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Greyhound Hotel – All the gigs I went to*

* – those that I have a verified record of at least.

2001 | 2002 | 2003
| 2004 | 2005 | 2006
2007 | 2008 | 2009


The Starliners & Cabana Smoothie Karaoke

Twits Karaoke



Fred Negro & Steve Prictor’s Karaoke

The Gamma Rays

Fred & Steve’s Karaoke


The Prayerbabies


Prayerbabies & South of the River Community Choir
Thursday 18th December 2003


Red Hot Poker Dots


Reopening of the Greyhound Hotel Band room
Featuring Prayerbabies, Violent Mood Swings, GUT, The Exotics, Gamma Rays,
Speed Demons & The Fuck Fucks



New Year’s Day 2005 Recovery at the Greyhound
with the Gamma Rays, Shonkytonk, Vaginabillies & Sin City (unseen)

Suzannah Espie & The Last Word
Sunday, 29th May, 2005


P-TEX Christmas Show 2005
Saturday, 17th December, 2005



Rock’n’Roll Wrestling
Friday, 13th January, 2006


Hard Drive Bluegrass
Sunday, 22nd January 2006


Coreyoke for Corey’s Birthday
Sunday, 5th February, 2006


Mrs Wainright
Sunday, 2nd April, 2006


Slim Whittle’s Country Killed
Sunday, 30th April, 2006


Suzannah Espie & The Last Word (special guest Jeff Lang)
Sunday 9th July 2006


Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Tribute
with the Maryhillbillys Trio, the Paddy Chong Orchestra, CW Stoneking, Tony
Shaw, Dave Last
Thursday, 17th August 2006


The Twits vs. Rock’n’Roll Wrestling
Friday, 13th October 2006

Kooky Karaoke
Sunday, 5th November 2006


Sunday, 10th December 2006
hosted by Frederica 100% Negro and Janelle down the Pint
featuring performances by Alicia, Damian, Jack, Justine,Mrs Mitchell, Lucy,
Mia, Margarine, Nick and Tiffany

Fuck Fucks XMAS Show 2006
with Brothel & The Hybernators
Friday, 22nd December 2006


Suzannah Espie & the Last Word, Kooky Karaoke
with special guest Matt Walker
Sunday, 21st January 2007

Rock & Roll Wrestling
with the Twits
Friday, 9th February 2007

The Detonators
Saturday, 10th February 2007

with Killer Birds and Cold Harbour
Friday, 9th March 2007

2007 Karaoke Oscars
Sunday, 11th March 2007
Hosted by Fred Negro and Johnny Down the Pint
Singers: George E Bean, Deb & Peter, Ewan, Bongo Womble, Amanda, Carla,
Jeff the Butcher, Melinda, Frank Lee Earnest, Dale

Sunday night, Monday morning early
Jesse Bates’ Birthday
with various supports

23rd March 2007
Bittersweet Kicks, Speed Demons, The Hybernators, Box Wars, Fuck Fucks

Sarah Carroll & the Unconscious Brothers
with special guests Suzannah Espie & Dan Warner
Sunday, 15th April 2007

Wayward Fancies & Fingerbone Bill
Sunday, 3rd June 2007

The Brown Brothers, Maryhillbillys
Sunday 16th September 2007

The Re-mains
with Bec and Den Hanrahan
Thursday 11th October 2007

The Hybernators
with Catgut Mary, Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows
Friday 16th November 2007

