JRNL101: A Shade of Red – Renee Middlemost

“It’s either a love or a hate. There’s nothing in the middle. People come up to you, and either say, ‘I love your hair so much’, or else you’ll be walking down the street, and people will be yelling out crazy abuse at you.”

After dyeing her hair a different colour, every six months, for most of her life, 34 year-old, Renee Middlemost, loves her current shade of red. “Red has been the longest-term commitment I’ve had,” she joked. “Nearly two years. I know – it’s a long relationship.

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“I don’t understand why other people aren’t as respectful,” 34 year-old Renee Middlemost explained.

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“Pick of the Week”: VICE Talks Film with George Miller

If you haven’t seen ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, I feel like I need to be suspicious of you…

Thankfully I understand that people have lives, and I have the added bonus of working at a cinema, which probably has something to do with my new found fascination with George Miller’s latest film. I am in love with this movie – and considering my disinterest in cars, I feel like that’s saying something.

I’m aware that plenty of people have mixed feeling about the latest Mad Max: ‘it isn’t like the old ones’, ‘there’s no Mel Gibson’, ‘it’s filmed in Africa’, ‘it’s one big car chase’… But at the same time it what George Miller has managed to capture has to be acknowledged. It is unbelievable to watch.

Recently George Miller spoke with ‘Vice’ in their first installment of VICE Talks Film – a new series in which they speak to talented and creative minds in the movie world, discussing their work and “how they’re seeking to push the boundaries of the medium”.

Check out the interview discussing the 17 years it took to finish ‘Max Max: Fury Road’, as well as the new characters, stunts, creation of the Wasteland, and feminism. This is my “Pick of the Week”:

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JRNL101 | Vox Pop 1 – What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

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There are few feelings better than when a friend or stranger gives you a compliment. Genuine compliments emphasis our strengths and often leave us feeling positive about ourselves, whether just for that day or months to come – either way, everyone loves to be given a great compliment.

So what’s your best? What is the best compliment you’ve ever received? I ask students from UOW to find out their answers.

Special thanks to Alex Debs, Amelia Crawford, Luke Simon and Alison Rytmeister who appear in this Vox Pop, and the various other interviewees. You were all great to work with and very helpful!

– H. x

Music

Begginning to End by Ta-Ku – soundcloud.com/takugotbeats