Vale Caravan Music Club (2009 – 2020)

I know the official year of the Caravan Music Club being founded was 2007, but I never went to any of the house party gigs except for a few at someone else’s house they helped put together but never at Pete’s place.

2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020

Carnival of Suburbia 2011 / 2012 / 2013


Oakleigh Bowling Club

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word First and Last Hotel CD Launch
with Walker and the Celestial Railroad Band, Sarah Carroll, Kerri Simpson and Alison Lang
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Friday 13th February 2009

Chris Wilson & The Spidermen
with Sarah Carroll & Marcel Borrack
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Friday 4th September 2009

OBC Folk Club
with Suzannah Espie, Chris Altman, Fireside Bellows (Jordie Lane and Tracy McNeil), Liz Stringer, Van Walker
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Friday 4th December 2009

New Year’s Eve Summer Soul Shakedown
with Continental Robert, Andy Baylor and the Caravan of Soul Orchestra, Tracey Miller and the Soulettes, DJ Johnny Topper
Caravan Music Club, 31st December 2009



Pirates of Beer
with special guests Shulah and Mym Hampson
Friday 15th January 2010

Models Super Orchestra
featuring Sean Kelly, Andrew Duffield, Mark Ferrie, Jack Howard, Billy Miller and Cal MacAlpine
Friday 5th February 2010

Eilen Jewell
with Fireside Bellows
Friday 5th March 2010

The Junes
Sunday 14th March 2010

Eddi Reader
with Jen Cloher
Wednesday 31st March 2010

Ron Hawkins
with Mick Thomas, Van Walker
Friday 2nd April 2010

TinPan Orange
with special guests Leah Flanagan and Harry Angus
Friday 7th May 2010

Rebecca Barnard & Billy Miller
Sunday 9th May 2010

Don Walker
with Roy Payne
Friday 21st May 2010

Suzie Dickinson 19 Steps CD Launch
with Gen Finnane and Flora Smith
Friday 18th June 2010

Models Super Orchestra
featuring Sean Kelly, Billy Miller, James Black, Mark Ferrie, Jack Howard, Cal McAlpine
Friday 2nd July 2010

Shane Howard Goanna Dreaming CD Launch
Special guests Sally Dastey, Amy Saunders, Kerryn Tolhurst, Bart Willoughby, Archie Roach and many more
Friday 16th July 2010

Renee Geyer
with Tracey Miller
Friday 23rd July 2010

The Dingoes
with Mick Thomas and Michael Barclay
Wednesday 4th August 2010

Shane Howard Goanna Dreaming CD Launch
with Dan Sultan and Scott Wilson
Friday 27th August 2010

Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier Half Man Half Woman CD Launch
with Phia and special guest James Black
Friday 10th September 2010

Vika and Linda Bull
with Cyndi Boste
Friday 17th September 2010

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2010
with JVG Guitar Method, Rebecca Barnard, Billy Miller, Ian Bland, South of the River Community Gospel Choir, Jack Howard, Grant Hansen
Friday 24th September 2010

Lil’ Band O’ Gold
Wednesday 29th September 2010

Dog Trumpet
with Lisa Miller, Shane O’Mara and Loretta Miller
Friday 8th October 2010

The Little Stevies
with Isaac De Heer
Friday 5th November 2010

The Killer
starring Paul Dawber as Jerry Lee Lewis and Tracey Miller as Linda Gail Lewis
Thursday 11th November 2010 (dress rehersal)

Mary Gauthier
with Tania Elizabeth, Charles Jenkins
Friday 3rd December 2010

Tracey Miller “I Can Tell” CD Launch
with the Sun Kings
Friday 10th December 2010

Models Super Orchestra New Year’s Eve Spectacular
with Rebecca Barnard, Stephen Cummings
Friday 31st December 2010



Charlie Parr
with Dan Kelly
Friday 7th January 2011

Abby Dobson Quartet
Friday 14th January 2011

The Black Sorrows
with Adventure Spirit
Friday 28th January 2011

Tim Rogers in Saligia
with Melanie Robinson, Jen M Thomas, Shane O’Mara, Ian Graindage, Ben Hendry, Shannon Birchall
Thursday 17th February 2011

Fiona Lee Maynard Stiletto Survival (Part 1) CD Launch
with the Stiletto Survival Band and Ron S. Peno & the Superstitions
Sunday 6th March 2011

Carnival of Suburbia 2011

Blackeyed Susans
with the Darling Downs
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Friday 11th March 2011

Tinpan Orange
with Hayward Williams
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Saturday 12th March 2011

Big Gospel Breakfast
with Tracey Miller and the Sinnermen
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 13th March 2011

Great Southern BBQ
with Chris Altmann & Que Paso
and special guests Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Anna Burley, Matt Walker, Tim Rogers
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 13th March 2011

The DC3 “Melbourne’s Burning”
with PB Croft
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Thursday 17th March 2011

Tim Rogers and the Temperance Union with Adalita
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Friday 18th March 2011

JVG Stopping All Stations (Except East Richmond)
with JVG Guitar Method, The Orbweavers Duo, Mick Thomas, Greg Macainsh, Jane Clifton, Gary Adams, Dan Warner, Ian Bland, Monique Dimattina, Marcel Borrack, Bob Starkie
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Saturday 19th March 2011

Flavours of Oakleigh Festival
with MC Rebecca Barnard, Eagle and the Worm, Bobby Flynn, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission, Vika and Linda, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
Caravan Music Club Stage, Warrawee Park, Oakleigh
Sunday 20th March 2011

Band Who Knew Too Much Festival After party
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 20th March 2011

Graveyard Train
with Little John
Friday 25th March 2011

The Dingoes
with Cyndi Boste
Saturday 2nd April 2011

Rosie Flores
with the Rich Family Band
Thursday 14th April 2011

Tony Joe White
with Tracy McNeil
Thursday 21st April 2011

The Felice Brothers
with Caitlin Rose
Sunday 24th April 2011

Forever Young – The Songs of Bob Dylan
with MC Derek Guille, Van Walker, Adventure Spirit, Tracey Miller, Loretta Miller, Andy Baylor, Suzannah Espie, Charles Jenkins, Ash Naylor, Lisa Miller, Stephen Cummings, Shane Howard, Myra Howard, Joe Camilleri, Atlanta Coogan, Vika and Linda Bull
Friday 27th May 2011

Dave Graney & the Lurid Yellow Mist
with Penny Ikinger
Saturday 2nd July 2011

Graveyard Train
with Cash Savage and the Last Drinks
Friday 8th July 2011

Rebecca Barnard
with David Hosking
Friday 26th August 2011

Ed Kuepper
with Mark Dawson
Saturday 10th September 2011

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes
with Leon Thomas
Friday 23rd September 2011

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2011
with JVG Guitar Method, Marngrook Footy Show panel, Billy Miller, Jack Howard, Dave Evans as Harry “Happy” Hammond, Rebecca Barnard, Ian Bland
Friday 30th September 2011

Jeff Lang “Carried in Mind” CD Launch
with Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer, Jordie Lane
Friday 14th October 2011

Sheilas of the 70s
with Rebecca Barnard, Kerri Simpson, Monique Brumby
Sunday 16th October 2011

Folk Uke
with 49 Goodbyes
Thursday 10th November 2011

Lisa Miller
with Ron Peno and the Superstitions
Friday 9th December 2011

Stax on Soul XMAS Revue 2011
with the Stax on Soul Revue band (Matt Green, Grant Cummerford, Dynamo Horns, Danny McKenna, Brendan McMahon)
guest vocalists Kylie Auldist, Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer, Mick Pealing, Ian Collard, Matt Walker, Sime Nugent, Alice Keith, Peter Punk, Loretta Miller
Friday 16th December 2011

