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Interview : Harriet Dyer from Killing Ground

K.T Simpson



In 2005, “Wolf Creek” scared us all out of travelling in the Australian Outback. If you thought you’d gotten over that terror, another film is here to scare you – but this time out of camping. “Killing Ground” sees a romantic camping trip take a horrific turn after the couple stumble upon an horrific crime.

The film is directed by Damien Power and stars Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows, Aaron Glenane, Aaron Pederson and Tiarnie Coupland.
Katie spoke to star Harriet Dyer about “Killing Ground”, “Love Child”, her upcoming projects and her life in between countries.

Dyer is currently living in the suburbs of LA, right behind the Hollywood sign, and notes that it’s very surreal.

“You can see the sign from here, and it honestly doesn’t look real,” she says. “It looks photoshopped! But it’s a perfect reminder of where I am and the opportunities I’m chasing.”

Dyer stars as lead Sam in “Killing Ground”, who goes camping in a secluded spot near Sydney with partner Ian (played by Ian Meadows), on a romantic getaway to take a break from the hustle and bustle of real life.

She commented on the difficulty on filming “Killing Ground” – not because of the character, but due to the weather.

“It rained non-stop! It made it so hard to film to a deadline, as it was always raining.

“It’s quite ironic that the producer’s name is Weatherstone, because the God’s of weather certainly did not smile on us! It was the wettest September on record, and rained every day. Originally we had 25 days to film, but we had to extend to 28 days due to the unpredictable weather.

“Killing Ground was also a very physical production to film. Damien [Power, the director] made it really fun on set, so you didn’t get caught up in the story too much after filming. I was able to snap out of the darkness very quickly afterwards and was my usual fun and happy self. I approached the role by thinking of it as an actor, which helped keep the pitch.”

Despite the tumultuous weather, they got the movie in the bag and Dyer is very proud of the result (as she should be!) A self-confessed lover of the horror genre, Dyer enjoys playing roles of all kinds.

“I love Wolf Creek, and I’ll admit Killing Ground did scare me off camping in the same way Wolf Creek turned me off the Australian Outback. However I have a weird reaction to terror. I laugh at the bits that are scary, and have to hold my hand over my mouth so I don’t laugh at inappropriate moments!”

Dyer calls “Misery” with Kathy Bates is her absolute favourite movie. As previously mentioned, she also enjoys “Wolf Creek”, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and other similar movies in the realm of horror.

As she’s been involved in both TV and film, Dyer noted the big difference in filming the two is definitely the time and money.

“With feature films, they’re very budget dependent, which means that the time you have to film is greatly reduced. On the other hand, there’s never any problem with budget with Channel 9, so you generally have more flexibility with filming. Time is money, after all.”

As for film inspirations, Dyer commented that any movie with a strong female lead is inspiring to her – particularly Kathy Bates in “Misery”, and Toni Collette in “Muriel’s Wedding”.

“I also love “Monster”, with Charlize Theron. I could watch that over and over! I guess I see a strong female lead, and want to make other people feel the way she makes ME feel.”

As you can see, her taste in films is quite vast, and similarly in her career, she enjoys playing a variety of roles. One of Dyer’s most popular roles was as Patricia on “Love Child”, a drama set in the 1960s. She’s also set to star in “The Other Guy”, a comedy series exclusive to Stan in August.

“”The Other Guy” finished filming a couple of weeks ago. It’s 6 episodes long and you can see it on Stan from August 17. I play a really fun and funny character.”

When asked about her favourite character she’s played thus far, Harriet had a few answers:

“I loved playing Stevie in “The Other Guy”, I had so much fun playing her. But also I loved the strength in Sam [“Killing Ground”] and the naivety in Patricia [“Love Child”], so they’ve all been great for different reasons. But overall, Stevie, yeah Stevie! [laughs]”

So what is she doing next? Harriet’s coming back down under for a promotional trail for both “Killing Ground” and “The Other Guy”, and then returns to the States to take on meetings in LA to expand her network.

“I figured at age 28 it was time to roll the dice, take the risk and put myself out there, which is why I travel back and forth to LA. It’s a great way to network and get great career opportunities.

