Who is Reel Chat?
Reel Chat. Hosted and developed by independent filmmaker Adam Stolfo, Reel Chat also features Andrew McCaskill (the cinematography and soundtracks maestro), as well as regular guests and contributors Matthew O’ Neill (our horror expert and marketing man) and Penny Jelly (our screenplay queen).
Throughout the course of their fortnightly show, the Reel Chat team give you their thoughts on all things film. It’s more than just opinions and reviews mind you. It’s a round-the-board discussion show with one goal in mind – the entertainment and enjoyment of movies.
Why should you watch of revisit this film? Why is it, or why is it not, worth your time?
In the course of an episode discussion we break down a film, looking at it’s cast, it’s filmmakers, it’s soundtrack, it’s home video and digital releases, as well as it’s most interesting little-known anecdotes and production trivia.
Forgotten gems, new releases, classic well-loved franchises – we look at them all!
As our shows are full of spoilers, we recommend you listen to our Podcasts shortly after you’ve seen the film in question. That way you’ll get the most out of it, and everything we discuss will be fresh and relevant in your mind.
Please give us feedback here on our site and on our social media pages… Favourite sections of the show… Least favourite sections of the show. All feedback will be listened to and appreciated.
There is a niche market out there, so please help us find them!
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We want to give you the most entertaining hour or so in the world of movies and entertainment – on a fortnightly basis. And we want it to become more and more. We want to look at new movies you can currently see in cinemas, as well as delve deeper into our so-called Vintage Vault to rediscover forgotten / golden gems of the past.
There is just so much goodness to explore!
Your feedback and response is the key to us continuing this exciting series, and we all want to strive to give you all exactly what you want in a fortnightly movies show. Hopefully this keeps you coming back for more again and again.
Owner & Host – Adam Stolfo
Adam Stolfo was always destined to be a creative person. Following in the footsteps of his father, production designer Otello Stolfo, Adam discovered filmmaking in high school after experimenting with a variety of creative outlets throughout his early years, and became enthralled by the visual storytelling power of the movies. A little obsessed (he prefers the word ‘passionate’) with his two biggest movie inspirations – ‘Back To The Future’ and ‘The Terminator’ (don’t they both involve time travel!??), Adam is the quintessential movies guy, willing to discuss all things film – practically all the time if permitted! Podcasting is Adam’s latest creative venture, and he believes “Reel Chat” is a perfect way for the team to share their love of film in the most accessible and entertaining way possible. Appearances: 67
Regular Guest – Andrew McCaskill
Andrew McCaskill is a long time film buff. Brought up on a steady diet of Hitchcock films, Foreign films and 80’s pop culture classics; watching “Plan 9 From Outer Space” a dozen times, has made him the man he is today. He still counts the screenings of “Se7en” and “The Thin Red Line” as life changing moments. He has made a handful of short films over the years, with the hope of building up towards a feature film. Film scores are an underrated art form which, have always been a crucial element of a film’s success. Andrew believes it’s great to be able to use this podcast to give proper time and respect to the composers and their works. He hopes you enjoy our geeky banter. Appearances: 42
Regular Guest – Matthew O’Neill
As a 5 year old watching “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”, Matthew O’Neill found himself hooked on film, in particular – Horror. When he is not watching the films of Fulci, Fisher and Franco, he can be found riding off into the sunset with a tin of spaghetti western by his side. He also runs the Melbourne Horror Film society along with 3 other Horror nerds. While his heart is very much attached to the Horror genre – he does consider “Escape To Victory” to be one of the greatest films ever made, and can’t wait for the day that “Reel Chat” covers “Zardoz”. Appearances: 22
Regular Guest – Penny Jelly
The newest member of the team, Penny Jelly loves movies – and not just because it’s an excuse to disappear from the real world for hours at a time (often with a choc top) – but because it assists in keeping her sane and able to operate in real-time outside of the letterbox framing of a good movie. Penny had the privilege of seeing a lot of the movie greats at the cinema – be it re-runs of “Rear Window” or “Arsenic and Old Lace” with her parents – or the first time release of classics such as “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Alien” (although for “Alien” she was asleep as a mere toddler during the second feature of a Drive-In double – but woke at seminal moments of the film. This might explain her love of great narrative, the ‘show don’t tell’ philosophy and strong enjoyable character story-arcs… As well as a fear of Drive-Ins… And chest-bursting aliens. Penny loves the blatant over the top nature of fantastic in-your-face blockbusters, but is just at home with the subtlety of independent cinema, or a damn good doco. This passion for all things right with movies drove her to study screenwriting and script editing and hopes to one day write her way out of just watching movies, and into her own writer role. Currently the character of Penny Jelly is delighted to be sitting in a room with crazy characters talking about movies on “Reel Chat”. Appearances: 6
Sub Guest – Michael Hadjion
Michael Hadjion was raised in a film-mad household where “2001: A Space Odyssey” was considered the sacred oracle that shaped all subsequent films (and modern life as we know it). Combined with a childhood of nerdish passions such as Warhammer 40k, Dungeons & Dragons and Sierra adventure games, this laid solid foundations for a love of all things Fantasy & Sci-Fi. Having an older sister meant that Michael was also spoon-fed 80’s “Brat Pack” classics, Christian Slater’s back-catalogue and far too many viewings of “Point Break” and “Strictly Ballroom.” As such, Michael’s interest in film draws upon diverse influences and he is just as likely to enjoy a rom-com, zom-com or a zom-rom-com. Appearances: 10