Models Super Orchestra New Year’s Eve Spectacular 2011
with Stephen Cummings, Eve von Bibra
Saturday 31st January 2011



J. Mascis
with Ben Salter
Friday 6th January 2012

Bob Log III
with Spencer P Jones
Friday 13th January 2012

Van Walker ‘Undeneath the Radar’ CD Launch
with Roesy
Friday 27th January 2012

Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
with Stella Angelico & The Wilhelm Scream
Saturday 4th February 2012

with the Junes
Friday 10th February 2012

Jordie Lane
with Luke Brennan Band, Sweet Jean
Saturday 11th February 2012

The Transplants Concert for DonateLife Week 2012
with special guest Derryn Hinch, FLYBZ, Paul Greene as Elvis
Sunday 19th February 2012

Painters and Dockers
Live cross to Adam Hills’ in Gordon St Tonight
Monday 20th February 2012

Shane Howard
with Ross Hannaford and Bart Willoughby
Thursday 23rd February 2012

Dust Radio Band Russian Doll CD launch
with Suzannah Espie and Ian Collard
Sunday 4th March 2012

Carnival of Suburbia 2012

Stopping All Stations (Except East Richmond) 2012
Description: with MC JVG, Ian Bland, Ben Birchall, the Orbweavers duo, Gary Adams, David Bridie, Mic Conway, Mick Thomas, Lucie Thorne, Marcel Borrack, JVG Guitar Method, Wes and Horse Harrington, Skyhooks
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Thursday 8th March 2012

with Dan Waters, The Nymphs
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Friday 9th March 2012

Mic Conway
with Robbie Long
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Friday 9th March 2012

Dave Warner
with Paul Madigan
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Oakleigh Bowling Club, Saturday 10th March 2012

Big Gospel Breakfast
with the South of the River Community Gospel Choir, Bob Sedergreen, Chris Wilson
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 11th March 2012

The Audreys
with the Language of Birds
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Sunday 11th March 2012

Pieta Brown and the Sawdust Boys
with Lucie Thorne
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia
Wednesday 14th March 2012

Eilen Jewell and band
with Sweet Jean
Sunday 25th March 2012

The Sonics
with Fearless Vampire Killers
Friday 27th April 2012

Neil Hamburger
with Frank Lee Earnest and the Empty Glasses, Misfits Stunt Crew, Dr El Suavo
Friday 4th May 2012

Saloon Shaker
with Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Tracy McNeil, Saint Jude, Ruby Boots, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, The ReChords
Friday 25th May 2012

Vika and Linda
with She Said Zed
Sunday 10th June 2012

Juke Joint Jump
with Three Kings, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Benny and the Fly by Niters
Friday 29th June 2012

Dave O’Neil’s Caravan Comedy Club
with MC Dave O’Neil, Adam Zwar, Glenn Robbins, Damian Callinan and special guest Nathan Houlihan
Thursday 5th July 2012

The Toot Toot Toots
with Howl at the Moon
Friday 6th July 2012

Sherry Rich and the New Folk Heroes Dakota Avenue CD Launch
with Dan Brodie
Saturday 14th July 2012

with MC Mohair Slim, Continental Robert, Clairy Browne, Tracey Miller, Loretta Miller, Timothy Slater,
and the Hullabaloo all-star band: Andy Baylor, Paul Williamson, Barnaby Gold, Dale Lindrea, Don Stewart, Andrew Ogburn, Dean Wilson
special guests the Hullabaloo dancers – Camilla and Simoncee
Friday 20th July 2012

Don Walker and the Sauve Fucks
with Roy Payne
Friday 27th July 2012

Exile on Main St 40th Anniversary Show
with Nick Barker, Dave Larkin, Pat Carmody, Ash Naylor, Spencer P Jones, The Wolfgramm Sisters, Matt Sonic, Helen Yotis
Exile Band: Jack Howard, Ben Marsland, Carl Treasure, James Black, Ryan Brown, Ben Curnow, Simon Aarons, Jorge Balaas
Saturday 28th July 2012

Graveyard Train
with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk
Friday 10th August 2012

Lanie Lane
with Sean Ainsworth
Sunday 12th August 2012

Over the River and Back Exhibition Opening 2012
Special guest photographer Lyn Young
with Sarah and Suzannah, Ian Bland
Wedenesday 15th August 2012

The Slaughtermen
Saturday 18th August 2012

Baby et Lulu
Friday 24th August 2012

Chris Wilson
with Shannon Bourne, Heather Stewart, Sarah Carroll, Fenn & George Wilson
Saturday 1st September 2012

Gram Parsons Tribute
with Suzannah Espie, Van and Cal Walker, Sherry Rich, Tracy McNeil, Luke Sinclair, Jeb Cardwell, Brooke Penrose, Fraser A. Gorman, Sweet Jean, Michael Hubbard, Sean McMahon, Steve Clifford, Alison Ferrier and backing band Matt Green, Garret Costigan, Brendan McMahon, Grant Cummerford, Roger Bergodaz
Saturday 15th September 2012

Greg Champion at the Caravan Music Club 20/09/12
with the Low-ranking draft picks
Thursday 20th September 2012

Tinpan Orange
with Miles and Simone
Saturday 22nd September 2012

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2012
with Ian Bland, Johnny Von Goes, Ash Davies, Dale Lindrea, Rebecca Barnard, Billy and Bella Miller, Jack Howard, Charles Jenkins, Simon Madden, Paulie Stewart, Dave Pace
Friday 28th September 2012

Return of the Voodoo Sheiks
with Joe Camilleri & John McAll
Sunday 30th September 2012

Clip Clop Club
Sunday 14th October 2012

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
with Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel
Friday 19th October 2012

Citadel Records 30th Anniversary
with The DomNicks, Deniz Tek, Penny Ikinger
Friday 26th October 2012

Suzannah Espie “Sea of Lights” Album Launch
Description: with Charles Jenkins, Liz Stringer, Chris Altmann and Grant Cummerford
Friday 2nd November 2012

Caravan Music Club 5th Birthday
MC Jon Von Goes, Ian Bland, Stephen Cummings, Tracy Miller
Models Super Orchestra with Mark Ferrie, Sean Kelly, Andrew Duffield, Billy Miller, Cal McAlpine, Jack Howard, Eve von Bibra
Friday 9th November 2012

Ian Bland “Angel in Reverse” CD Launch
with the Lamington Drive Orchestra, Angie Hart
Saturday 10th November 2012

JVG Guitar Method
with MC Brian Nankervis
Winnebago Lounge, Saturday 17th November 2012

Perch Creek Family Jug Band
with the Bearded Gypspy Band
Friday 30th November 2012

Chris Altmann “Nothing but Nice Things” Album launch
with the Altmann Revue Band
and special guests Henry Wagons, Van Walker, Liz Stringer, Ange Boxall
Saturday 1st December 2012

The Rebelles & The SKA Vendors Christmas Show
with Gator Queen
Saturday 15th December 2012

The Black Sorrows
Friday 21st December 2012

The Dingoes at the Caravan Music Club 30/12/12
with Steve Hoy and Ross Hanaford
Sunday 30th December 2012

New Year’s Eve 2012 at the Caravan Music Club
with Sarah Carroll and the Psychedelic Wildmen, Chris Wilson, the Pirates of Beer
Monday 31st December 2012



Wooden Music Tour
with the Bearded Gypsy Band, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, the Perch Creek Family Jug Band
Friday 1st February 2013

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks
with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk
Sunday 3rd February 2013