“I’m going to be filming a sci-fi film soon, in Western Australia. The title of the film isn’t confirmed yet, so I won’t say what it’s called, but they’re currently looking for another lead. I can’t say much more but it should be a great film. It’s been in the pipeline for quite some time now.”

You can check out “Killing Ground” NOW in select theatres in the US, and on iTunes. Aussies, see it in theatres from August 24th! Have a look at the chilling trailer below.


Reboot-Palooza : Willow, Dawson’s Creek, Warm Bodies next?

Ron Howard says “serious discussions” are underway to bring the ’80s fantasy to TV

Caffeinated Clint



Remakes, reboots, revivals and returns are the new school socks – the turn-over rate is high.

Today, news on a “Willow” reboot series (this is the thing Ron Howard’s been hinting at for a while now) for Disney Plus, a possible revival of “Dawson’s Creek” (I’ll believe it when I see it) and a television adaptation of a saccharine spooker from a couple of years ago.


George Lucas had long wanted to turn ’80s fantasy film “Willow”, which Howard directed and the former Lucasfilm CEO produced, into a series. He won’t have anything to do with it, but his initial proposition looks to have come off.

According to the former Ritchie Cunningham, Disney’s streaming division is looking at bringing Warwick Davis’s pint-sized adventurer to TV.

Howard tells MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that they’re in “serious discussions” to make it happen.

“Warwick is so cool and so good and he’s such a good actor that I really hope we get the chance to see the mature Willow in action,” the “Solo” director said.

The 1988 film, which also starred Val Kilmer, Jean Marsh, Billy Barty, Joanne Whalley and Kevin Pollak, starred “Return of the Jedi” actor Davis as a dwarf who reluctantly agrees to protect a special infant named Elora Danan from an evil queen. Kilmer played the mercenary swordsman that assists in the mission.


Warwick Davis in “Willow”


Most folks involved in the original take have never expressed too much enthusiasm for a “Dawson’s Creek” reboot, but according to the couple who played the title character’s parents on the hit show – the original cast, and creator Kevin Williamson, might have had a change of mind.

The revelation comes via John Wesley Shipp and Mary-Margaret Humes who recently went off about not being invited to feature in Entertainment Weekly’s March 2018 reunion cover.

“I did take it a little more personally [than John] because there was all this talk about a possible reunion,” Humes told Us Weekly. “Because I’d been doing all of this on Instagram, which I — just a couple months before, I felt like I was helping to make a reunion happen. Not a photo shoot, but actually bring the show back by revisiting what it was like.”

“She’s the one that keeps in touch with the kids, I keep in touch with the kids through her. It’s kind of like a stereotypical marriage,” Shipp added. “You have to realize that that was the role that [she] fulfilled in the company and on the set. She was the glue that kept everybody going out together. She had the boat, making sure that everyone was taken care of, doing the footage. Giving the parties when people had birthdays.”

The actress now believes her efforts have led to something positive though – ‘reboot’ talk.

“I’m glad I spoke out, because Katie [Holmes] called me, James [Van Der Beek] called me, Kerr [Smith] called me, Kevin [Williamson] texted me, Julie Plec texted me,” she told the publication. “It reunited us, and now there is actual talk about, secret talk, like, ‘Maybe we should do this.’ So, fingers crossed. I don’t know anything more than anybody else, but there has been a group text going around saying, ‘Maybe it’s time.’”

James Van Der Beek in “Dawson’s Creek”


Out plugging his wonderful frickin’ rom-com “Long Shot”, director Jonathan Levine has confirmed plans for a small-screen take on his sweet zombie comedy from a couple of years ago, “Warm Bodies”.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Levine has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate that encompasses film and TV. As part of the dead, he’ll be producing “Warm Bodies: The TV show”.

Former Lionsgate exec Gillian Bohrer is launching Levin’s new prod co Megamix with the filmmaker, and said in statement that, “Jonathan and I have a shared passion for movies that defy conventional wisdom about what defines a ‘commercial movie.’ I loved the diverse slate of projects I was able to shepherd at Lionsgate, and we’re delighted to bring Megamix to a company that believes in taking risks.”

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer starred in the 2013 movie.

