005 Stefan Popescu – Sydney Underground Film Festival

Stefan Popescu started the Sydney Underground Film Festival twelve years ago when he wanted to see films that are in his words “doing something different”. Stefan’s love of the quirky is infectious and after listening to this episode I reckon you’ll be as keen as I am to check out the freaky and fabulous films in the festival.

As an academic, virtual reality creative and director of one of Australia’s largest alternative film festivals, Stefan is well-equipped to have some very interesting and sometimes controversial views of the film industry and what he thinks makes a film worthy of watching (note – it can be so bad it’s good).

“How far can we push this? Can we get Jack Black out? You just never know – he does really strange things.”

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[Intro]

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Safari: Hi. I’m Safari Lee and this is Sidestreeters – a podcast about people, places and adventures that are a little bit different from the mainstream.

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Safari:

Stefan Popescu started the Sydney Underground Film Festival twelve years ago when he wanted to see films that are in his words “doing something different”. Stefan’s love of the quirky is infectious and after listening to this episode I reckon you’ll be as keen as I am to check out the freaky and fabulous films in the festival. But just before we start, Stefan offers his least favourite question to be asked… and that was handy cos then I didn’t have to ask it.

The Sydney Underground Film Festival is at Factory Theatre in Marrickville Sydney, between Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th September, 2018. The website is at SUFF.com.au where you’ll find all tickets for films, workshops and parties. And as always see the links, movie trailers and other videos on the Sidestreeters website.

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“There’s a real community programming aspect to this (the festival).”

“I’ve had people have a go at me for not playing some stuff. They’re like “How could you not play that?” and I’m like “cos its crap.” (laughs)

“This is the epitome of my understanding of Screen Australia (Australia’s government film-funding body). Everything’s about mediocrity and being polite and taking the edges away. And what you do… you kill character.. you kill the soul of the project. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that mediocrity is not the way to success.”

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Safari: Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Sidestreeters as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you. Be sure to stop by the Sidestreeters website – Sidestreeters.com – to discover more people, places and adventures that are a little bit different from the mainstream.

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