Carnival of Suburbia 2013

Graveyard Train
with Ron S Peno and the Superstitions
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Friday 8th March 2013

JVG’s Stopping All Stations (Except East Richmond) 2013
with MC JVG, Ian Bland, Greg Champion, The Orbweavers, Billy Miller, Ash Davies, Dale Lindrea, Monique DiMattina, Billy Miller, John Kennedy, Ron Rude, Dr Pump, Wes and Horse Harrington, Cal McAlpine, Paulie Stewart, The Skyhooks (Bob Starkie, Greg Macainsh, Bob Spencer, Laura Davidson)
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Saturday 9th March 2013

Gospel Breakfast
with Tracey Miller and the Sinnermen
and special guests the Trailer Trash Choir and South of the River Community Gospel Choir
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Sunday 10th March 2013

Ross Wilson at the RWQ at the Caravan Music Club 10/03/13
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Sunday 10th March 2013

The Orbweavers
with Sailor Days
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Friday 15th March 2013

The After Dinner Moose Revue – the songs of Peter Lillie
Description: with the Leisuremasters (Mark Ferrie, Ash Davies, Jon von Goes, Rick Dempster, James Black) and guest vocalists Suzannah Espie, Angie Hart, Sean Kelly & Andrew Duffield (Models), Spencer P Jones, Fred Negro, Mick Thomas, Lisa Miller, Simon Bailey (Pony Face), Dan Warner, Paul Madigan, Jane Clifton, Johnny Topper, Robert Price, Leslie Avril, Brian Nankervis, Gary Adams, Ian Bland
as part of the Carnival of Suburbia 2013
Saturday 16th March 2013

Oakleigh Music Festival Day 2013
with Seattle Fix, Sol Nation, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Chris Wilson, Mick Pealing and the Prairie Oysters, Ross Hannaford and the Critters
Warrawee Park, Sunday 17th March 2013

Livingstone Daises CD Launch
with the Large Number Twelves
Friday 22nd March 2013

The Hillbilly Killers
with Lisa Miller and Shane O’Mara
Saturday 30th March 2013

Stephen Pigram
with Gallie
Friday 19th April 2013

Flamin’ Groovies
with EVEN
Saturday 27th April 2013

Chris Wilson/Sandi Thom
Saturday 4th May 2013

WHOW Fundraiser 2013
with MC Brian Nankervis, Maya Weiss, Chris Wilson, Models Super Orchestra (Sean Kelly, Mark Ferrie, Andrew Duffield, Billy Miller, Eve von Bibra, Cal McAlpine)
Saturday 11th May 2013

Stan Ridgway
with Andrew Swift, Brooke Russ and the Mean Reds
Sunday 19th May 2013

Reverend Horton Heat
with Mojo Juju
Thursday 23rd May 2013

The Break
Thursday 30th May 2013

The Woohoo Revue
with Vardos
Friday 7th June 2013

Bluegrass Extravaganza
wtih The Davidson Brothers, Mustered Courage
Friday 16th August 2013

Dog Trumpet
with Lisa Miller and Shane O’Mara
Saturday 17th August 2013

The Slaughtermen
Saturday 24th August 2013

Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs
with Martin Cilia
Saturday 31st August 2013

Loretta Miller and band
Sunday 8th September 2013

Caravan Campfire Sessions
with Suzannah Espie, Marlon Williams, Kerryn Fields
Wednesday 11th September 2013

JVG Guitar Method
with MC Brian Nankervis
Winnebago Lounge at the Caravan Music Club, Friday 13th September 2013

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2013
Description: with Dave Warner, Jon von Goes, Billy Miller, Ash Davies, Dale Lindrea, Dave Evans, Rebecca Barnard, Van and Cal Walker, Simon Madden, Loretta Miller, Horse Harrington, Paulie Stewart, Jack Howard
Friday 27th September 2012

Crown of Thorns
with Liam Gerner & the Alan Ladds, Steve Tallis
Monday 4th November 2013

Tinpan Orange
with She Said Zed
Saturday 9th November 2013

Jordie Lane
with Marlon Williams, Old Man Luedecke
Sunday 10th November 2013

3 Artists, 3 Nations
with Mel Parsons, Suzannah Espie and Rose Cousins
Thursday 21st November 2013

Kinky Friedman
with Van Walker
Thursday 28th November 2013

Don Walker Hully Gully album launch
with Suzannah Espie, Roy Payne
Friday 29th November 2013

Dale Watson and His Lone Stars
with Bakersfield Glee Club
Saturday 30th November 2013

Stax on Soul Revue Christmas Show 2013
with the Stax on Soul Revue band (Matt Green, Dynamo Horns, Danny McKenna, Brendan McMahon)
with Peter Punk, Wayne Jury, Emily Lubitz, Liz Stringer Ian Collard, Suzannah Espie
Saturday 14th December 2013

The Black Sorrows
Friday 20th December 2013

New Year’s Eve at the Caravan Music Club 2013
with Sarah Carroll and Her Psychedelic Wildmen, Chris Wilson
Tuesday 31st December 2012



Dog Trumpet
with Bernie Hayes
Friday 24th January 2014

with the Ghouls Gambit
Saturday 15th February 2014

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
with Mark Snarski, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats
Friday 7th March 2014

Hullabaloo – A Celebration of New Orleans Music
with MC Roul Moutard, Tracey Miller, Loretta Miller, Lisa Miller, Wilbur Wilde, Ross Wilson
and the Hullabaloo all-star band: Andy Baylor, James Black, Paul Williamson, Steve Hadley, Lenny Ramos, Ray Pierra, Don Stewart, Sam Lemann
special guests the Hullabaloo dancers – Stella and Ruby
Saturday 15th March 2014

Oakleigh Music Festival Day 2014
with Oakleigh City Band, Santa & Maria, Tracey Miller Trio, Nick Barker, Tinpan Orange, Martha Davis and the Motels, Stax On Soul Revue Band
Warrawee Park, Sunday 16th March 2013

Good Lovelies
with the Little Stevies (duo)
Saturday 29th March 2014

Neil Murray Album Launch
with Yirrmal
Friday 4th April 2014

Sally Seltman
with Wintercoats
Friday 11th April 2014

The Bad Shepherds
with Anne of the Wolves
Sunday 20th April 2014

with MC Brian Nankervis, Paul Harris, Robyn Hitchcock
Thursday 8th May 2014

Forever Young – The Songs of Bob Dylan 09/05/14
with Van Walker, Harry Hookey, Charles Jenkins, Liz Stringer, Gallie, Greg Field, Deborah Conway, Suzannah Espie, Robyn Hitchcock, Mick Thomas, Jen Anderson, Ruby Boots, Shane Howard, Chris Wilson
and house band the Underlings – Ash Naylor, Bruce Haymes, Phil Luscombe, Ross Hannaford, Steve Hadley
Friday 9th May 2014

Forever Young – The Songs of Bob Dylan (Sunday) 11/05/14
with Van Walker, Liz Stringer, Gallie, Greg Field, Roz Girvan, Suzannah Espie, Shane Howard, Rebecca Barnard, Shane O’Mara, Tex Perkins, Stephen Cummings
and house band the Underlings – Ash Naylor, Bruce Haymes, Phil Luscombe, Ross Hannaford, Steve Hadley
Sunday 11th May 2014

Jack Howard and the Long Lost Brothers “Day of the Dog” Album Launch
with Charles Jenkins
Friday 27th June 2014

Jeff Lang “I live in my head a lot these days” album launch
with Liz Stringer
Friday 4th July 2014

