Another Aussie in LA
Join Ansuya Nathan as she navigates the city of Angels, chatting to some of the shiniest Aussies in L.A., sharing their tales of living, working and playing on this side of the globe.

A Melbourne stand up does a set in LA... And gets a gig writing for Jay Leno. Not a gag, just the facts. That guy is Simon Taylor! We talk about how that crazy thing happenned, why he's happier in Melbourne, being a ghost and gag writer and being both Turtle and Johnny Drama to someone else's Vinnie Chase. My favourite dog, Dusty Biscuits makes a cameo or two.

Direct download: Simon_Taylor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm PST

Join Sam Clark and I for some tea drinking, thigh slapping and existential chat from our mutual hometown, lil' ol' Adelaide. But don't fret conversation is still very much focussed on LA things. We cover hiking (or what Aussies would call walking outside) street sweeping, parking fines and losing jobs to Emilie Hirsch. We bond over our love of acting homework. Sam illuminates how music and acting go hand in hand for him. Tangents are in abundant supply.

Direct download: Sam_Clark.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm PST

Actress Trilby Glover and I cover all things actory things. In her six years in Los Angeles she has experienced the highs and lows of what this city has to offer and she is doing just fine! We talk about working with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, roles that change everything, saying 'yes', the joys of writing partners and how improv can make life better. Things get a little philosophical a few times - my bad!

Direct download: Trilby_Glover.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm PST

Alex is an actor on the rise. His first role outta drama school was playing Julian Assange in Underground. He's in LA for a wee while checking stuff out. We sat down to chat about working with Rachel Griffiths and Anthony LaPaglia, playing someone cleverer than yourself, wrestling with old telecom phone boxes and his time spent serenading South Yarra on the sax. Oh and we came up with the best marketing campaign for Underground: The Julian Assange Story... It's just like Batman Begins! Yup. You heard us...

Direct download: Alex_Williams.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm PST

This is a chat with Michael Schwarz - One third of Full Clip Productions with brother John and buddy Sam Worthington. Mike is a proper "Don't call 'em graphic novels" comic book fan! He shares the ups and downs of constantly being 6 weeks away from shooting, what it's like to lose to Harvey Weinstein or take script notes from Lorenzo di Bonaventura and his role as trusted advisor on comic book films for Sam. Note: it will make Hollywood agents curious as to who the hell you are!

Direct download: Michael_Schwarz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:08pm PST

Comedian Sam Simmons isn't mad for LA but it seems to be keen on his comedy. We chat about the being a professional idiot, Los Angeles as the scene for the apocalypse, how ACE the Australian film Animal Kingdom is, the death of whimsical comedy, where he gets his inspiration and unwittingly molesting John Snow on stage for the sake of laughs. Yeah, that ACTUALLY happened. 

Direct download: Sam_Simmons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm PST

Meet Brett Tucker - as if you didn't know him already! Sheesh! Star of McLeods' Daughters, Neighbours and Mistresses. Brett and I chat about indulging your rock star fantasies, giving things a lukewarm go, long time flirting with Los Angeles and how scary a place the internet can be. Brett's Hollywood tales illustrate that everything has its' time. Just don't put off listening to this podcast! 

Direct download: Brett_Tucker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:21am PST

It's Monty Franklin!! WOO HOO!  No more toe dipping, Monty is getting amongst it and making his mark on the Los Angeles comedy scene. We discuss the advantages of playing the dumb Aussie card, inadvertent racism, good gossip and revenge as the ulitmate motivation. Monty's career is proof that doing good work consistently and being a good human is all it takes. Pocket watches will never be the same again!!! 

Direct download: Monty_Franklin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm PST

This little podcaster can't believe her luck! Stuart Beattie - writer of Collateral, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Australia and writer/director of Tomorrow, When The War Began -  joins me for chat. WOO FRICKIN' HOO!  We talk about the ridiculous rollercoster from development to production, being in it for the long haul, the Hollywood rewrite, getting script notes from John Marsden and Pirates as a Star Wars. He busts open the myth of overnight success and shares the origins of midnight screenings. Hmmmm... Maybe it's time for me to keep banker's hours. WARNING: There are snoring puppies and couch farts.

Direct download: Stuart_Beattie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm PST

Join me as I chat with the ever affable Bucko, radio host, actor and presenter. A man who fate was decided by a pop up ad! And not the kind you are thinking of... C'mon, get out of the gutter! We discuss the future of radio, the appeal of smokey burnouts, Hollywood's 'definite possibilities', instinct vs. fear and the importance of saying 'YES!'. Bucko was once beaten up by Steven Segal. Not only did he live to tell the tale but got paid for it. One of those crazy Hollywood moments... Hell Yeah! 

Direct download: Jonathon_Bucko_Buckley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm PST