We have lots in store for the podcast in 2015 and we can't wait to kick it all off on January 4th when the first episode of the year goes online. It will be a jam-packed episode with our fellow FakeShemper Justine Ryan joining us for the first time. We will all reveal our top 10 films of 2014 and will be announcing the winners of our inaugural FAKESHEMP.NET AWARDS!!!!
It would also be remiss of me to forget Justine Ryan and her contribution to FakeShemp.Net over the past 12 months. While Jarret & I might appear to be the faces of FakeShemp due to our podcast and continuous uploads there is no doubt that Justine's involvement has also helped shape our brand. Justine is an active member of Melbourne's Cinemaniacs collective and amongst her commitments with them she has also provided some wonderful reviews and insights for us. Her approach to our website is distinctly retro with an unshakable passion for 70s, 80s and 90s cinema. This is very fitting considering that Justine and I met through the legendary cult director Jeff Burr. With her we are 3!! xx
Some other highlights from 2014 are THE MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL and of course MONSTERFEST. Both events are staple parts of our yearly calendar and we always feel privileged to be part of them. In September I was invited by Richard Wolstencroft to appear on 3RRR radio to discuss MUFF. It was an incredible opportunity and one that certainly helped bolster our reputation. Through that one appearance we earned a heap of new followers and made some invaluable connections. Our involvement with these festivals has lead to new partnerships, which we look forward to continuing in 2015. We also hope to work more closely with the MADE IN MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL, which we were only able to support this year in spirit (as it conflicted with our MonsterFest commitments). Melbourne boasts the best cinema culture in Australia and we love being part of it.
What else? Well we can revel in the fact that we took out 1st prize at the MonsterFest trivia night, presented by The Soska Sisters. Even with Jose Maturana from the Valhalla Social Cinema and filmmaker Andrew Leavold on our team we never expected to even come close. Such an event is packed with knowledgeable genre fans and to whoop their collective asses was a huge buzz for us (hehehe. not to gloat or anything).... and speaking of Jose, I need to thank him also. His VALHALLA SOCIAL CINEMA is my personal favourite movie-group in this thriving town of ours and they have supported FakeShemp.Net from its inception. They host the most incredible screenings in some of the most weird, wonderful and creative spaces. From pop-up summer drive-ins to makeshift cinemaettes, they're a passionate bunch with the best film schedules in Melbourne. Jose & his team also have a HUGE calendar for 2015 and we look forward to supporting them in return. Together we presented Richard Elfman's classic cult film FORBIDDEN ZONE back in June and we will be joining forces again in the new year to bring you, as promised, the postponed screening of KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE!!!!
MY FAMILY!!! I NEED TO THANK MY FAMILY!!! Melissa, Kaitlyn & Sean... thank you all so much for putting up with this mad obsession of mine. For being dragged along to weird, fucked up events and for allowing me to do crazy things at the drop of a hat (such as ditching you for Vegas). Whether I am spending more money on the website than I should or whether I am often consumed by my website work... you have been there through it all and never once grizzled. You show up for our events and you endure some truly bizarre films and all because you love me. Well I love you all in return. Without you I fail.
And to Jarret's beautiful wife Danielle Gahan.... Thank you for letting your hubby come over the play. You suffer the same shit that my family ensures and you do it with a smile. Without you Jarret fails... and without Jarret I fail.... therefore without you I fail xxx.
Clearly 2014 has been an important year for us. Our focus is clear and we've only just begun. Rather than prattle on any more than I already have I will let these photos do all of the talking. THANK YOU all for being so supportive and kind to us. Without your ongoing support and conversations we would have no purpose. We love hearing your thoughts and opinions and thrive off of your interactions with us. Please continue to contribute to everything we do and in return we promise to bring you some kick-ass content, events & banter. We love you for it. --- May 2015 be kind to you!!!! xxx - Glenn.