Marlon Williams and Melody Pool
Saturday 19th July 2014

Wagons at Caravan Music Club
with Broads
Friday 8th August 2014

Follow Me to Tennessee
with the Weeping Willows, Dan Waters, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes
Caravan Music Club, Saturday 9th August 2014

Stax on Soul
with Peter Punk (MC), Kylie Auldist, Chris Wilson, Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Stella Angelico, Liam Gerner
and the Stax on Soul Revue band (Matt Green, Dynamo Horns, Danny McKenna, Brendan McMahon, Grant Cummerford)
Saturday 23rd August 2014

Mia Dyson
wtih Al Parkinson
Saturday 11th October 2014

Don Walker and the Suave Fucks
with Suzannah Espie
Saturday 1st November 2014

Grand Ole Oakleigh – A Country Jamboree
with MC Gary Adams, Suzannah Espie, Peter Baylor, Andy Baylor, Loretta Miller, Lisa Miller, Tracey Miller, Jody Bell, Rick Dempster, Ed Bates, Sharkey Ramos, Steve Temple, Sam Lemann
Saturday 8th November 2014

Vika & Linda
with Tracey & Loretta Miller, Sam Lemann
Saturday 15th November 2014

The Wilson Pickers
with Harry Hookey
Sunday 16th November 2014



Kinky Friedman
with Rob Snarski
Friday 23rd January 2015

Liz Stringer
with Sweet Jean
Saturday 31st January 2015

Shovels and Rope
with Shakey Graves
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs
with Paul Madigan
Sunday 8th March 2015

Nick Waterhouse
with Loretta Miller and the Jazz Party band
Saturday 14th March 2015

Oakleigh Music Festival Day 2015
with MC Rod Quantock, Des Chio, Ruby Boots, Tek Tek Enemble, Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos
Warrawee Park, Sunday 14th March 2013

Mojo Juju
with KIDDO
Saturday 4th July 2015

Suzannah Espie “I’m Sorry” Single Launch
with Kylie Audlist
Sunday 19th July 2015

Rob Snarski and Shane O’Mara “Low Fidelity (Songs by Request Volume 1)” Album Launch
with Jess Ribeiro
Friday 31st July 2015

Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission
with the Shotgun Wedding
Sunday 2nd August 2015

Shane Howard
with Ross Hannaford
Saturday 12th September 2015

Have you ever been lonely?
Loretta Miller sings the songs of Patsy Cline
with Mitch Brown
Saturday 19th September 2015

Billy Miller ‘Australia’ Album Launch
with Rebecca Barnard
Sunday 20th September 2015

Americana Hayride
hosted by the Weeping Willows
featuring Bill Chambers, Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Lachlan Bryan, The Weeping Willows and Bill Jackson
Sunday 25th October 2015

Suzannah Espie “Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today” Album Launch
with Toni Swain
Friday 30th October 2015

Clip Clop Club Christmas Show 2015
Sunday 13th December 2015



Dusty Millers
The Happy Campers’ Club, Thursday 4th February 2016

JVG Guitar Method
Happy Campers Club, Thursday 11th February 2016

Davies West
Happy Campers Club, Thursday 18th February 2016

Greg Champion
Happy Campers Club, Thursday 25th February 2016

Gallie and Leticia
Happy Campers Club, Thursday 3rd March 2016

Oakleigh Music Festival Day 2016
with The New Savages, Abbe May, Rob Snarski and Shane O’Mara, Cookin’ on 3 Burners with Stella Angelico and Tex Perkins
Warrawee Park, Sunday 13th March 2016

Bondi Cigars
Sunday 13th March 2016

Eilen Jewell
with the Dusty Millers
Saturday 26th March 2016

Frazey Ford
with Liz Stringer
Friday 1st April 2016

Suzannah Espie & Liz Stringer
Friday 15th April 2016

Weeping Willows and Bill Chambers Album Launch
with special guests
Sunday 17th April 2016

“Mum’s the Word” Mother’s Day Show
with Suzannah Espie, Julie O’hara, Peter Baylor, Tracey & Loretta Miller, Sam Lemann
Sunday 8th May 2016

Baby et Lulu
Sunday 29th May 2016

Chris Wilson
with the Mojo Corner
Friday 3rd June 2016

Don Walker
with Liz Stringer
Saturday 4th June 2016

The Very Round Robin
with Áine Tyrrell, Gallie, Rosie
and special guest Nick Martin
Saturday 18th June 2016

The Big Southern Cajun Dance Party
with Andy Baylor & his Cajun Combo with special guests Ross Wilson, The Dusty Millers (Lisa, Tracey & Loretta Miller), The Baylor Brothers (Donal, Peter & Andy) & Sam Lemann (guitar), Andy Scott (double bass), Sharkey Ramos (drums) & Chris Pascoe (accordian)
Saturday 10th September 2016

Grand Final Eve Pie Night 2016
with JVG, Ian Bland, Billy Miller, Fiona Lee Maynard, Simon Madden, Dave Evans, Andre Warhurst, Jack Howard, Dale Lindrea, Cal McApline
Friday 30th September 2016

Singalong with Rebecca Barnard and Billy Miller
with special guest Casey Bennetto
Wednesday 2nd November 2016

All Our Exes Live in Texas
with Mojo Juju
Thursday 3rd November 2016

Henry Wagons
with Lachlan Bryan
Friday 11th November 2016

The Wilson Pickers “You Can’t Catch a Fish From a Train” Album Launch
with Miss Eileen & King Lear
Saturday 3rd December 2016

with the Dusty Millers
Sunday 18th December 2016

Brian’s Big Christmas BBQ
with Tracy McNeil & The Good Life, Raised by Eagles (Duo) and Wisey’s Dream Set feat an all star ensemble – Shane O’Mara, Nick Barker, Rebecca Barnard, Charles Jenkins, Cat Leahy and Rick Plant
Sunday 11th December 2016



Whitetop Mountaineers Caravan
with Bill Jackson & Pete Fidler
Saturday 21st January 2017

Hat Fitz and Cara “After the Rain” Album Launch
with Written in Stone and If You See Her Say Hello
Wednesday 25th January 2017

Holler Roots Music Festival 2017
with Fiona Boynes and the Fortune Tellers, The Lachy Doley Group, Jeff Lang, Amnesia Blues Band, Dan Dinnen & Miss Whiskey, Sweet Felicia & the Honeytones, Hat Fitz & Cara, Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
17th – 19th February 2017

Live at Warrawee – Soul Explosion
Description: with Vika and Linda Bull, The Bamboos, The Meltdown, Hyjinx, Cook Island Dance Group, Warrawee Soul Choir led by Tracey Miller and featuring Loretta Miller, Oakleigh Brass, Peter Vadieveloo drummers, MC Brian Nankervis
Warrawee Park, Saturday 18th March 2017

Travelling Companions
Weeping Willows & Lachlan Bryan
with Freya Josephine Hollick
Saturday 6th May 2016

In Oakleigh Tonight
with Angie Hart and Paulie Stewart
Thursday 1st June 2017

Caravan Music Club 10th Birthday Celebration
with Gallie, the Dusty Millers, Billy Miller, Rebecca Barnard, Ian Bland, Suzannah Espie, Rob Snarski, Luke Sinclair, Liz Stringer, Chris Wilson
Sunday 12th November 2017



Mindi’s 60th Birthday
with the Large Number 12s
Sunday 8th July 2018

Eugene Hamilton and the Money
Sunday 14th July 2018

Billy Miller 50 Years in the Biz
with special guests
Sunday 29th Jult 2018

Rob Snarski and Shane O’Mara
Saturday 25th August 2018

Rhythms Magazine Launch
with Amarilo, Raised by Eagles Duo, Kelly Day, Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Shane O’Mara
Sunday 2nd September 2018

Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes with the Weeping Willows
Sunday 2nd September 2018

Ian Bland and Greg Hunt
Thursday 6th September 2018

In Oakleigh Tonight – Grand Final Edition
Featuring Jon Von Goes, Billy Miller, Simon Madden, Ian Bland, Fiona Lee Maynard, Jack Howard Backed By Hokey Pokey Oakleigh Karaoke Band Featuring Dave Evans, Nathan Farrelly, & Matt Earl
Thursday 27th September 2018

Baby et Lulu
Saturday 6th October 2018

Van Walker Trio
Wednesday 17th October 2018

Gallie “This side of the river” single launch & farewell
Sunday 4th November 2018

In Oakleigh Tonight
with Freya Josephine Hollick and Tim Rogers
Thursday 29th November 2018

In Oakleigh Tonight Christmas Show 2018
with Alyce Platt and Sean Kelly
Thursday 20th December 2018



Freya Josephine Hollick
Winnebago Lounge, Thursday 3rd January 2019

Don Walker and the Suave Fucks at the Caravan Music Club 16/02/19
with Lucie Thorne
Saturday 16th February 2019

Neil Murray “Blood & Longing” Album Launch
with Sarah Carroll
Saturday 30th March 2019

Rob Snarski “Sparrow & Swan” Album Launch
with BROADS and special guests
Friday 5th April 2019

Icecream Hands “Sweeter than Radio” 20th Anniversary
with the Smallgoods duo
Saturday 18th May 2019

Mike Rudd 50th Anniversary
with Chris Stockley Band, Madder Lake
Sunday 26th May 2019

Chad Morgan
with the Muirs
Sunday 6th October 2019

The Girl From Chickasaw County – An Ode To Bobbie Gentry
featuring Rebecca Barnard, Lisa Miller, Sarah Carroll, Helen Ryder, Rob Snarski & Lachlan Bryan, with THE OKOLONA FOUR – Matt Walker, Bruce Haymes, Stephen Hadley & Roger Bergodaz
Saturday 9th November 2019



Songs from 1000 Sundays – 20 years of Warner Corner
with Dan Warner and friends
Sunday 9th February 2020

Introduction to Korean Cinema

With the win of Parasite (2019) at the 2020 Academy Awards I thought I would go through and put together a bit of a guide to people confused as to where to start with Korean cinema and who haven’t had the experience of watching it since the early 2000s when it first started taking off at least in the festival circuit internationally.

These are all movies I have seen and would recommend based on your level of knowledge of Korean cinema. I am not really big on the horror genre so there might be some omissions due to me personally not having seen some of the more popular ones in that area.


If you have no knowledge at all of Korean cinema it is worth finding a couple of movies to start off easier so you don’t get confused.

Volcano High (2001)

This one is fun and easy to get into. I first saw it at MIFF one year and ended up going back to see it again before the end of the festival, something which I almost never do (also having a festival passport had something to do with it.) One of my first DVD purchases of a Korean DVD from a time where you could buy legit copies in the CBD. There is a dubbed version and also one done by MTV rappers but yeah nah.

Joint Security Area (2000)

I first saw this at the Forum Theatre upstairs for MIFF and then again in November the same year. The first time I came across Song Kang Ho in a movie and his performance is the best thing about it.

Also started my addiction to Choco Pies but they must have better ones in Korea as all the ones I have had are stale. I grabbed a copy of this from the same DVD store I got Volcano High from to get Park Chan-Wook to sign it at MIFF when he came to do a Q&A for Old Boy.

Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005)

A lovely family friendly story about opposing sides coming together in the midst of a war to work together to save a village. It is funny and sad and does remind me of a Myazaki movie at points.

The Host (2006)

Although people say to see Memories of Murder first or Mother, those two rely on you knowing a bit more about Korea to get something out of them. This has the hook of the environmental angle and military crackdown. It is also a movie about a family having to work together to achieve something and not trusting the government. Some scenes feel like you should not be laughing at them such as the fight the family has at the memorial service but you still do.

Song Kang Ho is so funny and silly here and has great pathos. In one scene he can’t even run away from people chasing him as he is so sad and pathetically covers up a body with a piece of cardboard.

The King and the Clown (2005)

With costumed dramas being so popular in South Korea this is as good a representative of any for those for a wider audience. I don’t think it matters the main couple is LGBTIQ at all, stop being such a big tough guy and just kiss him you fool!

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

With a large ensemble cast that includes the famous Choi Min-sik this story of two brothers separated by war is one of the biggest Korean war movies ever in terms of box office and they always tend to do well. This isn’t M*A*S*H buddy! Stuff goes down and it is a serious and long movie. I remember seeing it with an intermission at the Astor Theatre in Melbourne along with Joint Security Area (they are doing a Bong Joon Ho retrospective coming up.)

Train to Busan (2016)

If you are only going to watch one Korean zombie movie make it this one. Takes an overdone concept and accelerates it by having the action take place in an enclosed space that could have another story within it from just the high school baseball team trapped in the other carriage. There is a prequel Seoul Station (2016) but it is not really necessary to watch unless you want more background to the initial outbreak. The little girl is the real star of this movie as it is about her journey.


If you have seen a few films from Korea and want to go further into it. I know people think some of these should be the first people should see, but there are reasons not to.

Oldboy (2003)

This was the darling of the festival circuit on its’ release. I even bought the Korean version and the soundtrack but its’ impact has dulled somewhat with the likes of the Raid movies and the Night Comes for Us upping the depiction of violence on screen. The fairly average remake did not help matters nor did the Bollywood version Zinda which totally missed the point of it. If you were going to get it these days I would get one of the deluxe releases with all three movies from the trilogy. Park Chan Wook said Sympathy for Mr Vengeance is his favourite even though not as many people like it.


Yellow Sea (2010)

Nice movie, but could use more stabbing. Saw this back to back with the Unjust at MIFF one year and that is a bit too much considering how high the stakes are in that movie to come out and go straight into this one. I actually ended up buying this one as I wanted to see it again.

Memories of Murder (2003)

This one was recommended to me back when people still talked about movies on film forums and not just podcast or podcast discussion groups. Due to the historical setting and cultural differences it does take a bit more to get into but it is worth it. Sang Kang Ho plays a yokel country cop whose methods get results but are not by the book. His city counterpart is all about the correct procedure and trusts in science. I had the Korean special edition at one point which actually shows you who the killer is if you sit through an hour long documentary with no subtitles (may just be the hand model though.)

The Quiet Family (1998)

A fun comedy of errors later remade as Happiness of the Katikuris to much more success. This one is great though and has a lot of recognisable actors hamming it up here.

The Chaser (2008)

A detective story, race against time thriller and serial killer film all in one. The stakes are very high in this one to the point of the main protagonist is ready to take out people who are meant to be helping him to try and find the killer (the scene where he crashes the police van). The little girl is a star there is a hard scene to watch at one point.


Of course you may watch these movies in whatever order you want, but I have warned you and you would not get as much out of them unless you have at least some knowledge of Korean culture beforehand. Notice that I did not say language as I still do not know Korean at all even after 20 years of watching films from South Korea.

Thirst (2009)

So deliciously wicked and I can’t believe that I saw this back to back with the Chaser at MIFF one year. Park Chan Wook directs and Song Kang Ho stars as a vampire priest trying to control his base urges but he is led astray by lust. The lady vampire enjoys her new power it even more and does get her time to shine, which could have been a whole other movie by itself.

Mother (2009)

A much more personal film from Bong Joon Ho about a mother in a small town who will go to any lengths to prove the innocence of her son after a murder of a local teenager. I do mean any lengths and you will be surprised how far she takes it. This movie and Sympathy for Mr Vengeance also comment on the lack of health care in South Korea.

