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Pop culture in Australia. Mostly the funny bits
After the champers, the shame: NYE considered, Bloom, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Jon Ronson and more
Jan 7 • 31 min
Did you wing it on New Year’s Eve or did you plan it? Did you wake up, like the subjects in Jon Ronson’s book, to the sad realisation that You’ve Been Publicly Shamed? Did you turn to the person beside you and ask, like Melissa McCarthy and Richard E.…
See any good films lately?
Jan 1 • 43 min
In which our heroes look back at the surprisingly rich pickings of 2018. See how many of the top 20 films of the year are on your list too. Karl Quinn is on Twitter, Facebook and writes a lot for Fairfax Media. The Clappers is produced by Nearly, a…
Ovens, call centres, evil Nazi laboratories
Dec 9, 2018 • 40 min
The Clappers review Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, Julius Avery’s horror movie-Nazi war film mash-up Overlord, and Rashida Jones’s documentary about her father Quincy
Byrning down the house
Dec 1, 2018 • 36 min
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Steve McQueen’s Widows, The Age Music Victoria Awards and the remarkable David Byrne live show.
Morgan, Mercury, the Old Man and more
Nov 26, 2018 • 31 min
Karl Quinn and Andrew Young review Bohemian Rhapsody, Shoplifters, The Old Man and the Gun and I Called Him Morgan.
From LA to New York, from New York to Napoli
Nov 18, 2018 • 38 min
Karl catches King Kong in the Big Apple, and likes it more than some of New York’s theatre reviewers. Suspiria is bewildering, and no amount of Andrew’s ferreting around in libraries can change that. And Andrew thinks My Brilliant Friend just might be a…
Mr Inbetween’s in-between years
Nov 3, 2018 • 22 min
In this special episode of The Clappers, Scott Ryan, the creator and star of Mr Inbetween, tells Karl Quinn where his slow-burning career went wrong, and why he’s still reluctant to believe it has all suddenly gone right.
First among equals
Oct 12, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode of The Clappers Karl and Andrew get blown away by First Man, and ponder the wild ride that is American Animals.
Show me the Venom!
Oct 7, 2018 • 30 min
Andrew takes a trip to showbag nirvana, and gets in a pickle with the police, while Karl exposes himself to Venom and asks if the world really needs 900 more Marvel characters.
Phoenix rising
Oct 3, 2018 • 29 min
The Clappers talk Joaquin Phoenix and trouble at the ABC
Ladies in Black, men in a pickle
Sep 22, 2018 • 29 min
Is it only acceptable to post images of a disgusting menu item if you’ve actually imbibed said dish? Andrew thinks so, but there’s no way Karl is putting that thing in his mouth. Plus, the discreet charms of the bourgeois Ladies in Black, the gorgeous…
Soul searching
Sep 15, 2018 • 36 min
And we’re back… Andrew trawls the streets of Fitzroy in search of a site worthy of his platter-spinning talents, Karl says Crazy Rich Asians is the Pride and Prejudice of its day, and the lads confront the true horror that is Jim Carrey’s haircut - and Mr…
A Feather(ston) in your cap
Sep 2, 2018 • 38 min
Andrew wonders who today’s Prime Minister is, while Karl takes a trip out to Heide to look at - but not sit in - some of the most perfect examples of the work of Australia’s most famous furniture designers. Grant and Mary Featherston make a showing at the…
Barnesy and the shark
Aug 25, 2018 • 27 min
Karl tags along as Jimmy Barnes revisits his childhood in Glasgow and Elizabeth in Working Class Boy, the doco based on the stage show based on the book based on the actual crappy and utterly impoverished upbringing of the Cold Chisel frontman. Andrew…
Blood on the floor … again
Aug 21, 2018 • 13 min
Another day in Canberra, another bout of bastardry and backstabbing. In this special episode of The Clappers, Andrew and Karl ponder it all and wonder if Peter Dutton retiring to the parlour to do the honourable thing was actually the right thing for the…
Did you spy it?