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer in “Warm Bodies”



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Caffeinated Clint’s Ten Favourite Films of 2018

And also his least favourite films of the year!

Caffeinated Clint



I don’t know that it was a great year for movies – in fact, most of the films I’d been anticipating bit me like a leech on the testicle – but that doesn’t mean there still wasn’t some tasty meat in between the pellets. For every “Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom” there was a “Blackkklansman”, and for every [Insert Amy Schumer Movie Title] Here there was “Boy Erased”. Studios stuck to the recent norm of putting style over substance when it came to their tentpoles, leaving so many of the hotly anticipated and unyieldingly-promoted fare from the likes of chafing disappointments, but those major independent labels and artistic auteurs more than made up for any bugs in the system, smearing MacAfee virus removal all over the marquee with their distinct, diverse and surprisingly unique offerings.

The year’s biggest surprise  – if only because it was a project that had been simmering away for the better part of fifteen years, losing director after director, leads after leads – was undoubtedly “A Star is Born”, which not only introduced audiences to ‘up and coming’ actress Lady Gaga, whose name will now be firmly cemented in cinema as much as it’s been in music, but also tyro director Bradley Cooper, who took on a discarded Eastwood project and put his own unique and powerful spin on it. Sure, it’s a story we’d seen time and time again (in fact, this is the fourth version of “A Star is Born”), but it was the chemistry of the leads, those dynamite performances, and the emotion carved into the libretto that kept critics and audiences hooked.

Like Cooper, freshman director Joel Edgerton also hit it out of the park this year with his turn behind the camera – “Boy Erased”. What a film that was. Just sublime. Powerful stuff.

On the no-surprise front, the always-dependable “Mission : Impossible” franchise continued to impress – is it the only series that actually improves as it goes on!? – just as much as its headline act, Tom Cruise, does with the most entertaining, most skilled blockbuster of the year “Fallout”. Featuring a killer turn from Henry Cavill as its hulking villain, eye-popping stunts and action sequences, and endless reminders why Tom Cruise is still the most bankable box-office star of our times, sixth time was the charm for the now 22-year-old movie franchise.

If one genre had the monopoly on the ‘best of’ list this year it was the family category, with everything from Paramount’s “Bumblebee”, Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, and Sony Animation’s “Spider-Man : Into the Spider-Verse” all topping most live-action fare when it comes to sheer storytelling, allure and uniqueness. Seems the computer maketh some awesome filmeth!

Also very solid, the superhero movie fare of 2018 – sure, there were the fun, enjoyable time-passers like “Deadpool 2” and “Aquaman” but at the top end of the scale were some truly magnificent pieces, like the ground-breaking and exceedingly breathtaking “Black Panther” from Marvel.

Bearing in mind I’m still to catch up with quite a few movies that have made most Top Ten lists (including “If Beale Street Could Talk”, “Green Book”, “Suspiria” and “First Reformed”) here are my top ten favourite movies of 2018 :


A Star is Born

Mission : Impossible  – Fallout

Boy Erased


A Quiet Place

Black Panther

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Avengers : Infinity War

Game Night

The Incredibles 2


Runners-Up : Annihilation, Bumblebee, Spider-Man : Into the Spider-Verse, Ant-Man & The Wasp


And, for me, these were the least enjoyable films of the year…



Super Troopers 2

Holmes & Watson

I Feel Pretty

Truth or Dare

Oceans 8



The Predator

Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom

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Apparently Sinbad stars in the new Aladdin?

Don’t worry, he’ll be a Man in Blue come summer 2019

Caffeinated Clint



The Fresh Prince of Blue Heir.

Disney have unveiled a first look at Will Smith’s Genie from the upcoming live-action (in case you haven’t heard, that’s the latest thing Disney have dampened their undies for lately) ‘Aladdin’, and I gotta tell you, it is absolutely beautiful to see such full those hearts at Christmastime… as evident in social media responses.

For the record, and if it helps with the eye chafing, the character will be ‘blue’ in the finished film. Mike Lowery said it himself. In other words, the movie is going to be the shizzle. All it needs is a blue genie, after all. Right!?

Some other pics from the upcoming flick are below, but first, a new photo from Disney’s upcoming “Lion King” adaptation – here’s Mufasa.

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