Snowpiercer (2013)

The live action version of French graphic novel Le Transperceneige has divided audience over its weirdness and hard sci fi setting but I like it. This is also in light of the Bong Joon Ho getting one over Harvey Weinstein who wanted to cut it even more “it was a fucking lie. My father was not a fisherman”.  Tilda Swinton has an uncredited cameo in the film and Song Kang Ho features as a drug addicted engineer. Chris Evans is the lead but it is a multinational effort this one. I am interested in seeing how they go with the TV series.

Midnight Ballad for the Ghost Theatre (2006) / The Fox Family (2006)

Finding these was a complete surprise for me as I had never heard of them and there was no English writing on the DVD boxes at all. I had to rely on the staff at the store to even find out if there was subtitles. Some things to require a leap of faith and it was worthwhile for these.

Midnight Ballard for the Ghost Theatre is a Korean take on Rocky Horror Picture show will all new songs and a young girl as the main character. Lots of singing and dancing and a positive outcome.

The Fox Family assumes you know the legend of the foxes who have to eat a human liver to stay in human form. Very strange and out there in parts but well worth it if you can find it.

The Handmaiden (2016)

Park Chan Wook’s version of the novel Fingersmith is transferred to pre-World War II Korea but is quite a trip. I felt like a perv watching it in a cinema and no wonder it sold out both screenings at MIFF plus a bonus session. Not really as accessible as some of his other work but then again this director does not like to repeat himself. I have still not seen his Hollywood effort.

The Wailing (2016)

A supernatural thriller and detective story that actively punishes you for thinking that you “get it”. I did not expect to have any laughs in this at all but there you are. Some of the scenes are quite disturbing and I could not work out my feelings towards it at the time so I never did a proper review.

Vale RRR BBQ Day (2002 – 2019)

I already knew it was not going to be on this year, given everything else that has happened I don’t blame them. Plus I almost KO’ed myself in that heat. February is too hot to have an even like this outside.

Was some random ringing up Biggsy on 7th Feburary 2020 who confirmed that it was not going ahead and last year’s was the last one ever. I cannot find any official announcement at all and the station manager did not answer my inquiry.

It is a lot of work to organise each year including Ian Bland re-writing all the song lyrics, the band having to practice and each of the people singing having to do their songs. Dan’s gig will be the substitute for it any way and at least the band will be compensated for their work monetarily for once.

Was some word of another event replacing it, good luck to it and I hope it goes well.

RRR Rooftop (2002 – 2003)

National BBQ Day
The Rooftop Cafe, Sunday 24th November 2002

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2003
the Rooftop Cafe, Sunday 7th December 2003

CERES Environment Park (2004 – 2019)

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2004
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, December 5th 2004


RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2005
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 4th December, 2005

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2006
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 3rd December, 2006
with special guests Ian Bland, Gary Adams, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra: Big Kev, Dan, Ed Bates, Dan Warner, Marcel Borrack, Sarah Carroll, Fred Negro, Wagons, Tides of Welcome Community Choir, Barb Waters, Wes & Horse, Suzannah Espie, Dr Pump, Merri Creek Primary School dancers

Melbourne BBQ Day 2007
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 2rd December, 2007
with special guests Ian Bland, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Sime Nugent, Tracee Hutchison, Bob Starkey, Sarah Carroll, Wes & Horse Harrington, Barb Waters, Angry (Wally) Meanie, DC Root, Fred Negro, Wolfgramm Sisters, Marcel Borrack, Chuck Steak Jenkins, Big Kev, Dan, Matt Earle, Ed Bates


RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2008
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 7th December, 2008
with special guests Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Harrington Brothers, Ian Bland, Barb Waters, Bob Starkie, Charles Jenkins, Dave Larkin, Dr Pump, Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Adam Simmonds, Wagons, Fred Negro, Jimmy Clinkerfield, Wolfgramm Sisters

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2009
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 6th December 2009
with special guests Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Sarah Carroll, Marcel Borrack, JVG, Barb Waters, Ian Bland, Dave Larkin, The Eggs, Van Walker, Jimmy Clinkerfield, Stewart Farrell, The Harrington Brothers, Chris O’Connor, Wolfgramm Sisters, Dr Pump

RRR Melbourne BBQ Day 2010
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 5th December 2010
with special guests Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Barb Waters, Quincy McLean, Oliver Mann, Oliver Mann, Fred Negro, Jesse Lawrence, Chris Wilson, Lynelle Moran, Sean Dooley, Wolfgramm Sisters, Jane Clifton, Mark Ferrie, Charles Jenkins, Sime Nugent, Sarah Carroll, Dr Pump

RRR BBQ Day 2011
with JVG, the Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Paul Thomas, Nathan Farrelly, Matt Earl, Dave Evans, Ed Bates, Adam Simmons, Sgt. Slaughter), Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Kerri Simpson, Paulie Stewart & FLYBZ, Ben Birchall, Ian Bland, Jimmy Clinkerfield, Stewart Farrell, Pete Ewing, Tracy McNeil & Luke Sinclair, Cash Savage, Mikelangelo, Go Go Sapien, Dr Pump
Ceres Environmental Park, Sunday 4th December 2011

RRR BBQ Day 2012
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Adam Simmons, Ed Bates, Marcel Borrack, Bruce Haymes), Pete Ewing, Horse and Wes Harrington, Steve Pinkerton, The Rebelles, Fraser A Gorman, Jess McGuire, Ben Birchall, Sarah Carroll, Mikelangelo, Cash Savage, Kerri Simpson, Casey Bennetto, Suzannah Espie, Gleny Rae Virus, Dr Pump, Tim Rogers, Stew Farrell
Ceres Environmental Park, Sunday 2nd December 2012

RRR BBQ Day 2013
Description: with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Adam Simmons, Ed Bates, Marcel Borrack, Alex), Angie Hart, Van and Cal Walker, Ben Birchall, Adam Simmons, Pete Ewing, The Nymphs, William Ewing, Suzannah Espie, Sarah Carroll, Kerri Simpson, Cash Savage, Casey Bennetto, The Rebelles, Dr Pump
Ceres Environmental Park, Sunday 1st December 2013

RRR BBQ Day 2014
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Adam Simmons, Ed Bates, Marcel Borrack, Dave Evans, Stephen Temple, Jane Hendry), The Burnt Sausages, Kerrie Simpson, Sarah Carroll, Danny Walsh, Kit & Andre Warhurst, Horse and Wes Harrington, Peter and William Ewing, Cash Savage, Billy Miller, Paulie Stewart, Casey Bennetto, Dr Pump
RRR Performance Space, Sunday 7th December 2014

RRR BBQ Day 2015
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Adam Simmons, Dan Hall), Ian Bland, Josh Earl, Suzannah Espie, Danny Walsh, Kate Boston Smith, Pete Ewing, Andy Reid, Angie Hart, Cash Savage, Dr Pump, Sarah Carroll, Eugene Hamilton, Slats
Ceres Environment Park, Sunday 6th December 2015

RRR BBQ Day 2016
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Marcel Borrack, Dan Hall, Ed Bates), Pete Ewing, Laura Imbruglia, Tim Rogers, Delsinki Records & Brooke, Kerri Simpson, Lucy Dwyer, Jemma Rowlands, Dr Pump, Fiona Lee Maynard, Angie Hart, Simon Edwards, Slatts, Casey Bennetto, Scott Edgar
Ceres Environment Park, Sunday 4th December 2016

RRR BBQ Day 2017/2018 (2017 rescheduled due to storm warning)
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Ian Bland, Amerina Waters, Sarah Carroll, Pete, Hollie Joyce, Luke Sinclair, Dan Hall, Casey Bennetto, George Wilson, Lucy Dwyer, Dr Pump
Ceres Environment Park, Sunday 25th February 2018

RRR BBQ Day 2019
with JVG, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra (Dan Warner, Matt Earl, Nathan Farrelly, Marcel Borrack, Dan Hall), Ian Bland, Cleo and Georgie, Eugene Hamilton, Sarah Carroll, George Wilson, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Slatts, Fergus McAlpine, Lucy Dwyer, Danny Walsh, Kerri Simpson, Henry Wagons, Hollie Joyce, Pumpy
Ceres Environment Park, Sunday 24th February 2019

Best Japanese Movies of the 2010s

Again, I have not really seen enough of these outside of a festival environment to do a best and worst list.

