All posts by Jake Freeman

Jake Freeman is a junior administration assistant, editor, camera operator and filmmaker. Jake has previously completed his studies in Film and Television at the Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe (NMIT) and in Business Administration at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). During his business studies Jake co-managed and hosted a major fundraising event as part of his course assessment that raised over $1000 with guest speakers from the The Big Issue and The Oaktree Foundation in attendance. He has worked for Channel 31, SYN Media and RMITV in various roles such as camera operator, editor and director. Jake has recently been writing and performing stand-up comedy in various Melbourne venues.


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It has become an obsession. For almost a century, people across around the world have sought to bring more adventure into their everyday lives by attempting to climb the highest and most dangerous place on Earth: Mount Everest. In 1953, two British mountaineers were the first to climb the peak of Everest.

Since then, it has attracted thousands to achieve the same, including Erik Weihenmayerthe, the only blind person to reach the summit of Everest.  Continue reading EVEREST


Jake Freeman interviewing Neighbours star Olympia Valance
Jake Freeman interviewing Neighbours star Olympia Valance


There was plenty of unique designs and dress ensembles that graced the red carpet at last Saturday’s 2015 Annual Fashion Aid Gala at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

Every year since its inception, eight years ago, Fashion Aid, supports and raises money for a different charity or foundation through fashion and entertainment. At this year’s event, all the proceeds will go to the Leukemia Foundation’s Building of Hope project. Continue reading FASHION AID 2015 @ CROWN PALLADIUM


Inset pic- Emcees Deborah Hutton and Richard Wilkins. Featured pic- Olivia Newton John and her husband
Inset pic- Emcees Deborah Hutton and Richard Wilkins. Featured pic- Olivia Newton John and her husband John Easterling

She is one of the most famous people in the world thanks to her starring roles in Grease and Xanadu.  

Now nearly three decades on and still looking younger than her age, a smiling and radiant Olivia Newton-John graced the red carpet with her husband John Easterling  by her side.

Olivia was in Melbourne celebrating and co-hosting her 3rd annual ONJ Gala which raises money, support and awareness for her Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital Melbourne. Continue reading OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN GALA CHARITY EVENT


Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Levi Miller as Peter Pan in Pan

Peter Pan first flew into our imaginations in 1902 in The Little White Bird by J. M. Barrie. Since then, the story has been reproduced countless times in books, stage plays, radio dramas and cinema.

Peter Pan made its silver screen debut in the 1924 silent, black and white motion picture with actress Betty Bronson as the title character. Then there was the classic animated version by Disney in the early 1950s. Spielberg with his 1991 adaptation  gave us his take of a grown up Peter Pan lured back to Neverland by Captain Hook.

Joe Wright’s new take on the Pan tells the story of how a young Peter Pan first came to Neverland.    Continue reading PAN


Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould and Deanna Dunagan in The Visit

By the age of 29, M. Night Shyamalan was already scouted as one the hottest directors in Hollywood. He had several of the highest grossing and most critically acclaimed films under his belt including, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs.

Shyamalan latest film, The Visit, which he directed, produced and wrote, followsthe “found-footage” film genre made popular by The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, Unfriended and Grave Encounters.

Aspiring filmmakers brother-sister duo Rebecca and Tyler, played by Australian Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould are sent to stay for a week with their grandparents, whom they’ve never met before. In the film’s opening, it is revealed that the children’s parents have split up. Their mother has been estranged from her parents for many years.

To make their vacation more memorable they choose to film a documentary about their visit. They experience and record all the oddities displayed by their grandparents.

What makes this movie differs from others in this genre is that it plays down on the horror element and focuses more on the suspense, plot twists, emotion and comedy.

THE VISIT  is now screening in cinemas.



There was plenty of glitz and glamour at last week’s 1950s retro TV themed Annual Red Ball Gala at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne. All the proceeds of the event go to the Fight Cancer Foundation.

Of course all eyes were on the red carpet when Fight Cancer Foundation’s patrons and humanitarians, Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborah-Lee Furness arrived.

The Hollywood power couple, who next year celebrate 20 years of marriage, have been with the Foundation since the beginning. The inspiration came from Furness’s mother.

Deborah told Sydney Arts Guide, “My mother Faye Duncan was one of the original board members who started this committee and it started as a simple sausage sizzle and cooking bake offs. We began really small and have come so far, over 20 years on, with a lot of hard work and a lot of wonderful volunteers and support to make it such a wonderful event”. Continue reading 23rd ANNUAL RED GALA BALL @ GRAND HYATT HOTEL MELBOURNE

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON has already become an unexpected box office hit and taken in $140 million in the US up against a budget of $28 million and has received positive reviews from critics. Now being released in Australian cinemas this week is the much anticipated bio of the rise and fall of one of the most well-known hip hop groupswho revolutionised pop culture and politics with their music: N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton. The group began in humble beginnings in the rough and broken neighbourhood of Compton in Los Angles.