Aug 18, 2018 • 33 min
Andrew and Karl are shocked to find themselves on the same page for once, both raving about The Spy Who Dumped Me. But what was it that really caught Andrew’s eye, and should he have looked the other way? Plus a satisfyingly unsatisfying collection of…
Together at last: Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths
Aug 14, 2018 • 28 min
In this special bonus episode, Karl sits down for a chat with big-screen stars Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths about their latest roles - on the small screen - in Patrick Melrose and Dead Lucky respectively.
Can a work of art solve a real-life murder mystery?
Aug 12, 2018 • 34 min
Zanny Begg’s The Beehive at ACMI revisits the 1975 disappearance and presumed murder of journalist and activist Juanita Nielsen in King’s Cross, Sydney. The 30-minute video installation has a whopping 1344 possible permutations: is the answer in there…
Families, eh?
Aug 4, 2018 • 33 min
We’ve all got them, but thankfully not too many are like the mob in Patrick Melrose, the mini-series based on the memoirs of Edward St Aubyn. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving and it is (says Karl) excellent, if rather…
Billy Joel, Amy Adams, Robbie Arnott and the Unknown Patient
Jul 29, 2018 • 37 min
We cast the net far and wide, from the merits (or otherwise) of a certain New York piano man to the brilliance of Amy Adams in Sharp Objects, to the (near-)perfection of Taswegian author Robbie Arnott’s novel Flame, to a virtual reality film from…
Face, shoulder, leg
Jul 22, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode of your favourite pop culture podcast, Andrew and Karl come face to face with the Archibald Prize exhibition, mourn the departure of Richie Porte from le Tour with a broken shoulder, and scale the towering inferno that is Skyscraper with a…
We’re watching you
Jul 14, 2018 • 16 min
Foxtrot is a brilliant film from Israel about a soldier at a checkpoint who is killed. Or maybe he isn’t. Condor is a TV series about a man who comes back to his office to find everyone has been killed. It revisits the book on which the 1975 movie Robert…
I like your old stuff better than your new stuff
Jul 9, 2018 • 37 min
Playing classic albums live is all the rage, but is there any point besides nostalgia? The chaps consider the merits (or otherwise) of rehashing the likes of Tubular Bells, Get Born and The Velvet Underground & Nico on stage. Plus JK Simmons (or is it…
All at sea
Jul 2, 2018 • 29 min
Karl sinks his teeth into Adrift, Shailene Woodley’s based-on-fact woman-on-a-wrecked-boat film, and grapples with Hannah Gadsby’s amazing and confronting Nanette on Netflix. Andrew takes a moment to demonstrate (or is it remonstrate?) the correct way to…
After Kenny: The radical funding model behind Brothers’ Nest
Jun 26, 2018 • 18 min
In this bonus episode, Karl talks to Clayton Jacobson, director and co-star (with brother Shane) of the low-budget thriller Brothers’ Nest, about the long, lean years that followed the pair’s breakout success Kenny (2006), and the innovative approach that…
Brothers’ Nest, David Sedaris … and a blast from the past
Jun 25, 2018 • 33 min
Andrew and Karl brave the depths of the Melbourne winter to bring you cultural offerings from near and far. A darkly comic crime thriller, a sardonic memoir, chilly early-morning World Cup watching and the cruelly overlooked Ryan Gosling-Russell Crowe…
Hereditary, Upgrade, Mystery Road and more
Jun 16, 2018 • 33 min
Andrew has been reading The Death of Noah Glass, a murder mystery about time, Karl has checked out Hereditary, a movie about grief masquerading as a horror flick, and Upgrade, a movie about out-of-control technology. And they’ve both been watching Mystery…
New from Nearly - World Cup Road Trip
Jun 12, 2018 • 2 min
Packed and ready, Francis Leach and Tony Wilson are heading north. Far far north. Russia North. Subscribe to World Cup Road Trip here, where you’re listening, for a near-daily update on what happens off the pitch and among the fans. Let your mates know…
And then there was one…
Jun 6, 2018 • 32 min
It’s a mystery why Agatha Christie is suddenly in vogue again, but Andrew does his damnedest to work out why. Karl, meanwhile, goes to bat for Solo, which he reckons is everything a Star Wars movie ought to be - except financially successful. And finally,…
Melbourne Jazz Festival recommendations
Jun 5, 2018 • 4 min
Andrew jumps in quickly to give Melburnians and anyone visiting Melbourne until 10 June (this Sunday!!!) his picks of the Melbourne Jazz Festival in a rapid fire episode.