Outrage Coda (2017)

Beat Takeshi is still turning out solid movies and I didn’t feel like I missed anything not seeing the other films in this series.

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Very Japanese in the way the Legendary pictures movies are not. People may claim that Godzilla is hardly in those other movies but this movie is mainly meetings. The director’s experience on Neon Genesis Evangelion comes through as the monster is dealt with as if it is a natural disaster and then a military threat with combined arms tactics used.

Love and Peace (2015)

This was the first movie I watched after a stay in hospital as I had been wanting to see it for years. Worth it.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

“Oh no I left the goats out!” Great to see a documentary about Hayao Miyazaki finally and as it turned out it was not his final movie after all.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

This movie took so long to complete no one thought it would ever be finished. This director is the more prickly of the Studio Ghibili directors. A unique story and sweet visuals to go with it.

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013)

Wooo-boy! A nice action movie and severe burn on do-nothing film “experts” who sit around talking about how they can make the best movie ever if they ever did anything.

13 Assassins (2010)

A huge ensemble cast take on a brutal lord. Everyone gets their chance to shine. There are many different cuts of this movie for some reason?


Best Indonesian Movies of the 2010s

I didn’t really see enough to do a “worst” part of the list. A lot of these are ones I saw at MIFF but the Raid movies and the Night Comes for Us are from other times and Netflix.

The Raid: Redemption (2011) / The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

Truly epoch-making action cinema. Even if you do not watch Asian action cinema at all you would have watched something that has been influenced by these two movies. I keep seeing other stunts and fight choreography that has been borrowed from this film. Cecep Arif Rahman in John Wick 3 not being defeated on screen was due to the amount of respect Keanu Reeves had for the actor.

The Night Comes For Us (2018)

“When they are shooting it is like two dogs fighting over a bone, but as soon as the camera stops it is all smiles and backslaps.” – the director on whether the stars of the movie had a “knock down” clause like the Rock and Jason Statham.

Takes the action of the Raid films and kicks it up one notch further adding more gore and painful to watch violence. The Operator could do her own film easily. Also, when in doubt pop that collar!

The Act of Killing (2012) / The Look of Silence (2014)

When Errol Morris and Werner Herzog decide to jump on board as producers, you know it is something important and it was. At the Q&A for the first documentary I took 19 pages of notes, people asked question in Indonesian.

The second film was actually meant to be made first but was shut down by the army so they went to interview the perpetrators of the violence instead.

Best and Worst Korean Movies of the 2010s

I have gone more towards South Korea this decade even though I don’t often get the opportunity to see movies from that country outside of film festivals or special screenings. There is a stated goal from South Korea’s government for them to make quality cinema and spread their culture overseas they want to win all the awards. This is not in any sort of order other than by year.


Parasite (2019)

It only just came out but is pretty much ruling all at this point. If it wins the Academy Award for Best Picture Song Kang-Ho can run around with his underpants on his head and still get roles.

Train to Busan (2016)

Still don’t know how they are going to follow this up? I would like to see a parallel story following the high school baseball team from the other carriage. You can watch the prequel Seoul Station but it is not really necessary (I saw it on a double bill with this movie.)

The Age of Shadows (2016)

Best use of baby poo bum in a movie to break tension ever.

The Wailing (2016)

I could not organise my feelings about this movie into a form that I could put down. I have not seen a movie that punishes you so hard for making assumptions or thinking that you “get it”.

The Handmaiden (2016)

I felt like a perv watching this movie in the cinema. No wonder both sessions plus the bonus screening at MIFF sold out that year.

Snowpiercer (2013)

I do remember liking this at the time but not sure it stands up as much as the director’s other work.

Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012)

And old-school propaganda movie from North Korea but with a nice sweet story and supporting equality.


War of the Arrows (2011)

I think this was a Korean Film Festival in Australia watch? I remember liking it a lot when it first came out.


The Yellow Sea (2010)

A good movie but it could have used more stabbing…



Rampant (2018)

More of a disappointment they could not decide if this wants to be an action movie or a historical drama. Everything stops dead when it switches styles. By all accounts Kingdom is everything this movie is not.

Aim High in Creation! (2013)

OK, this a cheat since it is an Australian director in director but gets special mention due to the director not telling the people from Stop CSG Sydney that she was making a communist propaganda movie. Doubly so since her and the tour guide director criticized at the Q&A the director of the Red Chapel for deceiving their North Korean hosts.

End of Animal (2010)


Best and Worst Hong Kong Movies of the 2010s


Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)
Dr Donkey Wang I presume?

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
If you are a fan of Donnie Yen and martial arts movies I would still recommend this movie, otherwise you might want to wait for “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” that looks a lot better (and it was).

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)
While not essential viewing compared to some of Tsui Hark’s earlier work, it is still a lot better than the super serious historical Chinese epics or all the “Happy Birthday China” movies that seem to be coming out at the moment.

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013)
The better of the two Journey to the West trilogies by a mile.

Cook up a Storm (2017)
Accidental comedy masterpiece FUCK YOU DAD! *throws bottle of hard liquor at giant poster of Anthony Wong*

Shadow (2018)
For those of you who prefer your action more slow and complatitive

Project Gutenberg (2018)
This got a lot of shit but I liked it. That shot of Chow Yun Fat setting the counterfeit money on fire is totally not in the movie. Needs 100% more scenes of the engraving the money.

IP Man 4 (2019)
A nice wrap up to the series and well worth your time when it comes out on streaming or whatever service you get to see it through. I thought I reviewed the 3rd one by I can’t find it. This serves for both.


Monkey King (2014)
This film is a mess.

Sky on Fire (2016)

The Mermaid (2016)
Supposedly the biggest box office of the year in the world, why do I not care about any of the characters or story at all?

Bleeding Steel (2017)
Some of these actors should have just asked if they needed the money this much. I am ashamed to watch it.

L Storm (2018)
Not bad, just adequate, but movies have to do a lot more than just be OK these days. Louis Koo’s hair is indestructible as it even survives getting electrocuted and his suit is always immaculate.

Big Brother (2018)
I did like the go cart chase, but this movie seems like Dangerous Minds did it better in the 90s.

