Audio Story: The Life Of A Chef

Aman Prasad is the Executive Chef at Novotel Sydney Central. Aman has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He previously worked with Rydges Hotel group where he was Executive Chef of Rydges Parramatta, as well as Executive Chef of Rydges Cronulla prior to having been Sous Chef at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

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Short Reviews 

The Fate of the Furious


F8 is the eighth instalment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before.

While the plot is mediocre, F8 is a great, entertaining, action-packed popcorn movie with a bit of humour. A worthy sequel, fans of The Fast and Furious films will not be disappointed.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Their Finest

A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.

Nicely directed by Lone Scherfig. Their Finest is a pleasant film with fine acting and a good story.
Rating: 3/5 Stars

Loving

The true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

A fine film by director Jeff Nichols. Beautiful performances by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. Edgerton and Negga work well together and share great chemistry. Wonderfully made and sincere, Loving will melt your heart.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

FILM CRITIC

CAREER OBJECTIVES

My career objective is to be a film critic for a magazine or newspaper. My plan is to study journalism at TAFE and gain skills to enhance my writing and critiques. I have a Certificate IV and Diploma in Screen & Media at North Sydney TAFE where I studied Film and TV. While studying journalism, I hope to gain work experience/volunteer work at a movie magazine or pop culture website by submitting film reviews on a regular basis. This will help me build up my resume and gain journalist/writing experience.

At the moment, I occasionally submit reviews to Sanity Music and I’ve had one review published on their Facebook page. I have a Letterboxd account and a TAFE wordpress blog where I published film reviews on a weekly basis.

THE ROLE IN MEDIA

  • Write reviews for online publications, websites, newspapers and magazines
  • Watch and review several movies a week
  • Report on general entertainment news
  • Attend film festivals and premieres
  • Critique the quality of the performances, writing, directing, cinematography and other elements of the film based on judgment and industry knowledge
  • Analyse trends in movie ticket sales
  • Discuss their opinions on films in broadcast media
  • Give reviews that are entertaining and insightful
  • Possibly conduct interviews with performers, directors, writers and other film production personnel
  • Provide insights and background in order to educate the public about the film
  • Liaise with editors and publication managers

SKILLS REQUIRED

  • There are no specific requirements to become a film critic
  • Good communication
  • Writing skills
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree in film, English or Journalism can give you advantage
  • Apply for entry-level positions at print or online publication companies
  • Establish a personal style and employ critical thinking
  • Build network of industry contacts
  • Public speaking if interested in working in television

IDENTIFICATION OF MEDIA PROFESSIONALS

These are two media professionals who I might ask advice my career objective.

Margaret Pomeranz

Margaret Pomeranz AM has co-hosted The Movie Show on SBS and At The Movies on ABC with David Stratton for nearly three decades. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University and was selected for the Playwright’s Studio at NIDA after which she began writing for television, radio and film. She joined the newly established Special Broadcasting Service in 1980 as writer/producer which led to her being appointed producer for David Stratton’s movie hostings. Some years later, in 1986, they were able to get The Movie Show up and running. The duo moved to the ABC in 2004 to establish At The Movies. Margaret has served as a member of the Advertising Standards Board, is a past President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been both President and Vice-President of Watch on Censorship.[1]

CJ Johnson

CJ is the film critic for The Nightlife, listened to by a million listeners across Australia on ABC Local Radio and many more online internationally. His reviews air at 11:20pm on Tuesday nights.

CJ’s ABC Podcast Movieland is one of Australia’s pre-eminent film podcasts, having over a million downloads with tens of thousands more every month. A radio version airs Saturdays at 7:30pm on ABC Local Radio around Australia. The podcast is available for free subscription on iTunes.

CJ is the film critic for The Nightlife, listened to by a million listeners across Australia on ABC Local Radio and many more online internationally. His reviews air at 11:20pm on Tuesday nights.

His film blog Film Mafia (www.filmmafia.com.au) is widely read internationally, with millions of views to date.

He is a regular contributor to magazines and websites internationally also a top Critic on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

[1] http://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/txt/s1138598.htm

 

[2] http://www.abc.net.au/profiles/content/s4166179.htm

 

MoJo Journal Entry 3

Today I interviewed the head chef at my workplace. The interview went well. We did two recordings. It’s a bit longer than it should be but I’m sure that’s okay. The only thing I was disappointed with was when I tested my portable microphone it wasn’t loud when the chef spoke so I got rid of the microphone and he spoke with my phone. The phone’s microphone sounded better than the portable microphone.

MoJo Journal Entry 2

The other day, our class went on an excursion to Martin Place to film vox pops for our group assessment. I teamed up with my TAFE buddies Tommy and Rhiannon. The vox pops went well, we got a good amount of interviews and had some interesting stories. My only regret was I didn’t dress up for the interview, I didn’t think we had to dress like a business people. I looked like a VJ for MTV. When I saw Tommy and Rhiannon dress up, I thought I let the team down then I saw some of the students dressed casually like me which made me feel relieved. Next time if we do Vox pops outside of TAFE, I’ll take dressing up as a journalist seriously.

Teenager Opts to Build Houses in Cambodia Over School

By Belinda Palmada

Typically teenagers would normally go to beach or hang out in shopping centres. 15 year-old Lily Goban took time off school to volunteer to build houses in Cambodia for charity Tabitha.

Tabitha is a non- profit organisastion founded by Janne Ritskes. Lily’s parents had been friends with Janne for years and approached them for help.  Lily would work from 7 am to 4 pm every day in the 40 degree heat.

“Although it was a tough experience, the reward was worth it. “ Lily said.

“Towards the end of construction, the organisation gave the families silk blankets as house warming presents.

“House building experience was life changing and an eye opener to what goes on outside Australia.”

When asked if Lily would volunteer again, she said she wouldn’t mind.

Veteran Reporter Charged with Child Abuse Material

A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack has been charged with sending child pornography material following a police raid at Nine Network’s office on Thursday morning.

The Channel Nine journalist was taken to Redfern Police Station where he was charged with using a carriage service for child pornography material and engaging in sexually explicit conversations with an adult male about children.

Detectives had been investigating McCormack after being tipped off by the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team. Police searched McCormack’s home in Alexandria and his office at Willoughby where they seized computers, a mobile phone and electronic storage devices.

The Nine Network has suspended McCormack.