Gleny Rae and Her Tamworth Playboys
Thursday 22nd December 2007



Chuck’s Wagon, Prayerbabies, Toby’s last Karaoke
Sunday 10th February 2008

Sin City
with On The Prowl, Loveslaps
22nd February 2008

The Paesanos, The Joelenes
Sunday 13th January 2008

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 2nd March 2008

Ghost Mountain, The Dirt
16th March 2008

Karaoke Oscars 2008
Sunday 23rd March 2008

The Re-mains
with Fireside Bellows
Thursday 27th March 2008

The Double Agents
Saturday 5th April 2008


Dezperados CD Launch
with the Large No. 12’s
Saturday 12th April 2008

Suzannah Espie & the Last Word
Sunday 22nd June 2008

Rob Luckey & the Lucky Bastards
Sunday 6th July 2008

You Yangs
Thursday 24th July 2008

The Stetson Family, The Snowdroppers, Kooky Karaoke
Sunday 17th August 2008

Crackwhore, Kamikaze, Killerbirds
Friday 22nd August 2008

Kooky Karaoke
Sunday 24th August 2008

with Imperial Leatherman
Friday 19th September 2008

Grand Final Eve 2008
Kretch, The Hybernators, Sons of Lee Marvin
Friday 26th September 2008

The Flyin’ Saucers, Brigitte Handley and the Dark Shadows
Sunday 2nd November 2008

Kooky Karaoke’s 12th Birthday
with the Kaos Orchestra, special guests
Sunday 2nd November 2008

Nici Blue Eyes, The Snowdroppers, Kooky Karaoke
Greyhound Hotel, Sunday 16th November 2008

Fuck Fucks Barrels by Candlelight 2008
with Cold Harbour
Saturday 13th December 2008

Mal Webb, Sarah Carroll, Bakersfield Glee Club, Waz E. James Band, The Junes
Pure Pop Records/The Greyhound/St Kilda Bowling Club
Sunday 21st December 2008


Chuck’s Wagon
with Den Hanrahan
Sunday 4th January 2009

Kooky Karaoke
Sunday 11th January 2009

Runaway Boys, Greasy Hawaiians, Flyin’ Saucers, Kooky Karaoke
Sunday 25th January 2009

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 8th February 2009

Hornswagglers, Brigette Handley & the Dark Shadows, the Hybernators
Sunday 15th March 2009

Bittersweet Kicks, Molten Universe
Friday 27th March 2009

Sunday 23rd August 2009

MIFF 2016: Monsieur Mayonnaise (2016)

Director: Trevor Graham
Featuring: Mirka Mora, Phillipe Mora, Georges Mora, Marcel Marceau (archival footage), Hitler (archival footage)


In this documentary we follow Phillipe Mora as he retraces the history of his family through World War II and before while painting the scenes for a graphic novel about his families’ experiences and finding out things he never knew before.
During the Q&A after the film the director said he did know some of the things that Phillipe was going to find out beforehand, but he wanted his genuine reactions on film when he found out things so he did not tell him exactly what to expect.

Mirka Mora is also interviewed throughout the film and reveals some surprising things about why she paints a lot of ducks and birds (phallic symbols) and the significance of fences in her works that they represent the people left behind in the camps after she was rescued.

Phillipe Mora’s film career is covered including his debut at Cannes that caused a commotion for “humanising” Hitler with colour close up footage of him sourced from the CIA archives. I knew that he had directed the Howling III and Mad Dog Morgan with Dennis Hopper but not the other movies.

There are some very touching scenes with Phillipe meeting one of the children rescued by his father and the daughter of the family who sheltered his mother’s family during WWII. As he said he had to make the film as the original witnesses were starting to get thin on the ground.

When the story gets into Phillipe’s fathers work with the French Resistance it is also very interesting as it turned out Georges Mora worked with Marcel Marceau on some operations involving rescuing children from the Nazis. While they may have had differences in their mayonnaise recipes, their work with the children was never in doubt.

Marcel Marceau was Phillipe’s godfather and a frequent visitor of the family when they were in Australia. Phillipe thought he was a “weirdo” when he was younger due to him wanting to rub the left over olive oil all over himself whenever they had a salad. He did get to know him when he was older and they became good friends.

I don’t actually know when the graphic novel featured in the story is coming out as it is not mentioned in the documentary or during the Q&A afterwards. I am sure it will do very well when it is released.

There was a question of how Mirka Mora’s family was released from the camp when only 100 other people managed to be released. The answer was the French resistance was involved falsifying documents and also the Nazi officials where receptive to bribes.
This was a really enjoyable and interesting documentary about a family I had heard a lot about but didn’t really know their history. As Phillipe and the director said they had wanted to make a story together on the topic before, but didn’t want it to be so serious you would come out of the experience depressed.