Triple Threat (2019)
Not enough Michael Wong, negative a billion! 2009-2019: Various other stats

Visits by country

# Country/Region Hits % of Total Hits Visits % of Total Visits
1 United States 14,562,557 36.34% 2,133,024 45.77%
2 China 1,509,849 3.77% 1,158,137 24.85%
3 United Kingdom 926,337 2.31% 456,422 9.79%
4 Italy 339,915 0.85% 192,885 4.14%
5 Australia 5,084,857 12.69% 181,078 3.89%
6 Russian Federation 1,737,461 4.34% 133,948 2.87%
7 Netherlands 8,404,556 20.97% 85,456 1.83%
8 Germany 4,711,765 11.76% 50,943 1.09%
9 Japan 203,641 0.51% 50,044 1.07%
10 France 731,084 1.82% 40,973 0.88%
11 Canada 225,701 0.56% 29,858 0.64%
12 Unknown 337,016 0.84% 27,456 0.59%
13 Ukraine 426,452 1.06% 22,155 0.48%
14 Sweden 120,141 0.30% 21,417 0.46%
15 Dominica 225,647 0.56% 16,932 0.36%
16 Ireland 23,887 0.06% 6,592 0.14%
17 Czech Republic 29,110 0.07% 5,425 0.12%
18 Taiwan 9,406 0.02% 3,264 0.07%
19 Hong Kong 14,075 0.04% 3,235 0.07%
20 Korea, Republic Of 6,526 0.02% 2,851 0.06%
21 Luxembourg 7,060 0.02% 2,780 0.06%
22 Poland 85,361 0.21% 2,745 0.06%
23 New Zealand 28,214 0.07% 2,402 0.05%
24 Belgium 11,610 0.03% 2,270 0.05%
25 Turkey 5,660 0.01% 2,107 0.05%
26 Spain 15,817 0.04% 1,624 0.03%
27 Switzerland 20,419 0.05% 1,588 0.03%
28 Finland 14,981 0.04% 1,478 0.03%
29 Brazil 7,058 0.02% 1,390 0.03%
30 Viet Nam 3,043 0.01% 1,325 0.03%
31 Norway 35,404 0.09% 1,200 0.03%
32 India 9,457 0.02% 1,145 0.02%
33 Austria 5,398 0.01% 1,119 0.02%
34 Singapore 5,563 0.01% 1,070 0.02%
35 Romania 9,412 0.02% 945 0.02%
36 Denmark 11,221 0.03% 920 0.02%
37 Mexico 4,498 0.01% 907 0.02%
38 Indonesia 5,150 0.01% 805 0.02%
39 Israel 48,766 0.12% 725 0.02%
40 Philippines 5,220 0.01% 649 0.01%
41 Malaysia 3,521 0.01% 555 0.01%
42 Greece 8,357 0.02% 505 0.01%
43 South Africa 2,474 0.01% 504 0.01%
44 Thailand 27,524 0.07% 474 0.01%
45 Hungary 5,439 0.01% 394 0.01%
46 Argentina 3,103 0.01% 384 0.01%
47 Portugal 2,227 0.01% 352 0.01%
48 Iceland 2,352 0.01% 281 0.01%
49 Iran, Islamic Republic Of 4,608 0.01% 279 0.01%
50 United Arab Emirates 1,848 0.00% 259 0.01%
Subtotal 40,030,748 99.90% 4,655,276 99.89%
Total 40,070,460 100.00% 4,660,547 100.00%

Top referral sites

# URL Visits Pageviews
1 62,265 188,476
2 49,575 31,971
3 10,831 95,071
4 4,206 21,121
5 1,902 2,460
6 1,506 6,643
7 1,449 18,769
8 1,296 4,476
9 1,220 8,681
10 777 988

Top search phrases

# Search Phrase Visits Pageview
1 tim chuma 558 9,620
2 tim chuma photos 283 4,239
3 peter lillie 233 2,050
4 the bawdies 219 32
5 steve prictor 182 1,648
6 atlanta coogan 156 1,094
7 female streaker 132 21
8 slim whittle 117 602
9 robot 105 134
10 tim chuma photography 99 1,174
11 stew farrell 98 824
12 eve von bibra 94 6
13 90 114
14 astroboy 88 61
15 fee bee squared 86 519
16 sideshow brides 84 767
17 stuart speed 82 648
18 wolfram sisters 76 131
19 megan washington tim rogers 75 213
20 tim rogers megan washington 68 167
21 66 66
22 kk juggy 64 809
23 stew farrell rrr 62 390
24 tim chmielewski 62 632
25 61 79
26 the shimmys 59 829
27 rohan hoult 58 264
28 57 261
29 chris altman 56 118
30 bawdies 54 10
31 blurb vs lulu 54 56
32 kibology/ gasmaskgirl.jpg 50 0
33 fred t farlowe 49 258
34 burlesque 49 303
35 jonnine standish 48 46
36 the rebelles 48 349
37 caravan music club 48 248
38 bombshell babes 46 58
39 toot toot 46 0
40 gideon preiss 45 239
41 rosemary walton 45 296
42 timchuma 43 784
43 chuma 42 50
44 brain chuma 41 46
45 stephen teakle 40 133
46 caravan music club photos 40 260
47 andrew ogburn 39 393
48 acey monaro 38 146
49 feebee squared 37 204
50 female streakers 37 0
Subtotal 4,409 31,391
Total 20,527 133,377

Top keyword searches

# Search Keyword Searches
1 the 1,724
2 tim 1,604
3 chuma 1,462
4 photos 820
5 and 677
6 club 470
7 melbourne 421
8 rrr 396
9 music 339
10 peter 333
11 band 312
12 of 311
13 caravan 304
14 blurb 302
15 lillie 297
16 lulu 286
17 bawdies 276
18 rogers 271
19 steve 250
20 washington 243
21 megan 236
22 prictor 233
23 photo 232
24 farrell 217
25 atlanta 216
26 coogan 205
27 cup 203
28 female 196
29 stew 189
30 community 181
31 robot 169
32 vs 166
33 in 165
34 squared 160
35 slim 156
36 drouin 155
37 photography 152
38 a 149
39 streaker 148
40 whittle 143
41 sarah 141
42 brides 140
43 chris 139
44 burlesque 138
45 juggy 138
46 festival 135
47 kk 133
48 fred 132
49 at 131
50 bee 129
Subtotal 16,125
Total 55,178 2009-2019: Top photo galleries

Running the numbers from 10 years of raw website logs shows the following. I have no idea of the timeframe of these visits could be anywhere in the range.

# Directory Hits Visits
1 /CommunityCup2007 238,194 61,906
2 /ToteLastDrinksEver 230,387 43,250
3 /AbsinthClub 181,875 55,330
4 /BeerBandsBurlesqueFloodBenefit 164,862 38,253
5 /Nymagee2009 150,458 36,285
6 /CommunityCup2010 134,767 39,036
7 /BoxWars16 132,040 22,682
8 /BoxWars15 113,847 15,847
9 /CommunityCup2009 109,046 29,093
10 /DSC50thAnniversary 108,060 27,267
11 /RobotvsWorld011009 107,385 5,534
12 /SomedayWellFindIt 107,220 31,637
13 /EspyRockdogsPieNight2010 106,631 32,689
14 /23Positions1NightStand 104,277 31,150
15 /K_nky020808 102,564 30,517
16 /LifeonMars 101,654 31,762
17 /SomethingGood 100,691 29,239
18 /RMS2006 98,337 25,473
19 /MelbourneBBQDay2009 96,351 16,571
20 /MelbourneBBQDay2010 92,727 18,901

Christmas – Large Number 12s

Christmas to where I came from…
New Year’s Eve with my new friend
Christmas to where I came from…
New Year’s Eve with my new friend

It was fun livin’ on a dream…
A big white dream
But I woke to see…
To see for real…
I want to go back to the people I love

Sleeping in your world…
Sleeping in this scene…
Has bought a change in me…
A change for real…

I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
Christmas to where I came from
New Year’s Eve with my new friend
Christmas to where I came from
New Year’s Eve with my new friend

Mother your children have grown
Far away…
You talk to them on the phone
Once a week…

I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back
I want to go back
I want to go back
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I want to go back
La la la la
Christmas to where I came from
New Year’s Eve with my new friend
I want to go back