From LA to Lilydale, by bike
Jun 1, 2018 • 27 min
Andrew arrives in the studio this week with a forklift, which he needs to lift the massive but mightily impressive tome that is Perfidia, the second book in the second ofJames Ellroy’s LA Quartets (so, asks Karl not unreasonably, that would make it the…
The SBS scorecard: Handmaid good, Giro bad
May 29, 2018 • 20 min
It’s come a long way from the days of Soccer Before Sex, and we love SBS for its On Demand service and its commitment to excellent drama from around the world (hello, The Handmaid’s Tale), but can someone please explain to Andrew what the hell is going on…
Martin Freeman vs the Undead
May 23, 2018 • 21 min
While the star of The Hobbit and the UK version of The Office was in Australia to shoot the post-apocalyptic thriller Cargo, Karl snuck into his trailer for a quiet chat. The actor tried to convince his interlocutor that despite all those no-longer-living…
Helter skelter, it’s just too much Delta
May 21, 2018 • 29 min
She was a rather unconvincing Olivia Newton-John on telly, she’s got a new album of ONJ covers out, and she’s the most look-at-me of The Voice’s judges. So how much Delta Goodrem is too much, asks Karl (you’ll never guess Andrew’s answer). Andrew,…
Hope and despair: from Aki Kaurismaki to The Avengers
May 9, 2018 • 28 min
The movie business is increasingly dominated by the likes of Marvel’s Infinity War (which Karl rather likes), but it’s just as important for low-budget fare like Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side of Hope (which Andrew fairly loves) to find an audience if…
Peter Capaldi talks Dr Who and everyone’s favourite M——— -ucker
May 2, 2018 • 28 min
Karl sits down to chat with Peter Capaldi in a clanky sort of room. Peter was in Melbourne recently for a convention then he’s of again at the behest of TV and film. But he won’t be drawn on his involvement with Armando Annucci’s new project, David…
Playing against (stereo)type
Apr 28, 2018 • 20 min
On paper, the teen sex romp Blockers shouldn’t work and the Amy Schumer body-image comedy I Feel Pretty should. But we don’t watch movies on paper, do we, which just might explain why these two so roundly confound expectations.
Identity crisis
Apr 25, 2018 • 21 min
Karl has seen the first five epsiodes of Westworld season two and he’s so excited. Andrew is devouring Imposters and he’s beside himself (unless it’s just his doppelganger). What do these shows have in common, apart from the fact you can watch them on…
Wrecks and Rex and VFX
Apr 19, 2018 • 33 min
Andrew wants to talk about Trainwreck and the politics behind the fascination with ‘bad’ women (think Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears) going off the rails. Karl, meanwhile, thinks the critics of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs are barking up the…
Freaks, deviates, grotesques and… Morrissey
Mar 23, 2018 • 26 min
Karl nails himself to the old timber trestle and reads Autobiography by Nostalgia Icon and MP for Greater Weeping, Steven Patrick Morrissey… so you won’t have to.
Like pulling teeth
Mar 14, 2018 • 22 min
Andrew tries to sell Karl on the virtues of the Brunswick Music Festival in this episode, while Karl tries to convince Andrew to check out the Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon.
Loose lips cost jobs
Feb 28, 2018 • 33 min
The #MeToo moment claims another victim, but in the case of sacked American Idiot star Linden Furnell, does the punishment fit the crime? Plus Andrew goes to the cinema for his birthday, and lives - barely - to tell the tale.
