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Australian Artists Robert Rabiah and Joey Coley-Sowry sit down, along with various guests from across the world of Australian entertainment, to get to know the people behind the work and peel back the curtain to reveal what makes the Australian entertainment industry tick.
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Michael Rymer is a multi-award-winning Australian Director who has spent a large part of his career working in America. Nominated for a Primetime Emmy, Directors Guild of America, and an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award, Michael Rymer has also won an Australian Film Institute, Hugo, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Rotterdam International Film Festival award – to name but a few. Michael Rymer’s credits include such films as Perfume (starring Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Mann, and Michelle Williams) In Too Deep (starring LL Cool J, Omar Epps and Stanley Tucci)  Angel Baby (starring Jacqueline McKenzie) the smash hit Face to Face (over 40 international awards) Queen of the Damned (based on the Anne Rice novel) and television shows such as American Horror Story (20th Century Fox Television) Deadline Gallipoli (starring Sam Worthington) the reimagined version of Picnic at Hanging Rock (Amazon Studios - starring Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones) Hannibal and Battlestar Galactica (which Michael directed and also co-produced) and the upcoming Stan series The Gloaming.    Known as the actor’s director, Michael Rymer took some time out from the development of his next project to chat to Robert Rabiah and Joey Coley-Sowry on The ShowBiz Podcast. So grab a chair and listen in as Michael Rymer allows us a snapshot into his illustrious and storied career, gives us a little sneak peek into the screen-legend that is Jeff Goldblum, chats about what it was like living at world-renowned novelist Anne Rice’s home, and whether star of Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) really is a good poker player.  
Michael Rymer is a multi-award-winning Australian Director who has spent a large part of his career working in America. Nominated for a Primetime Emmy, Directors Guild of America, and an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award, Michael Rymer has also won an Australian Film Institute, Hugo, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Rotterdam International Film Festival award – to name but a few. Michael Rymer’s credits include such films as Perfume (starring Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Mann, and Michelle Williams) In Too Deep (starring LL Cool J, Omar Epps and Stanley Tucci)  Angel Baby (starring Jacqueline McKenzie) the smash hit Face to Face (over 40 international awards) Queen of the Damned (based on the Anne Rice novel) and television shows such as American Horror Story (20th Century Fox Television) Deadline Gallipoli (starring Sam Worthington) the reimagined version of Picnic at Hanging Rock (Amazon Studios - starring Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones) Hannibal and Battlestar Galactica (which Michael directed and also co-produced) and the upcoming Stan series The Gloaming.    Known as the actor’s director, Michael Rymer took some time out from the development of his next project to chat to Robert Rabiah and Joey Coley-Sowry on The ShowBiz Podcast. So grab a chair and listen in as Michael Rymer allows us a snapshot into his illustrious and storied career, gives us a little sneak peek into the screen-legend that is Jeff Goldblum, chats about what it was like living at world-renowned novelist Anne Rice’s home, and whether star of Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) really is a good poker player.  
Stephen Corvini is an Australian Producer and development Executive responsible for such hits shows like Matchbox Pictures/Hulu/SBS’ Safe Harbour, which won Best Telemovie/Mini-Series at the International Emmy Awards in New York, Matchbox Pictures/Foxtel/Netflix’ Secret City: Under The Eagle, which was nominated for Best Drama Series at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, and SBS’ new series, Hungry Ghosts, starring some of Australia’s brightest lights, such as Bryan Brown, Ryan Corr and Clare Bowen – to name but a few. Some of Stephen Corvini’s other credits include Schapelle and Hyde and Seek for the Nine Network, Devil’s Dust for the ABC and Correlli – the breakthrough role for actor Hugh Jackman.    
Laura Gordon is an Australian actress best known for films such as Michael Rymer’s Face To Face (for which Laura was nominated for Best Actress at the final Inside Film Awards), Saw (the successful horror franchise), the haunting thriller Undertow, and television shows such as SyFy’s Hunters, Netflix/Foxtel’s Secret City, the Australian staple, Neighbours, the American staple, Rizzoli and Isles, and Hoges (based on Paul Hogan’s life) playing the sultry and formidable Linda Kowalski. Gordon is also a founding member of the Red Stitch theatre company and has appeared in a number of their productions as well as appearing in The Gift and Apologia for the Melbourne Theatre Company and a Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Australian Shakespeare Company.
