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It seems like the Australian public has gone mad at the news that Gangland killer Carl Williams has been bashed to death inside a high-security prison in Victoria. Thousands of users tweeted and updated their Facebook Statuses across the nation, many of them offering thoughts of condolences or messages of love. You may find yourself asking why people are laying adoration upon a convicted murderer and friends I have on answer for you; Australian Television.
Let me give those of you from overseas a quick rundown on the situation. In the late 90’s there was a string of Gangland murders in Melbourne. Mr. Williams was responsible for three of those murders and failed conspiracy to murder a fourth. Along with those charges he was also a convicted drug trafficker. Now here in Australia they thought it would be a great idea to base a television series called Underbelly on all of this criminal activity during the Gangland War. All the characters names are the same, many of them are still living in real life.
Now as many would know, even in movies it is always stated that the movie or television series is “Based on a true story”. That basically gives the director the right to change it around to make a good film or good television. Now see the show portrayed this guy as a decent person, and as a direct response it turns out that thousands of people across the internet actually believe it! Well done, one of our national icons was a bushranger, and now one of our respected celebrities is a drug trafficking murderer.
But I guess they don’t get Channel 9 in prison….maybe if the inmates were fans of the show they would have liked him too.
As some of you are aware I write and create webisodes and short movies. Room 4 Rent is a comedy series we started late last year, and while it’s been on the back burner for quite sometime, here is the finished third episode. To view more of our movies you can go to our website http://www.kinghitstudios.com
Well after a stint overseas I’m back in the country and I have some new projects in mind to complete over the next month or so. So for those who are interested read on….
Finally have time to get back into the swing of things and film some new content and get Kinghit Studios back and running with some new videos on the website! Room 4 Rent Episode 3 will be filming next week, changing it from a Christmas themed episode to an Easter themed extravaganza. A new episode of the Super Fantastical Awesome Movie Review Show is also on the cards, we have chosen the movie and should be doing that in the next few weeks.
A collaboration for a new webisode series is also in the works with my friend Michael Teychenne who has been studying media at RMIT for the past 4 years. Hopefully it will lean towards a dark comedy and will be very different to the other series we have been working on in the past. This new series will be filmed over a series of weekends and slowly released every two weeks. It’s all in the very early stages yet, we are still yet to form a solid concept yet.
New music is also on the way. I’ve cleaned up my solo stuff and with the help of a few friends I will FINALLY be getting some decent demos down. How far I take this solo stuff is still unknown, but there is another interesting project I have in mind…..but it’s too early to say anything much more than it’s hopefully going to be rather progressive and very different from the other styles of music I have been involved with in the past.
It will be fun to see just how much of this stuff I get done before I get back over to the USA in July to see my friends and girlfriend….hopefully I will get it all done but knowing me something else will come up!
Contrary to popular belief not everything is fast food and greasy as fuck here in the United States. While staying here in Hattiesburg I have had the pleasure of eating out at some truly fantastic places, along with some even better home cooked meals!
For those of you at home who told me I NEEDED to get myself a Super-size meal I have some bad news. Turns out McDonald’s actually stopped super-sizing meals after a certain documentary that caused them a world of pain a few years back (See “Normal guy eats nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days straight and nearly dies, calls it a documentary”) but that’s not to say the portion size is crazy! The photo above is a SMALL Big Mac Meal, and it’s as big as a large back in Australia. I couldn’t eat the whole thing. What surprised me the most was the major difference in the menu. I got off the plane at Dallas and I went to the first restaurant I knew, Macca’s and to my surprise the only three things on the menu I recognised was Big Mac, Quarter Pounder and McChicken. I was under the impression that Macca’s was the same everywhere, minus a few minor changes of course, but how wrong I was!
My favourite place to eat around here though has definitely been Mama Alma’s Kitchen. The story of how this kitchen was born into existence is remarkable. “Mama Alma” began just making and selling Tamale’s at a local Farmer’s Market here in Hattiesburg. Word quickly spread around town that these were how shall I say, “Fucking Amazing” and soon enough she had a good enough reputation and enough money to open up her own restaurant. I’ve been back there a few times now and each and every time the food has been amazing! Amazing atmosphere, great food and a lovely story to top it all off.
Old Athen’s Grill is much like a typical greek restaurant back home but the food is exceptional, and two for one draft beer ALL DAY EVERY DAY certainly makes it a great choice. Arielle and I have been back there three or so times, and I’ll probably go back there before I leave so that’s saying something.
Sonic…..don’t get me started on Sonic. Sonic for those of you at home is a fast food joint that you drive into a parking booth with your car, you make an order from the car window and they bring out your food. After eating a giant burger filled with grease and death I felt sick for two straight days. I think my heart is still a little angry at me. Apparently that is what REAL American fast food is all about.
