The Team

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: 63

Regular Guest – ANDREW McCASKILL

ReelshotAndrew 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: 38

Regular Guest – MATTHEW O’NEILL

MattvZardozAs 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: 19

 

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: 2

Guest – MICHAEL HADJION

hadjMichael 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

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