You Can't Laugh at That!

JULY 29 - 5:30PM

GUEST: ABE FORSYTHE – Writer/Director of new Aussie comedy feature Down Under

Comedy Or Tragedy – It’s a Riot Either Way 

Abe Forsythe is an Aussie writer/director who has just released his black comedy feature DownUnder (2016) which recently had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney FilmFestival to rave reviews, and also received official selection to the currently running Melbourne International Film Festival. Down Under is a provocative black comedy set during the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots, which dares to explore the funny side of a very ugly situation.

“The most heart-warming comedy about stupidity and racism you will see this year.” – Andrew Denton

“A must-see comedy.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Abe sits down with Friday On My Mind host Giles Hardie to discuss the tricky and often controversial task of finding comedy in tragedy. They have long been the two masks of drama – comedy and tragedy – but it is a mistake to see them as opposite. They are instead the two sides to a story teller’s trick coin, the kissing cousins separated by a heartbeat, the kinky bedfellows of cinema. Abe will chat about his new film, analyse the awful things we laugh at, and possibly to have a chuckle at the missteps he’s made in his career as a filmmaker.

Abe Forsythe: As a director Abe Forsythe won the Tropfest Tropicana Award at the age of sixteen for his film Guided By The Light Of The Lord. In 2003 he wrote,directed and starred in the feature comedyNed, which was released theatrically in Australia by Icon Entertainment. His short film Being Carl Williams won second place and Best Comedy at Tropfest 2009. In 2010 he won Tropfest with his short filmShock. It also won Best Comedy. Along with writing and directing Abe also has experience as an actor. In 2004 he won the Best Actor Australian Film Institute Award for the acclaimed mini series Marking Time. He recently featured as John Cornell in Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War.

His television directing credits include season 2 of Laid for ABC TV and Shaun Micallef’s Mr & Mrs Murder for Ten/Freemantle. He also wrote and directed segments of ABC TV’s The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife Fighting. Abe also directs commercials via Good oil Films.

Host: Giles Hardie


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  • 5:30PM START
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  • AFTRS Theatre 1, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, 2021

A Night at Wolf Creek

JULY 22 - 6PM

GUEST: GREG MCLEAN - Writer/Director/Producer of Wolf Creek 

“See? Head on a stick!” This Friday we plunge into the darkest depths of the mind of one of Australia’s most successful horror filmmakers, Greg McLean. Host James Hewison will be chatting one-on-one with the Writer/Director/Producer of the horror hit Wolf Creek, about his hit film, its sequel, and the new 6-part series spin-off that has just been commissioned for Australian streaming service STAN. Hewison will also be chatting to the triple-threat about his other projects and foray into Hollywood, where he has been rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kevin Bacon, Sam Worthington, Daniel Radcliffe and non-other than the Weinstein Brothers.

Greg McLean: Writer, director and producer Greg McLean trained as a fine artist before working as a director in theatre and opera. His filmmaking career began when he created the horror hit Wolf Creek which played at the Sundance, Cannes and Melbourne film festivals before going onto worldwide 'cult film' status. After this success he established Emu Creek Pictures, a production company based in Melbourne. This was followed by the thriller Rogue, produced with Harvey and Bob Weinstein, which starred Sam Worthington and Mia Wasikowska. In 2013 he directed Wolf Creek 2, the sequel to his breakout film, which was selected to screen at the Venice Film Festival. In 2014 Greg directed the supernatural thriller The Darkness, starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell. In 2015 he directed The Belko Experiment and he is currently directing Jungle, a feature based upon the incredible real life survival story of Yossi Ghinsberg, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Greg was an executive producer as well as director of the six-part spin-off series to his feature film Wolf Creek, in collaboration with Screentime, for the Australian streaming service STAN.


  • 2005 Wolf Creek (Producer, Writer, Director)
  • 2007 Rogue (Producer, Writer, Director)
  • 2010 Red Hill (Executive Producer)
  • 2012 Crawlspace (Executive Producer)
  • 2013 Wolf Creek 2 (Producer, Writer, Director)
  • 2013 The Legend Of Ben Hall (Executive Producer)
  • 2014 Downunder (Executive Producer)
  • 2014 The Darkness (Executive Producer, Writer, Director)
  • 2015 The Belko Experiment (Director)
  • 2015 Wolf Creek TV series (Creator, Executive Producer, Director)
  • 2016 Jungle (Producer, Director)    

Host: James Hewison - Head of Film Programs, ACMI

ACMI & AFTRS Present Friday on My Mind: Melbourne


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Friday on My Mind is a series of FREE talks* curated and hosted by AFTRS where cinephiles, industry, students and film-lovers alike can soak up some creative mind fuel - supplied by some of the best and brightest in the screen arts and broadcast industries.

Running since 2008 at AFTRS Sydney, with a Melbourne edition, held at ACMI, introduced in 2012 Friday on My Mind generally runs from early March to the end of October each year.

  • All past sessions can be reviewed in the 'Previous Guests' tab, at the bottom of this page.
  • Edited transcripts of many Friday on My Mind sessions are available in the School's self-published journal LUMINA and here on the AFTRS website to review.

Go to the LUMINA section of this site to search the article list for published Friday on My Mind interviews



*Attendees of Friday on My Mind must be aged 16 and up. Generally material shown and discussed is 15+ and if on the occasion R rated content is shown warnings will be given in advance.


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Last updated July 19, 2016
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