It’s a jungle out there
Feb 18, 2018 • 29 min
What with Black Panthers, killer Stags, knee-cap smashing ice skaters and all-night lightfests it’s a wonder anyone feels safe enough to leave the house. Luckily, Andrew and Karl have ventured out, if only so you don’t need to.
Dracula, Batman, tents and boats
Feb 11, 2018 • 42 min
With the last of the summer wine still coursing through their veins, Andrew and Karl revisit Bram Stoker’s classic, delve into the Greening of Melbourne’s political north, and take a float down the Yarra in a dinghy with a couple of thousand others.
Nominating the nominated
Jan 22, 2018 • 14 min
The Oscars shortlist is almost upon us. Karl reckons he has a good idea who will be on it. Andrew puts the kettle on.
Summer reading list
Jan 12, 2018 • 26 min
Recommended summer reads from Andrew Young, perched out the back of Readings book shop in Carlton. Wednesdays with Bob by Bob Hawke, Derek Rielly, A pleasure to be here: The best of Clarke and Dawe 1989 - 2017 by John Clarke, How to write like Tolstoy by…
Geoffrey Wright on the new Romper Stomper TV series
Jan 7, 2018 • 36 min
Creator, writer and director of Romper Stomper joins Karl for a chat about what to expect in the new TV series.
Looking back on 2017
Dec 30, 2017 • 30 min
Thoughts, thanks and, of course, our favourites covered in 2017! That’s not to say they should be left there! The films, events, writings and the actings (much like the episodes) are prime for a revist, or a first if you’ve been busy. With an idle minute…
New Year’s Eve advice
Dec 29, 2017 • 15 min
A must-listen before the end of the year - it’s so close! Sage advice from experienced New Year’s Eve’rs Karl and Andrew.
The Clappers summer movie guide
Dec 26, 2017 • 34 min
Believe it or not, there’s more going on at the cinema right now than a certain small picture set in a galaxy far far away. So while Andrew dozes in front of the cricket, Karl rounds up the best of the summer movie releases - and he’s convinced there are…
The Force and the factory
Dec 19, 2017 • 24 min
It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for another Star Wars film. The Last Jedi is movie number eight in a trilogy of trilogies, and as far as Andrew is concerned the end can hardly come soon enough. But what does Karl say? Is the Force strong…
The worst movie ever made, revisited
Dec 13, 2017 • 24 min
The Disaster Artist is James Franco’s movie about the making of The Room, which has famously been called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”. Yep, it’s that bad. Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, the man who wrote, directed, starred in and paid for this $6 million…
It’s a long way to the top
Dec 7, 2017 • 33 min
The Easybeats come to life in the terrific (if predictably named) drama Friday on my Mind, the tortured father-son relationship behind Winnie the Pooh makes for a surprisingly hard-headed film, tears flow at an afternoon of letters, and Andrew finds an…
Is nothing Sacred?
Nov 30, 2017 • 36 min
In which our heroes run the moral compass over Yorgos Lanthimos’s shocking modern Greek tragedy The Killing of a Sacred Deer, consider the virtues of No Activity, look at the ramifications of the Northcote by-election, and ponder the etiquette of the…
Yes, yes, yes
Nov 20, 2017 • 32 min
The day Australia made like Molly Bloom and gave 1.5 thumbs up to marriage equality, plus a return visit to the Pop-Up Globe, where sexual politics and making history are also on the agenda.
Different strokes
Nov 14, 2017 • 29 min
Loving Vincent is a murder mystery, 65,000 frames in the making. The Northcote by-election is a political conundrum, 30,000 votes (or so) for the taking and The White Queen, Quarterly Essay by David Marr.
Is Thor: Ragnarok bad for Australia?