Appropriately, the film borrows its title from the name of the lead single from their 1988 debut album which propelled them in super stardom. Continue reading Straight Outta Compton


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There are a select few Australians who have made it in Hollywood. Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe…But what about those who work behind the scenes? We rarely hear about those who have successful careers behind the camera. There’s film editor Richard Francis-Bruce, (The Shawshank Redemption, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Perfect Storm, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). Cinematographer John Seale, (Witness, Rain Man, Dead Poet Society, The English Patient.) Animator Adam Elliot, (Harvie Krumpet). But mention the name, Orry- Kelly, and many people will plead ignorance.

This is a shame as many of us will have unknowingly seen his work as a costume designer in some of the best known films ever made: The Oklahoma Kid, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, An American in Paris and the perennial favourite, Some Like It Hot.            




Buckle up your seatbelts; it’s time for another Griswold family adventure. 32 years after the original National Lampoon’s Vacation film was released, comes the reboot to the series. It’s been 18 years since we last saw the Griswolds, in Vegas Vacation, which ended the original series.

This time it’s the son Rusty, now a husband and father played by Ed Helms, who is an unsuccessful pilot. His wife Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons, the hopeless romantic and sensitive James (Skyler Gisondo) and the younger brat of a brother Kevin (Steele Stebbins) all long for a holiday. Wanting to reconnect better with his family, and reminiscing about his own childhood holidays, dad Rusty decides to relive that journey from the original film and go to Walley World. As expected, no one else in the family shares his enthusiasm. Continue reading Vacation

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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2015 has been a year for the spy movie. Spy,Spectre, Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and now The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Based on the popular 1960s television series and directed by Guy Ritchie, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E reunites the perennial favourite odd couple to the silver screen…the smooth talking all American Napoleon Solo played by Henry Cavill and the humourless, glum Russian Illya Kuryakin played by Armie Hammer.

Together they work for an organisation called the United Network Command For Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), and reluctantly put aside their longstanding hostilities to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation which is trying to create World War III. Continue reading The Man From U.N.C.L.E.


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Making his big screen debut, pun intended, comes a very different superhero in the Marvel Universe: ANT-MAN.

Co-created by Stan Lee who also co-created Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and many others, Ant-Man first appeared in Marvel Comics over 50 years ago in 1962. This, however, is the first cinematic adaption of the character. The Ant-Man film has been in development since the mid 1980s.

ANT-MAN is the 12th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This latest installment has been directed by Peyton Reed, whose is best known for his comedy films such as Bring It On, The Break Up and Yes Man. Continue reading ANT-MAN

Jurassic World


It has been 22 years since the epic blockbuster of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park leaped onto the screen, breaking box-office records and at the time, becoming the highest-grossing film ever. The 14 year intermission between Jurassic Park 3 and the latest instalment Jurassic World was worth the wait.

The film’s incredible scenery and locations was breathtaking to watch, especially in its premiere screening on the big IMAX 3D screen at the Melbourne Museum. Audience members were treated to a tour of the Dinosaur Walk Exhibition, showcasing dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals through skeleton replicas, models, interactive displays and imagery. Continue reading Jurassic World

San Andreas


Disaster films are generally the same. Over the top, inaccurate, Americanised, cliché ridden and predictable. The Day After Tomorrow, Twister and Independence Day are just a few that come to mind. What are their attraction for movie goers? Is it the star studded cast? The amazing special effects? How one person can save the day?

SAN ANDREAS is the latest disaster flick to hit the silver screen and is already breaking box office records despite receiving a poor reception from critics. The movie dominated its competition over the opening weekend ranking in a whopping $US 53.2 million. It is grossing very well in Australia where parts of the film was shot at the Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland. Continue reading San Andreas

Fast and Furious 7

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Over the last 14 years, The Fast & Furious franchise has taken us on quite a ride: from illegal street races, to heists, evil drug lords to superheros, saving others in the most over the top, action filled way. FAST AND FURIOUS 7 taken us to new heights, literally.

There was so much laughing, applauding and cheering at the preview screening, it almost felt like I was at a comedy festival show. As with each new film, the stunts become more implausible and entertaining. The heroes driving an expensive sports car through the window of one skyscraper and into another and another. Or when the cars are parachuting off planes and in one of the movie’s most daring and laughable scenes, when Paul Walker’s character defies the laws of physics from falling off a cliff. Continue reading Fast and Furious 7

Get Hard

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart do their shtick in Etan Cohen's new comedy GET   HARD
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart do their shtick in Etan Cohen’s new comedy

Coming to cinemas this week is the latest Will Ferrell movie, GET HARD, directed by Ethan Cohen, in his directorial debut, and co- written by long time Will Ferrell collaborator Ian Roberts. This a film that generates plenty of laughter and much political incorrectness.

Will Ferrell plays James King, a very wealthy and greedy hedge-fund manager who is living a life of extreme luxury when suddenly he is arrested for tax evasion and sentenced to ten years in prison.

