I’ll probably be posting a series of short entries over the next couple of days as Hugo Weaving begins his stint helping with the promotion of his new film The Mule, which will have a special screening in Melbourne tonight, followed by another in Sydney tomorrow. He started things off early today with a radio interview for Triple M’s Breakfast show (well, early the 18th in Australia; it’s still late on the 17th over here, but the timing coincidentally worked out quite well with my own schedule for a change.) 😉
Unlike some radio programs I won’t bother naming, Triple M Radio (105.1 Melbourne) not only notified internet listeners that the interview would take place, but quickly made the finished version available online. I was lucky enough to hear most of it live, but I always prefer to share interviews in the formats sources offer them to avoid ruffling any feathers. I will try to embed the interview below, but if LJ or WP has issues, do head over to Triple M’s Hot Breakfast Highlights on Audioboom or the radio station’s page for the show, both of which already have the full interview up. Here are a couple of pictures shared as the interview happened:
Hugo Weaving with hosts Eddie McGuire and Mick Molloy before a radio interview promoting The Mule on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire, 18 Nov 2014
Photo: Triple M Melbourne via Twitter
“The great Hugo Weaving chatting about #TheMuleMovie @mmmhotbreakfast . In awe of this guys talent #respect” Dave Williams via Twitter
And here’s the full nine-minute interview. Hugo focuses mostly on The Mule (no spoilers) but also mentions The Dressmaker and Endgame, and has a few words of advice for Australian filmmakers. (Very sound advice, in my opinion.) He also re-emphasizes his love of homegrown indies over Hollywood product while acknowledging he’s lucky to be able to work in many different sorts of productions.
I will do my best to be on hand for any news of the Melbourne Cinema Nova screening of The Mule, and will add any new photos or news as it transpires. So… watch this space! 😉
Here are quotes from a few recent reviews of the film:
Dave Griffiths, Subculture Entertainment: "The Mule is actually a breath of fresh air in the Australian film industry because it gets so many things right. First of all as a first time director Tony Mahony (who shares the directional duties with Sampson) pretty much nails this film. He captures the period of 1983 well (despite the odd modern train appearing) and manages to mix the right amount of violence, comedy, drama and suspense together in a way that is not too dissimilar to an early Quentin Tarrantino. It’s rare that you watch a film where you find yourself barracking for a drug trafficker but just like the legendary Australian 2 yacht, here Ray is an Aussie battler taking it right up to the ‘big giants’ that want his scalp…
Mahony is of course aided by a wonderfully written script by Sampson and Whannell…There are moments when you are find yourself laughing out loud, gagging and almost vomiting at some of the things that Ray has to do with the condoms and at other times find the cinema to be in a state of suspense and it becomes unclear just how far Pat Shepherd (John Noble) and is henchmen are willing to go to silence Ray and his family. And as if the script hasn’t already delivered enough to like by then it then has a huge twist that most audience members certainly won’t see coming…
The cream on the cake in this film is the casting. The normally strong Noni Hazlehurst and Geoff Morrell once again deliver gold but it is the two leading men here who lead this ship to the winning post. It’s not too cruel to say that Sampson has been badly miscast a number of times over his career, none more obvious than in Incidious, but here Sampson delivers everything you would want to see a comedic leading man deliver. The fact that he also does well during the dramatic scenes shows that perhaps we have all misjudged Sampson over the years and he just need the right role to show us all what he is really capable of…Then opposite Sampson of course is Hugo Weaving who goes into complete bad guy mode playing ruthless, sexist, 1980s Federal Agent Croft to a tee. Croft allows Weaving to deliver some well timed punches to the stomach, sarcastic wit and beautifully delivered snarls alarmingly well and you hope the fact that this is one of Weaving’s best roles might mean that a few more people want to hunt down a copy of The Mule and give it a watch…
While the electronic release may frighten off some people The Mule is one Aussie film that is a must see this year."
Jarret Gahan, FakeShemp.net: "Sampson & Whannell’s screenplay is a clever one, not too dissimilar to an Elmore Leonard novel, richly layered, sullenly funny and blissfully disorientating with every twist and turn. Skilfully directed by Sampson and revered Australian music video stalwart Tony Mahony, the pair bring a style and sheen that not only does justice to its source material but elevates the film to that of an international standard. While period orientated cinema can often prove problematic for Australian productions due to the sheer fiscal value required for a film to work, THE MULE nails it with costuming, production design and a new wave score befitting its early-eighties era. The score by Mikey Young & Cornel Wilczek is in fact exceptional, pulsating and anthemic, it has your foot tapping in time with the shivers down your spine, infectious and brooding, it will stay with you for days. THE MULE is the full package, half a kilo of Australian drama cut with precise measures of laughs and suspense, worthy of your thorough inspection."