Mr B’s Hometown of Chinchilla Influenced the Mad Max Movies

Greek-Australian movie director George Miller‘s Mad Max series of movies were crucially influenced by the desiccated landscape and risk-taking car culture of Chinchilla, the little town in central Queensland that was also Mr B‘s hometown.

George’s family owned and ran the local café in the main street, Heeney Street, that my mother and other family members frequented.

George speaks about Chinchilla in this long, in-depth video interview at the Australian Screen website:

The latest instalment of the series, Mad Max: Fury Road, is now being covered by industry publications and website. Links below.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Brings 4K Video to Superzooms

Panasonic has announced a 4K superzoom hybrid bridge video/stills camera that is due for release in the northern hemisphere late July 2014. It will reportedly be priced under US$1000.


Report on Growing Inequality in Australia Released

Australia21 and The Australia Institute have released Advance Australia Fair? What to do about growing inequality in Australia for download and purchase as a printed edition.

Australia has a long and proud tradition of equality, but in recent decades the benefits of strong economic growth have flowed disproportionately to the rich. The growing gulf between those in the top range and those in the lower ranges of wealth and income distribution has profound effects on population health and wellbeing, on educational outcomes and there is increasing evidence that increasing inequality impedes economic productivity and growth. Read this report to discover 10 ways we can reduce inequality in Australia and preserve the land of the fair go.

Two Video Camera Comparisons via

It is a natural thing to compare a video camera one is considering buying with others that are currently available, even if the difference in price is as large as that between, say, the Panasonic GH4 and the RED EPIC. These two camera comparisons brought to us by are rather illuminating:

Panasonic GH4 Spotted in Chatswood NSW Today

Mere days after being informed that it would be some time still until the first Panasonic GH4 4K video/stills hybrid camera appeared in Australia, I spotted one earlier today in a store in the Sydney suburb of Chatswood. The camera with 12-35mm f/2.8 lens had arrived the night before and was placed in the window this morning.

The world of low/no budget independent moviemaking has suddenly changed for the better.