Archive | August, 2010

Check out the ‘Esoterica’ trailer

17 Aug

If you haven’t already done so then you must check out the trailer for Nakatomi Pictures’ upcoming neo noir thriller ‘Esoterica’.  Don’t be alarmed if your browser is cropping the video.  Simply click on the red headline of this post to go to a dedicated page.

Nakatomi Profile: Richard Mellick, Actor

13 Aug

Nakatomi Profile is a section featuring interviews with collaborators and artists we have worked with.

Who are you? What is your background?

I have no idea who I am.  I’ve been trying to work it out for 44 years but nothing has become clear yet. I’ve been a school kid, song writer, poet, actor, bushwalker, telemarketer, public servant, director, playwright, sleaze bag, single parent, and recently a grandfather!! Will that do?? My ancestral background is Lebanese and Irish. My professional background is dodgy and my personal background is Sydney, Broome, Fitzroy Crossing and now Perth. I worked in Indigenous theatre for ten years and toured to the most remote places in Australia. My son’s mother is from the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. I’m a middle class son of a doctor from Beecroft, Sydney.

What attracted you to Esoterica?

What attracted me?? Meeting Sam was a great moment because for some reason he believed I could play the role. Not many directors have this response to me.

Tell us about the role you played?
Making the film was so long ago i remember nothing about the role I played except the costume Sandy got for me. Oh, hang on, I remember this really sexy woman (mel) sitiing on my lap and slapping me. (I already knew Mel. We worked together on Lockie Leonard and I told her I wanted to have her baby. She didn’t believe me so we went to the tent and had breakfast instead)

Do you have a process?
I have a process and it always starts with 3 large joints….. only kidding—- 3 large pots of tea. I start by reading my the script. I know that sounds unusual but that’s what they told us to do at NIDA. Then, I pray pray pray that somehow the director will tell me what to do. If he/she doesn’t, I panic and usually end up on the cutting room floor.

What was the shooting like?
Shooting Estorica was probably the most bizarre experience of my life. I was doing Shakespeare In The Park playing an 80 year old man (Adam) and then going on set from 11pm until dawn. I would drive home feeling like someone had taken my brain out. And I was lucky! The crew did this for 5 weeks straight! The food was good and again Sam was too. He told me what to do and I just did it ( I think. Lets see on Sunday at the preview………)

What have you done since the shooting of ‘Esoterica’?
Since Estorica I have been to Bali, buried my father, split up with my girlfriend, watch my 18 year old son leave home and again, become a grandfather. Isn’t that enough??

Give us your top ten film performances and why.
Robert De Niro in everything he has ever done. Except that really dumb film where he plays a prison escapee. (I know Sam, that answer is such a cop out)

Robert DeNiro


Nakatomi+Brains?=this post

9 Aug

Ruslan Kulski runs Brains?, which features news about filmmaking in the world’s most isolated city, Perth.  The delightful Mr Kulski took time out on a Saturday to meet with us and grill us about our sophomore feature ‘Esoterica’.  This week the site will feature several of our pithy responses on a range of topics.  Below is the first video in the series where we were asked a seemingly simple question; “What is Esoterica?”. Check out the site and don’t forget to subscribe!