Part two of our two part American special. In this episode, we speak with Hollywood acting agent Ryan Hayden who is the founder and owner of Ideal Talent Agency. Ryan cut his teeth in the actor-agent business at the world renowned ICM, assisting in representing actors including Taylor Lautner, Michelle Rodriguez, January Jones, Danny Glover, Tom Arnold, Anjelica Huston and Alex O’Loughlin, to name but a few. Hayden’s talent was refined further as a casting director for MTV, a casting assistant at MGM under Paul Weber, as well as working in politics with notable figures such as Al Gore and Bill Clinton.  Ryan Hayden from Ideal Talent Agency took some time out to join Robert Rabiah and Joey Coley-Sowry on The ShowBiz Podcast.
Part one of our two part American special. In this episode, we speak with American actor/model Antonio Sabato Jr. who shot to fame after appearing in Janet Jackson’s “Love Will Never Do Without You” music video and a world-wide modelling campaign for Calvin Klein. Since then, Antonio has gone on to star in a number of films and television shows including Earth 2, General Hospital, The Bold and The Beautiful, Melrose Place, Charmed, and The Big Hit opposite Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips and Christina Applegate. Sabato also garnered critical acclaim for his performance in Drifter, which won him a Best Actor award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.With a film slated for release (One Nation Under God) Antonio Sabato Jr. took some time out to join Robert Rabiah and Joey Coley-Sowry on the ShowBiz Podcast.
Part Two of our interview with Maziar Lahooti.Director Maziar Lahooti recently made his directorial debut in the world of feature films with the darkly comic action drama BELOW starring Anthony LaPaglia and Ryan Corr. The Directors debut feature premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival over the weekend to a sold-out crowd and was picked up for national distribution by Madman Films. Not long prior to the commencement of filming on BELOW, Maziar found out that he had won a feature film script deal with Warner Bros. Pictures in the U.S off the strength of a script he co-wrote called Die Well, one of over 400 submitted. After Maziar finishes his promotional commitments for BELOW, he will begin working with the Warner Bros. creative team to develop the screenplay. The film is anticipated to go into production within the year.Maziar took some time out from the promo trail for BELOW to join us in the studio for a chat about his current whirlwind of success and what it all means to him.
Director Maziar Lahooti recently made his directorial debut in the world of feature films with the darkly comic action drama BELOW starring Anthony LaPaglia and Ryan Corr. The Directors debut feature premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival over the weekend to a sold-out crowd and was picked up for national distribution by Madman Films.   Not long prior to the commencement of filming on BELOW, Maziar found out that he had won a feature film script deal with Warner Bros. Pictures in the U.S off the strength of a script he co-wrote called Die Well, one of over 400 submitted. After Maziar finishes his promotional commitments for BELOW, he will begin working with the Warner Bros. creative team to develop the screenplay. The film is anticipated to go into production within the year. Maziar took some time out from the promo trail for BELOW to join us in the studio for a chat about his current whirlwind of success and what it all means to him.  
Perhaps best known to an international audience as Zam Wesell in Star Wars, or to Aussies as Erica Davidson in Wentworth, Leeanna Walsman is an Australian actress who has been nominated for a number of awards for her layered and deeply compelling work, including an Australian Film Institute/Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts award for Safe Harbour, One Perfect Day and Bitter and Twisted, as well as a Logie award for Safe Harbour and Jessica, and a Film Critics Circle of Australia award for her work on Manny Lewis.In this episode, Leeanna Walsman discusses her journey and experiences in the Australian Film and Television industry that has spanned both stage and screen for over two decades now. So pull up a chair and listen in.
Osamah Sami is an award-winning Australian artist of Iraqi origin. Sami is an actor, writer, author, comedian and poet who is best known for his smash hit film Ali's wedding, which he co-wrote and starred in, and which was based on his own experiences. Ali's wedding, and indeed Sami, received critical acclaim and went on to be acknowledged with a number of film awards, Academy of Cinema and Arts Award for Best Screenplay for Sami, as well as a nomination for Best Lead Actor, an Australian Writer's Guild Award for Best Screenplay, and the film also went on to win The Age Critics Award for Best Australian Feature Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival, The Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival, and an Aria Award for Best Soundtrack, to name but a few.Osamah Sami's path hasn't always been easy, but it appears to have been clear. Sami joins the Showbiz podcast to talk about forging his way in the Australian film industry, what it was like after the release and success of Ali's Wedding, and whether being a joke-cracking goalkeeper is merely a means to never let you see how hard he actually works at his craft.