The screening I saw it at was the world premiere with a lot of the family in attendance including Mirka Mora who got a lot of applause for yelling out and waving her bouquet around.

It was quite a shame that this documentary did not get a presale into television in Australia and had to be backed by a TV station in France, but they recognise the importance of their history.

MIFF 2016: Film shortlist

Based on my first read through of the program without having any limtations for screening times or fitting on an E-Mini Pass added.

Might actually reschedule some of these to see at Cinema Nova after the festival after the festival as a lot of them are screening there.

High Rise
The Neon Demon
The Handmaiden
Heart of a Dog
Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World
Neon Bull
How Heavy This Hammer
Operation Avalanche
Girl Asleep
Monsieur Mayonaise
Destination Arnold
Right Now, Wrong Then
Tokyo Story
Which Way to the Front?
The Big Mouth
Jerry Lewis: The King of Comedy
The Lovers and the Despot
The Eagle Huntress
The Lost Arcade
Zero Days
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie
Don’t Bloml: Robert Frank
National Bird
Notes on Blindness
The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
Miss Sharon Jones!
Meal Tickets
The American Epic Sessions
Kubo and the Two Strings
Long Way North
Our Huff and Puff Journey
The Red Turtle
Seoul Station
The Love Witch
Train to Busan
Phantasm: Remastered
The Lure
WTF Shorts
Animation Shorts

MIFF 2015 – Shortlist

First run through the program. Will probably get a E-mini pass plus extras and one of the forums.

The Forbidden Room
Tehran Taxi
Under Electric Clouds
Tyke Elephant Outlaw
Stories I want to tell you in person
Snow Monkey
Only the Dead
The Last Wave
Storm Boy
Gulpilil Shorts
Another Country
Charlie’s Country
Dark Age
Wonderful World End
Spmg of the Sea
Robot Overlords
The Assassin
Chasuke’s Journey
Ryuzo and his seven henchmen
Ruined heart: Another love story between a criminal and a whore
Racing extinction
Fresh Dressed
Finders Keepers
The Look of Silence
Exotica, Erotica, Etc
Tea Time
Storm Children – Book One
The Russian Woodpecker
Thank you for playing
In the basement
Steve Jobs: The Man in the machine
Graceful girls
Speed sisters
Red Army
Being Evel
Cartel Land
Deep Web
Yellow Submarine
Battles without honour and humanity
Grey gardens
Mr Dynamite: The rise of James Brown
Colin Ray – Waiting for my real life
Human Highway: Director’s Cut
He Never Died
Turbo Kid
Drunked Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon
Yakuza Apocolypse: The Great War of the Underworld
City of Gold
Animation Shorts Program
WTF Shorts

David Gulpilil in Conversation with Margaret Pomeranz

Director’s Chair:
In Conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer

In Focus:
Clickbait Criticism!
Uneasy Laughs
Guilty Pleasures
Foodie-ism: Are we full up?

MIFF 2014 – Sound Proof (2013)

Director: Darren Cole
Featuring: The Palace, Pure Pop Records, Cherry Bar, many musicians

The story is well known to anyone who has been going to gigs in Melbourne during the past few years. The “Agent of Change” ruling has recently been passed but has not come into affect yet and two of the venues featured in the documentary have either closed or just about to close.

Cherry Bar ended up asking for help to complete their sound proofing and reached the target in 24 hours. I do not go there very often, but it is popular with the people who do attend.

It was good to see people I know on screen including bands from just down the road who would not normally get to be up on the big screen otherwise.

I was wondering if anyone would cover the Pure Pop Records story in a documentary, this is one good thing about it at least that it is on film.

