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Esoterica reviewed by Scary Minds

30 Jan

Those twisted guys at Scary Minds have given the almighty thumbs up to Esoterica, awarding the film an 8/10 rating.  The comprehensive and thoughtful analysis ends by proclaiming that Esoterica is the sort of movie that reminds us what cinema is all about”.

Their reviews are insightful and always entertaining.  Check out the full review here and be sure to have a look at the many other reviews on their site.  The Aussie section is a real standout.

Esoterica released on DVD January 19th!

6 Jan

An endless night.
A seedy photographer.
A slighted hooker.
A kidnapped child.
A desperate search.
A race against time.
A mystery like no other.

Nakatomi Pictures’ neo-noir thriller Esoterica is available on DVD as of January 19th.

Support the film by buying or renting a copy today.  Esoterica is available from many on-line sellers including Ezydvd, Fishpond and JB-HiFi.

Annette Basile of Filmink describes the film as “a triumph of imagination over minimal budget. What these West Australian filmmakers lacked in cold hard cash they made up for in cool creative flair. On this level alone, the upcoming Esoterica impresses. But it has the other stuff that matters too – a good script, great performances and an actual plot”.

Sororal has begun

7 Feb

Today marked the first day of principal photography on Nakatomi Pictures third feature Sororal.  Over the next six weeks an increasingly pale looking cast and crew will travel all around Perth, at very unsociable hours, in order to bring the latest Nakatomi thriller to the world.  The film is a strange, ‘giallo’ inspired nightmare that follows a tormented and troubled young artist named Cassie, who is plagued by visions of murder and mayhem.  Her world is turned upside down when she discovers that her hallucinations are in fact real murders with real victims.  To say any more would only spoil the fun.  Sororal is projected for completion by the end of 2011 and is sure to be the most audacious work yet from Nakatomi Pictures.  Pictures and video of the action packed shoot are on their way.

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!

Nakatomi Profile: Eddie Stowers, Actor

26 Jul

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

Who are you? What is your background?

Eddie Stowers,a NZ born Samoan, a Perth resident for 25 years. I arrived here with $300 and a BA (Social Anthropology) from Auckland Uni, a really useful qualification at the time – NOT. I’ve been a film and theatre actor for about 15 years and would do it full time but we have four sons that have a habit of eating every day. Thus I act when I can and otherwise, have a corporate training and development business. In many ways it’s  performing for an audience too, so I’m fortunate.

What attracted you to Esoterica?

I have worked with the NAKATOMI team before, and after working on innumerable short films and a few features, I have found them to be by far the most professional and talented young film makers around. They are fresh yet experienced, friendly but task orientated and they have a well deserved reputation for having efficient, good karma shoots. When it’s 2 am and you’re freezing, hungry, and  covered in sticky fake blood, a great cast and crew helps me be a better actor. Good film makers create an environment where cast and crew can excel and deploy their talent effectively, and I knew ESOTERICA would be that type of shoot.

Ivan, Sam and Dave  are also very business savy, establishing the NAKATOMI brand on a solid foundation of well considered, well executed product. It is only a matter of time before a major player picks them up , and that will be an exciting time for us all.

Tell us about the role you played?

‘Chainsaw’ is a cold blooded killer, who is thorough, business-like but not overly professional i.e. he can bring in good old fashioned spite into a situation. He works with an off sider, who will only ever be an associate rather than a mate, which sums up his persona.  When Sam offered me the part, I accepted immediately, I liked the character. When Peter Mayhew was offered the choice of playing either Chewbacha or Darth Vader, he choose Vader because “everybody remembers the bad guy”. I concur, plus being nasty is often more fun.

Do you have a process?

Because there is so much wank attached to acting,I like to keep things simple and that works for me. So, the one and only question I always ask is “What is my character’s relationship to the other character? ” and behave accordingly. That’s it.  It’s like weighing up a new acqaintance – ask yourself ” Would I want this person to marry into my family?” In a heartbeat, that’ll sort out if they’re a dud or not .

What was the shooting like?

Night shoots are always tough because it’s cold, not much goes to schedule and  you’re tired.  I enjoy all shooting though because I would sincerely love to act for a living and I know that it’s part of the job,so it’s a matter of getting on with it. It’s also why I detest prima donnas. I relish the banter, comaraderie and fun on a good karma,professionally run set and NAKATOMI always look after their people, before, during and after the shoot and that helps smooth out any bumps.

What have you done since the shooting of ‘Esoterica’?

I played OTHELLO, my first lead Shakespearean role, at the 300 seat amphitheatre in Ellenbrook in November 2009. It was genuinely exciting and bloody scary because it’s such a great, famous role. Nothing beats live theatre for an audience response. I also did a play at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2009, huge fun, great audiences and the genuine buzz you get from a major event.  I’ve also done a few bits and pieces of filming, including CRUSH, where I played the lead’s (Chris Egan) sports coach.

Give us your top ten film performances and why

There are a gizillion great performances but one that stands out for me recently is Eddie Murphy’s decline into drug addled paranoia in DREAM GIRLS. The scene where he starts to prep his drug paraphenalia openly during a lavish party is particularly telling – his friends frantically try to dissuade him but Murphy says nothing, tilts his head at them and gives them ‘the look’ – the look that says “Forget it. I’ve had  it, I am spent, it’s all over, this is me…”. It’s the summation of despair and hopelessness and all without a word. And hey, the man can sing too!

Eddie Murphy – DREAM GIRLS