Rivera — WOAE084

Films of the decade with Davis Rivera — WOAE084

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. … Continue reading Films of the decade with Davis Rivera — WOAE084

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

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 any 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.

Films for the Halloween season with Davis Rivera – WOAE068

Films for the Halloween season with Davis Rivera – WOAE068

Dread, surrealism, trash and a good dose of slasher movies—a discussion of films appropriate for the Halloween season. Davis Rivera is a programmer for the Austin Film Society and a cinephile with an MSt in Film Aesthetics from the University of Oxford.

Crate digging for music with Banga – WOAE051

Crate digging for music with Banga – WOAE051

Danny Chifley a.k.a. Banga is a familiar voice on Sydney radio station 2SER where he hosts Friday Drive and co-hosts the hip hop program Hardcore Classic. He is a funk, soul and hip hop music aficionado who has recorded and performed as part of the groups Chaos Maths and Dirtbox Kings. Banga has an impressive vinyl record collection and here he shares five albums to look out for when crate digging in Australia. 

Banjo and old-time music, Joe Glover – WOAE048

Banjo and old-time music, Joe Glover – WOAE048

Old-time is a genre of American folk music which developed in the Appalachian Mountains region from a fusion of British/Irish folk and West African musical traditions.  Joe Glover is banjo player for the band Shelley's Murder Boys and he explains the roots of old-time music along with sharing techniques for playing the banjo and banjo making. Joe also plays harmonica for the blues band Backsliders.

Literature and art, Sarah Houillon, Oxford – WOAE041

Literature and art, Sarah Houillon, Oxford – WOAE041

From Ovid's Metamorphoses to the poetry of Charles Bukowski, the textual nuances of Flaubert's Madame Bovary, and the genre-bending of Jamaica Kincaid's The Autobiography of My Mother, Sarah Houillon shares insights from her broad interest in literature and her own artistic inclinations. Sarah has been a fellow of New College, Oxford where she taught French literature and language and a member of Pembroke College, Oxford as a graduate of English literature. 

Religion and film, Dr Chris Deacy, Kent – WOAE032

Religion and film, Dr Chris Deacy, Kent – WOAE032

Theologian Dr Chris Deacy from the University of Kent in Canterbury specialises in analysing the intersections of religion and secular films. Chris explains his approach with reference to popular films including Groundhog Day and Fight Club. We also discuss some philosophical questions about religion and Chris shares stories from his formative years and his discovery of film and theological studies.

And the winner is… The Jungle Book

And the winner is… The Jungle Book

An explanation of why The Jungle Book was recognised for best visual effects at the Academy Awards. Below is an excerpt of my pre-Oscars conversation with James Whitlam from Framestore. James explains the visual effects techniques used in the film based on the five categories it won at the Visual Effects Society Awards beginning with Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.

Film visual effects, James Whitlam – WOAE027

Film visual effects, James Whitlam – WOAE027

Learn about the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects this year. You'll hear industry and technical knowledge from James Whitlam who is executive producer of film at Framestore in London where he's currently in final delivery on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Previously James worked with Iloura as a producer on Deepwater Horizon, which is one of the nominees this year, and with Rising Sun Pictures on five of the Harry Potter movies, Wolverine, Superman and other major Hollywood films. James shares insights from his 25 year career in visual effects.

Stax soul music, Tim Sampson, Memphis – WOAE006

Stax soul music, Tim Sampson, Memphis – WOAE006

Tim Sampson is communications director for the Soulsville Foundation which runs the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Stax Music Academy, and the Soulsville Charter School in Memphis. We discuss the history of Stax Records including artists Booker T. Jones, Otis Redding, Jean Knight, the Staple Singers, and Isaac Hayes as well as the establishment and operation of Soulsville which Tim has been involved with since day one.

Independent musician Miss Joyce, Memphis – WOAE005

Independent musician Miss Joyce, Memphis – WOAE005

Miss Joyce is a Memphis soul/R&B singer with an inspirational story. Joyce Howard-Hemans was a preacher’s kid who found a secular spirituality and left home at fourteen to carve out her own place in the world. She’s faced hardships including a period of homelessness and losing multiple friends to gang violence and she’s channelled her experiences into her music and songwriting.

Country music, Professor Don Cusic, Nashville – WOAE004

Country music, Professor Don Cusic, Nashville – WOAE004

Don Cusic is Curb Professor of Music Industry History at Belmont University in Nashville. He's been in the music business for 45 years as a journalist, record producer, artist manager and songwriter. Don explains the development of the Nashville Sound and discusses country stars Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and others and what it was like working with Roy Orbison at Monument Records.