Nov 6, 2017 • 32 min
The local film industry is booming, thanks to a handful of blockbuster imports. But could a very good year for film production actually be bad news? Plus Clique, a university thriller that clicks, and Andrew’s guide to wedding etiquette.
It’s exclusive yet entirely open and welcoming
Nov 1, 2017 • 3 min
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Two men and a dog
Oct 29, 2017 • 35 min
Brett Whiteley forgeries spawn a fascinating legal drama, the great indigenous artist Albert Namatjira makes news almost 60 years after his death, and what the hell went wrong with Snowman, Michael Fassbender’s new Scandi-noir thriller, which should have…
The mysterious case of the banana in the mens’ room
Oct 23, 2017 • 38 min
Violent disagreement over the merits of White Famous, and a visit to a regional art gallery reveals that some people like to eat their lunches in very strange places indeed.
Past perfect, future imperfect
Oct 16, 2017 • 24 min
Andrew dives into the bearpit of Shakespeare the way it was and finds that’s as he likes it, while Karl comes to grips with the end of humanity as we know it in Blade Runner 2049.
Black, not like me
Oct 11, 2017 • 34 min
I Am Not Your Negro, based on the writings of the extraordinary American author James Baldwin, and Fair Game, about former AFL footballer Heritier Lumumba, aka Harry O’Brien.
Wake in Fright
Oct 3, 2017 • 19 min
Special episode! Karl and Andrew mull Wake in Fright, Kenneth Cook’s 1961 novel about fear and loathing in the Australian outback, which was famously and brilliantly filmed by Canadian Ted Kotcheff in 1971.
Marvel us, Melbourne
Oct 1, 2017 • 28 min
Footy finals fever, Russian constructivism, the ethics of the zoo.
Brought to you by the letter D
Sep 21, 2017 • 31 min
Because D is for The Deuce (David Simon’s new show), it’s for The Dice (as in Andrew, Clay), it’s for Dick (that’s Phillip K) and it’s for the deplorables. Honest.
The word on La Strada
Sep 16, 2017 • 32 min
Andrew talks Italian street fiction, from Pier Paolo Pasolini to Elena Ferrante and beyond, Karl tries to make sense of Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, and the implications for gossip sites of Rebel Wilson’s record defamation payout are considered.
Clowning Around
Sep 8, 2017 • 31 min
Andrew and Karl grapple with Pennywise, the red-wigged ghoul of Stephen King’s It, and wonder why clowns get such a bad rap. Then it’s off to the boozer for Pumpy’s Pub Quiz. First up! On yer bikes for La Vuelta and the excellent, and very funny, cycling…
How to make a film for $60,000
Sep 1, 2017 • 26 min
‘That’s Not Me’ is a smart Gen Y comedy about dreams and the value of letting them go
Blue Murder, GoT jumps a dragon & I’m Dying Up Here
Aug 28, 2017 • 29 min
Australian criminals, dragons and death on stage
Lighten up, Throners
Aug 12, 2017 • 31 min
Stop taking Game of Thrones so seriously! The Go-Betweens, Elephant Man and MIFF!
From dating fails to The Handmaid’s Tale
Aug 6, 2017 • 24 min
In which our intrepid hosts, Andrew Young and Karl Quinn, ponder the bizarre mating rituals being played out on our screens, from The Bachelor and When Adam Met Eve to China’s If You Are the One and the dystopian nightmares of The Handmaid’s Tale and…
Dunkirk, Baby Driver & le Tour
Jul 28, 2017 • 27 min
Fast cars, fast planes, fast bikes, slow boats.
Zimmer Frame Pogo
Jul 12, 2017 • 23 min
Bands from our youth - is there anything dishonourable in going back to what you know?
Lady MacBeth, Kedi and the Dynamic Hepnotics
Jul 9, 2017 • 21 min
Karl and Andrew dive into the films Lady MacBeth & Kedi before a review of the Dynamic Hepnotics recent live show.
Not the first episode
Jul 6, 2017 • 1 min
An irreverent weekly wrap up of the best in books, film, music and culture.