Introducing the Cinemascape team….
David Michael Brown is a British ex-pat living in Sydney, Australia. Working as a freelance writer he contributes to Filmink, The Big Issue, SBS Movies, Rolling Stone and Empire Magazine, where he was Senior Editor for almost nine years. He is presently researching a book on the film music of German electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream. A huge fan of the trashier side of cult films, his love of the movies of Russ Meyer, John Waters and Mario Bava shows no bounds: he proudly declares that Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! and Danger: Diabolik are his all-time favorite films and meeting A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell was the biggest thrill of his professional career thus far. He can be followed on twitter @davembrown
Maren Smith enjoys making and consuming anything that moves and fits in rectangles with a variety of different aspect ratios, as well as many things that don’t. She’s a graduate from UTS with BA in Communications (Media Arts & Production) / BA in International Studies (German), and has completed an Honours year in Arts (Film Theory) at USyd. She currently works as a freelance film producer, director and assistant director. Maren is currently producing independent feature film One Less God. Maren’s words on the subject of film, art and other consumables can be found here – marenwordsmith.wordpress.com or twitter @marensmith
Evie Tonelli is a Scots born and bred lassie who travelled Down Under for new adventures and found they were waiting for her there … she’s all about words in her daytime job as a Senior Editor in Children’s Books, and all about movies in her spare time. Book-adaptation movies are reviewed with a keen eye, but her love of vampire movies, rom-coms (only the decent ones) and documentaries ensures her tastes stay wide and varied. Evie has been a part of the Cinemascape team for over 10 years and is hoping it’s not another decade before she’s awarded an honorary Oscar for services to movie reviewing. Her favourite movie is Bringing Up Baby. Anyone who doesn’t immediately love this film is off her Christmas card list. Seriously.
Jim Mitchell has been a professional movie reviewer and journo since 2003, but first and foremost a movie lover since he was a glint in his father’s eye. The genre of film doesn’t matter as much as the quality (although throw Jim a decent thriller or a vintage Hugh Grant rom-com and he’s yours). With a healthy dose of irreverence, Jim loves to give a movie praise where it’s due and equally – because moviegoing is damn expensive these days – loves to stick the boot in when it’s not. Jim doesn’t do subtitles but will make the odd exception for an amazing film if he’s in the mood to read a movie. He also likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Erin O’Sullivan is a digital producer and media artist who spends most of her life staring at a screen of one type or another. She studied a BA (hons) digital media at UNSW Art & Design and likes to re-edit and remix found footage into new, sociopolitical narratives. Her favourite genres are science fiction, adventure, westerns, and the Fast & Furious franchise.
Amber Virtue is movie obsessed. She watches everything and is more often in the cinema then anywhere else. Her favourite films are anything paranormal, super natural or just down right thrilling! She is an actor / TV presenter, well known for her work on the Disney Channel Austral-Asia, hosting Studio D for 4 years. During Amber’s time on Studio D she was nominated for an Astra Award for most popular presenter on Australian Television. Studio D was nominated several times for Logie Awards for most popular children’s program. Amber also lends her hand to script writing, short film making and teaching performing arts across Sydney. Her favourite film of all time is the Never Ending Story.