Continue reading Get Hard

2015 Logie Nominations Announced

Inset pic- Jake Freeman  interviews Samantha Jade  who has been nominated for  most popular new talent for her performance in INXS- Never Tear Us Apart. Featured Pic- Amanda Keller and the Block judge Shaynne Blaze emceed the event
Inset pic- Jake Freeman interviews Samantha Jade who has been nominated for most popular new talent for her performance in INXS- Never Tear Us Apart. Featured Pic- Amanda Keller and the Block judge Shaynne Blaze emceed the event

It’s going to feel like déjà vu at this year’s Logies with three previous winners and three previously nominated contenders in the running for Australian television’s highest award; The Gold Logie.

Scott Cam, winner of the 2014 Gold Logie goes up against 2013 Gold Logie winner Asher Keddie and 2012 Gold Logie winner Hamish Blake. Joining the race for the golden statute is Hamish’s partner and funny man Andy Lee, and Home and Away star Stephen Peacocke who is going for his second Gold Logie nomination. Going for her fourth nomination is The Project co-host, Carrie Bickmore.

Continue reading 2015 Logie Nominations Announced

Angelina Jolie Tells Louis Zamperini’s Remarkable Story

Second-UnbrokenIn Los Angeles on 2 July 2014, Louis Zamperini  died, aged 97. On the other side of the world, in the humid conditions of South East Queensland, Angelina Jolie was almost finishing directing her second film about him.

Based on The New York Times bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand, UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE AND REDEMPTION, captures the extraordinary tale of survival of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran. He survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed; enduring two, unbearable years in a Japanese prison camp.

Continue reading Angelina Jolie Tells Louis Zamperini’s Remarkable Story

Horrible Bosses 2

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HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 is for cinemagoers who enjoy dopey male adventure comedies.

Sean Anders is the helmer who also directed Hot Tub Time Machine, one of the raunchiest films I have ever seen. Anders also happens to be the co-writer for the upcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 reunites the trio of Nick, (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) who together decide to launch their own business. They believe they will make their fortune with their new product, The Shower Buddy, and they get billionaire Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) on board who orders 100,000 products for a cool 3 million.    

Continue reading Horrible Bosses 2

Screen Producers Australia Awards

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Inset Pic- Nicole Minchin and Amanda Brotchie from High Wire Films for the film, The Agony of Modern Manners- winner Light Entertainment Television Award. Featured Pic- One to watch- Kirsty O’Brien

There was a great turnout for the 14th Screen Producers Australia Awards which was held last Tuesday in the Palladium Room at Crown Casino as part of the 29th Screen Forever Conference. The four day conference featured seminars, workshops and gala parties attended by hundreds of film and television professionals from across Australia.

The event was hosted by comedian and writer Adam Zwar who was one of the award recipients when The Agony of Modern Manners, which he produces, was named best light entertainment production. Continue reading Screen Producers Australia Awards

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

The outrageous Sophie Tucker
The outrageous Sophie Tucker and an adoring piano player

There’ll never be another entertainer as outrageous as Sophie Tucker, which is why this documentary about her is aptly titled, THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER.  Directed by William Gazecki and screening as part of the Jewish International Film Festival, it brings to life a rare insight to the rags to riches story of Sophie Tucker.

Here was a woman well ahead of her time; independent, sassy, prerogative and hugely talented.  Her friends included US Presidents, the Royal Family, many adoring fans, fellow travellers, entertainers and for half a century, was one of the world’s most iconic celebrities. Continue reading The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Cleo Bachelor Of The Year

Some of the top 30 final contenders posing before the event
Some of the top 30 final contenders posing before the event. Pics by Bellephotography

The 27th Annual CLEO Bachelor of the Year Award event was held last Wednesday at St Kilda’s ST Hotel in Melbourne. Hosted by Channel V’s Carrissa Walford and Danny Clayton and attended by celebrities including season 6 Masterchef winner Brent Ownes and ironically, runners up from The Bachelor TV show. There were more than 500 entries from men from across Australia who made it to the Top 30 with only one being crowned ‘Australian Bachelor of the Year’ and winning $5,000.

There was a lot of variety amongst this year’s Top 30 finalists, including plumbers, marketing directors and even a marine biologist. Sydneysider, 28 year old Thien Nguyen, beat those 29 other finalists to win the title decided by around 300,000 readers. The personal trainer and aspiring actor told The Sydney Arts Guide that the win was an unexpected surprise. Continue reading Cleo Bachelor Of The Year

Antenna Awards 2014: Community TV’s Big Night

Richard McLelland Channel 31 General Manager interviewed by Jake Freeman
Richard McLelland Channel 31 General Manager interviewed by Jake Freeman

There was an impressive turnout at the Antenna Awards that were held on Wednesday night at the Deakin Edge Theatre at Federation Square. Over 400 representatives from the community television sector, the film and television industry, local business and local, state and federal governments were in attendance.

The event was hosted by Tegan Higginbotham with guest presenters such as former community television personalities Dave Thorton and Tommy Little.

These awards recognise and showcase outstanding community television programs across Australia. This year the event also celebrated the milestone of 20 years of programming by Channel 31 Australia, the country’s largest community broadcaster, now broadcasting digitally on Channel 44. Continue reading Antenna Awards 2014: Community TV’s Big Night