MIFF 2014 – Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

Director: Mark Hartley
Featuring: A. Martin Zweiback, Adolfo Quinones, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Alan Roderick-Jones, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Andrew Stevens, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Daniel Loewenthal, Danny Dimbort, David Del Valle, David Engelbach, David Paulsen, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman, Elliott Gould, Franco Nero, Franco Zeffirelli, Frank Yablans, Gary Goddard, Gary Nelson, Gideon Porath, Greydon Clark, Harrison Ellenshaw, James Bruner, Jan Gan Boyd, Jerry Schatzberg, Jim Shooter, John A. Amicarella, John G. Avildsen, John Grover, John Platt, John Thompson, Just Jaeckin, Lance Hool, Laurene Landon, Lucinda Dickey, Luigi Cozzi, Malcolm J. Christopher, Marina Sirtis, Mark Goldblatt, Mark Helfrich, Mark Rosenthal, Martine Beswick, Melody Anderson, Michael Armstrong, Michael Chambers, Michael Dudikoff, Michael Hartman, Mimi Rogers, Molly Ringwald, Oliver Tobias, Olivia d’Abo, Pete Walker, Pieter Jan Brugge, Quentin Falk, Richard Chamberlain, Richard Edlund, Richard Kraft, Rick Nathanson, Robert Forster, Robert Gosnell, Robin Sherwood, Ron Purdie, Roni Ya’ackov, Roy Langsdon, Rusty Lemorande, Sam Firstenberg, Sharon Kahn, Sheldon Lettich, Sheldon Renan, Stephen Tolkin, Sybil Danning, Ted Newsom, Tobe Hooper, Todd Roberts, Tom Luddy, Vernon Messenger, William Sachs, William Stout, Wings Hauser, Yftach Katzur

Tagline: “Would you fuck that monkey?”

Covering the rise and fall of film outsiders Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus from their beginnings making films in Israel through to the bitter end when financial problems saw the end of their studio and the termination of their partnership, this documentary is a wild ride through many highlights and lowlights of their films and the people who worked on them.

It is not a secret that the company released a lot of films that were not regarded as high quality at the time, but the thing is that looking at them today they are still very entertaining and I cheered seeing some of them on the big screen.

Films as product may be the normal thing today, but back then it was seen as tacky to treat films this way and the subject of the films themselves where not treated as seriously back then. There are people these days who watch nothing but cult and action films non ironically and talk seriously about them (shout out to Cult of Muscle podcast), so many of these films now are getting bluray releases or being made available on video on demand for a new audience.

Many of the people who worked on the films did not have that good of a time, I felt sorry for the women who were exploited in particular. This is acknowledged and dealt with in a serious manner and it is good to see their viewpoint on the matter that is not sugar coated or looked back on with rose coloured glasses.

While many of the people interviewed are not huge stars these days, there are lots of fans of the cult movie genre who would appreciate hearing what they have to say and hearing new things about the production of these movies.

Mark Hartley said before the film that is was a tribute to his researcher Rosemary Long that they managed to find one interview subject still alive who everyone thought had died. They had to take a photo and show people so they would believe them. Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were approached to be interviewed for the documentary, but instead made their own documentary “The Go Go Boys” which beat this film to release by three months.

This documentary already has a lot of interest from other film fans and is sure to do well touring the festival circuit. I am looking forward to a DVD release and also revisiting some of the films featured in the documentary.

I had to skip out on the question and answer session after the film, but during the introduction Mark Hartley said this would be his last documentary due to now concentrating on making films himself.

Films featured in the documentary (more added as I remember):
Eskimo Limon (1979) [Lemon Popsicle]
Death Wish II (1982)
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Missing in Action (1984)
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Delta Force, The (1986)
Over the Top (1987)
Cyborg (1989)
American Ninja (1985)
Enter the Ninja (1981)
Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)
America 3000 (1986)
Exterminator 2 (1984)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)
King Solomon’s Mines (1985)
Apple, The (1980)
Breakin’ (1984)
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
Forbidden Dance, The (1990)
Going Bananas (1987)
Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, The (1980)
Lambada (1990)
Last American Virgin, The (1982)
Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Lifeforce (1985)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
King Lear (1987)
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)
Otello (1986)
Wicked Lady, The (1983)
Mata Hari (1985)
Runaway Train (1985)
Sahara (1983)
Bolero (1984)
Barfly (1987)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986)
Hercules (1983)