Waffle House reminds me of all those shitty little diners you see in all the movies. Open 24/7 it’s become a regular for me after a night on the piss. Nothing soaks up the alcohol like Waffles smothered in maple syrup and a plate of hash browns smothered, scattered and some Ketchup and Mustard.
Sakura is a classy Sushi place and I’ve been there twice now. Much like the little boutique Sushi Bars in the back alleys of Melbourne, the food at Sakura is great! Here in Hattiesburg I have driven past a number of Japanese places, shame Australia isn’t the same because I really love Sushi!
But without a singe shred of doubt in my mind my favourite place to eat in the USA is………TACO BELL! Nothing will cure the drunken hunger pains like a trip down to Taco Bell and treating yourself to some Bean Burritos or some Chicken Chaloopas. Taco Bell is AWESOME there is no other way to describe it, and it is CHEAP AS FUCK!
But having said that all food is cheap here in the USA. For me to take Arielle out for dinner somewhere, and having a few beers each I don’t think a meal has cost over $30. What can I say, the American’s know how to do it!
So it’s been three weeks here in the USA and I’ve discovered a lot about myself, the people I have waiting for me at home, the country I call home and the way I look at life in general. For those of you who know me well the photos above might look out of place, and for a while I couldn’t put my finger on it. After reflection of my time here thus far, and looking back over the photos, I can see that I’m genuinely smiling and being happy in each and every single one of them.
So I’ve been staying at the most amazing house in the town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. For those of you playing at home, Mississippi is down in the south of America. While some things such as fried chicken, and the strong southern accent have rung true from all my research I completed before coming (Research = Watching Movies) but beyond popular belief the south certainly isn’t full of rednecks. (Redneck = Bogan with Guns).
So I’m staying in a house known as the “Stripper House”, the biggest party house in this town. This one house has 10 people living here, and over the past three weeks I have become great mates with all of them! I’ve shared many a beer with these great new friends, who always are around to share crazy stories and play some “Shots and Ladders”. The house had a party the first week I was here, 1200 Jello Shots and 4 Kegs of booze, fun times but we ran out of grog! The party scene is pumping all the time here, and I’ve been hitting it up meeting people everywhere I can. Unlike back home I’ve done my best to just come out of my shell and go around and just talk to some random people, and as a result I’ve met some pretty amazing people.
So there has been a lot of drinking a lot of meeting new people, and a lot of adventuring. We spent three days camping out in the woods of Louisiana, and while Tyler couldn’t seem to get over the fact he wouldn’t have Wi-Fi out there, and no one seemed to know how to chop up the firewood, we managed to pull through it and have a kick arse time! It was great spending time and really getting to know the guys I’ve been spending so much time talking to on the internet for the past six months. I feel it was the pivotal point in the trip where I finally fell into a part of the group officially. Of course there were some vicious rumours started that I am an Axe Murderer and I was going to kill all the campers in hilarious fashion, but that is another story….
So I’m here for another week and there is still so much to do. Colby and I are going to get some Tattoo’s done on the 1st, I’m heading to a bunch of food places that need to be seen before I leave, and spending a night in New Orleans before I leave back for Australia. I’ve been away from home for so long, but I don’t want to go home.
My next post I’ll talk about some of my favourite places in Hattiesburg. But for now I’m off to spend some time with a very special girl….
For those of you who don’t know I make independent films. I don’t have any equipment or training, but I have some short film ideas that I’m hoping to film late 2010 once I get a HD camera. It’s more of a hobby for me rather than a career aspiration, so to start off with my friends and I have been making a few webisodes.
The Super Fantastical Awesome Movie Review Show: Starring Heller & Budz is a movie review show in which we choose a movie we found terrible, and rip it apart. The latest episode is a review of G.I Joe: Rise of the Cobra, a film which was so bad I sit in the shower for hours trying to scrub it out of my mind haha!
The full review can be found at our website : www.kinghitstudios.com but here is part one for you guys to check out.
Turns out people are actually reading the blog so I’ve decided to do a few format changes.
Movie Bytes are short and direct movie reviews. I hate giving away crucial plot lines or delving too far into events that will spoil a movie goers experience, so I thought this was the best way for me to offer a critique on the latest and greatest films. I won’t just be doing new release films, as the weeks go on there will be a good mix of old and new, and I hope my reviews help you to decide if a movie is worth seeing or not.
Game Bytes are just like the Movie Byte reviews, short and direct analysis of a game without giving too much away. At the start of each review I will put a a link to a full, in-depth review for those of you who wish to delve into the nitty gritty of the latest and greatest games. Hopefully hosting both formats will keep many people interested 🙂
Hope you all like the new format and as always, feedback will be appreciated