Steve Mouzakis is an award-winning Australian artist who has become rather synonymous with bringing a certain gravitas to the characters he plays. Known for his work on the Stuart Beattie directed film I, Frankenstein alongside Bill Nighy, Aaron Eckhart, and Miranda Otto; smash-hit Darkness Falls which opened at number one at the U.S. box office, Spike Jones' Where The Wild Things Are, the Netflix hit The Suicide Theory, and his breakout role in the U.S. as Van Gogh, on the rebooted Tv series and fan-favourite, Prison Break. Mouzakis continues to surprise and delight with the choices he makes.Steve Mouzakis' vast body of work has seen his efforts rewarded with a Green Room Award for his performance in Cherry Orchard with the Melbourne Theatre Company, as well as winning the best actor award at the St Kilda Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival.With candour and humour, Mouzakis joins us in this episode to talk about his experiences in the industry, his approach to developing a character, and why Bill Nighy said to him before a take, that 'this is all a bit ridiculous'.
Steve Mouzakis is an award-winning Australian artist who has become rather synonymous with bringing a certain gravitas to the characters he plays. Known for his work on the Stuart Beattie directed film I, Frankenstein alongside Bill Nighy, Aaron Eckhart, and Miranda Otto; smash-hit Darkness Falls which opened at number one at the U.S. box office, Spike Jones' Where The Wild Things Are, the Netflix hit The Suicide Theory, and his breakout role in the U.S. as Van Gogh, on the rebooted Tv series and fan-favourite, Prison Break. Mouzakis continues to surprise and delight with the choices he makes.Steve Mouzakis' vast body of work has seen his efforts rewarded with a Green Room Award for his performance in Cherry Orchard with the Melbourne Theatre Company, as well as winning the best actor award at the St Kilda Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival.With candour and humour, Mouzakis joins us in this episode to talk about his experiences in the industry, his approach to developing a character, and why Bill Nighy said to him before a take, that 'this is all a bit ridiculous'.
Australian Artists Robert Rabiah and Joey Coley-Sowry sit down, along with various guests from across the Australian Entertainment Industry, to get to know the people behind the work and peel back the curtain to reveal what makes the industry tick.
Australian Artists Robert Rabiah and Joey Coley-Sowry sit down, along with various guests from across the Australian Entertainment Industry, to get to know the people behind the work and peel back the curtain to reveal what makes the industry tick.
Nicole Chamoun is an Australian-born actress who constantly gives us complicated and deeply moving portrayals of the characters she plays. These performances continue to resonate, partly due to the unflinching brave choices Chamoun makes and the humanity she imbues into each and every role. It’s a rare ability, but Nicole Chamoun has this in spades, and has been acknowledged for her efforts with a AACTA nomination and Logie nomination for her work on the critically acclaimed series Safe Harbour. Nicole Chamoun was recently nominated for her second Logie for her trailblazing performance in On The Ropes, notable as it is Nicole’s second consecutive year. In this interview, Nicole Chamoun discusses with Robert Rabiah her journey, what she’s endeavoured to bring to some of her roles, the process involved, and how she is using her new-found position in the Australian film and television industry to advocate for a much needed increase in female presence, perspective and opportunities in the industry she loves.
Robert Rabiah is an award-winning Australian artist, who has been nominated for an Australian Film Institute / Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award. He has appeared in some of this nation’s best loved films and television shows, such as CHOPPER with Eric Bana, FACE TO FACE with Vince Colosimo, DEADLINE GALLIPOLI with Sam Worthington, ALI'S WEDDING with Don Hany, as well as coming off the critically acclaimed television series SAFE HARBOUR with Ewen Leslie, Phoebe Tonkin, Leeanna Walsman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Nicole Chamoun, Joel Jackson and the upcoming feature film BELOW with Anthony LaPaglia and Ryan Corr. Robert Rabiah has also won Best Actor (Monaco Charity Film Festival) Best Writer at the Australian Writer's Guild (Monte Miller Award) and Best Writer at the National Literary Awards (Fellowship of Australian Writers) and been nominated for Best Actor in an ensemble at the 9th annual Equity awards in Sydney. Robert Rabiah's other notable distinctions include a top 5 Award at the first SPAAMART (Screen Producer's Association of Australia Film Market) and a SPARK Award given by the Australian Film Commission.In this episode, Robert Rabiah talks about his experiences making movies and television shows with so many iconic Australian artists, the process involved, and the behind-the-scenes moments we don’t often get to see. 
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