Full list of Cannon films here:

Eskimo Limon (1979) [Lemon Popsicle]

Death Wish II (1982)

Death Wish 3 (1985)

Missing in Action (1984)

Invasion U.S.A. (1985)

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)

Delta Force, The (1986)

Over the Top (1987)

Cyborg (1989)

American Ninja (1985)

Enter the Ninja (1981)

Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)

America 3000 (1986)

Exterminator 2 (1984)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1989)

King Solomon’s Mines (1985)

Apple, The (1980)

Breakin’ (1984)

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

Forbidden Dance, The (1990)

Going Bananas (1987)

Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, The (1980)

Lambada (1990)

Last American Virgin, The (1982)

Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Invaders from Mars (1986)

Lifeforce (1985)

Masters of the Universe (1987)

King Lear (1987)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)

Otello (1986)

Wicked Lady, The (1983)

Mata Hari (1985)

Runaway Train (1985)

Sahara (1983)

Bolero (1984)

Barfly (1987)

Love Streams (1984)

House of the Long Shadows (1983)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986)

Hercules (1983)

MIFF 2014 – Sessions purchased

The only one I missed out on was Advanced Style as all three sessions were on standby tickets already.

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Canon Films
The Known Unknown: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Don’t Throw Stones
The Imp
Irma Vep
Mr Vampire
The Search for Weng Weng
The Gold Spinners

MIFF 2014 – A Perfect Midnight: Haunted Hong Kong

A Perfect Midnight: Haunted Hong Kong

A program of Hong Kong horror movies from the 1980s. I will probably go to see one or two of these, they were played quite a bit on SBS back in the day but it is always good to see them on the big screen. Irma Vep is also screening at the festival.

Encounters of the Spooky Kind


The Imp



Mr Vampire


Rigor Mortis




I have seen Mr Vampire and Encounters of the Spooky Kind dozens of times, probably don’t need to watch them again. I would like to see Rouge and Rigor Mortis though.

MIFF 2014 – Shortlist

This came around a lot quicker this year and I have been busy recently so I did not get to read the program over the weekend after I got it like I usually like to.

The following are movies that look interesting from the first look through the program. I will just get an E-Mini Pass this year and I already have other stuff to go to during the festival.

Trailer Trash – Talking Pictures
Spooky & the city – Talking Pictures
We Are the Best!
Bloody Beans
Jacky and the Kingdom of the Women
Queen & Country
White God
Kumiko, Tresure Hunter
Fish & Cat
The Princess of France
Listen Up Philip
Hard to be a God
Free Range
The Vanquishing of Witch Baba Yaga
The Unity of All Things
Still Our Country
Don’t Throw Stones
The Animal Condition
Electric Boogaloo – the Wild Untold Story of Canon-Globus Films
Ukraine is not a Brothel
Black Panther Woman
Aunt Hilda!
Patema Inverted
Paper Planes
Ping Pong Summer
Clara and the Secret of the Bears
The Grandmaster
Love Hotel
Girl at My Door
Irma Vep
A Hard Day
‘Til Madness do us part
The Mole Song – Undercover Agent Reiji
Mr Vampire
Rigor Mortis
The Imp
Tomorrow We Disappear
John & Jane
Advanced Style
Point and Shoot
The Gold Spinners
The Notorious Mr Bout
An Honest Liar
The Kill Team
The Great Museum
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
The Salt of the Eart
Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face
The Known Unknown: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld
Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars
Web Junkie
Focus on Infinity
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
We We Do in the Shadows
Li’l Quinquin
Australian Shorts Program
WTF Shorts Program
Animation Shorts Program
Print the Legend
Touki Bouki
Life Itself
Phase IV
Irma Vep
I Hired a Contract Killer
Come Worry with Us
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Finding Fela!
Dont Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?
Turkey Shoot
The Search for Weng Weng
Where Animals Dream
Among the Living