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A weekly podcast featuring film reviews, trailers, news, interviews and comps from the team at SWITCH.




A weekly podcast featuring film reviews, trailers, news, interviews and comps from the team at SWITCH.






Melbourne International Film Festival 2021 Program Launch and Mental as Everything Filmmaker Damon Smith Interview

Charlie and Joel present a special episode of SWITCHCast, as they check out two of the biggest events in Australia's cinematic calendar! To celebrate the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival's full program announcement, we chat to the team behind the line-up, as well as one filmmaker whose film is showing at this year's Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.Melbourne International Film Festival 2021The 2021 Melbourne International Film Festival is back for its 69th year, bigger and better than...


Sydney Film Festival 2021 Teaser Films Announced

Charlie presents a special episode of SWITCHCast, with an interview with the Festival Director of the Sydney Film Festival, Nashen Moodley. SWITCHCast is privileged to get a sneak peek at the 2021 Sydney Film Festival, as the 22 teaser films for this year are announced.▸ More of Charlie's interview with Nashen MoodleySydney Film Festival 2021 Key Dates▸ Full line-up announced 21st July 2021▸ Festival runs 18th - 29th August 2021For more details on the teaser films and to secure passes, head...


SWITCH's Academy Awards 2021 Special

Charlie, Daniel Ashley and Joel are back for a special SWITCHCast episode to celebrate everything Oscars-related! There's surprise guest stars, giveaways, heated discussions - maybe even arguments - and so much more as we discuss the biggest movies from the past year!Best Picture Nominees▸ The Father▸ Judas and the Black Messiah▸ Mank▸ Minari▸ Nomadland▸ Promising Young Woman▸ Sound of Metal▸ The Trial of the Chicago 7Comps▸ We want to hear your Oscar winner picks too - we have a giveaway...


SWITCH's Academy Awards 2020 Special

Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Ashley deep dive into everything Oscars-related, from our verdict on the nominees to our opinions on all the controversies. Plus we’ll share our predictions on who’ll be walking away with a statue this year - and we’re offering you the chance to go head-to-head with the SWITCH brains trust with your picks to win a massive prize!Best Picture Nominees▸ Ford v Ferrari (3:09)▸ The Irishman (7:07)▸ Jojo Rabbit (11:02)▸ Joker (15:09)▸ Little Women (18:11)▸ Marriage Story...


SWITCH's Best Films of 2019, Best Films of the Decade, Most Anticipated Films of 2020

Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Brent look at the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future - the SWITCH team has been feverishly compiling their top films of not just 2019, but the past decade! Now they're ready to share these tough decisions, and hear from you about your favourites. Plus we’ll be looking ahead to 2020 to find out what’s on the horizon - from superhero epics to good-old-fashioned musicals to hidden indie gems, we’ll share SWITCH's most-anticipated films for the new year.News▸...


Jojo Rabbit, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Jumanji: The Next Level, Cats, Sorry We Missed You, The Truth

Charlie, Jess, Ashley and Lily review every single film hitting cinemas this Boxing Day! Plus the controversies at the SAG and Golden Globe Awards - and the one thing about Disney+ that's gotten the streaming service into hot water.Reviews▸ Jojo Rabbit (1:34)▸ Portrait of a Lady on Fire (7:00) ▸Jumanji: The Next Level (10:38)▸ Cats (14:56) ▸ Sorry We Missed You (19:42)▸ The Truth (21:42)News▸ As 2019 comes to an end, it means one very exciting thing - awards season is just around the corner!...


'Rockabul' director Travis Beard and 'Thunder Road' actor/writer/director Jim Cummings Interviews

Charlie and Ashley present a special episode of SWITCHCast, with interviews with Travis Beard, the director of 'Rockabul', and the writer, director and star of 'Thunder Road', Jim Cummings.InterviewsTravis Beard is an Aussie who lived in Afghanistan for seven years. As a music lover, he was also fascinated by Kabul’s music culture - or lack of. Imagine your favourite genre - pop, rock, R&B, country - well, there’s a good chance it’s shunned there, and potentially punishable by death. Travis...


The House With a Clock in Its Walls, Ladies in Black, Johnny English Strikes Back, Smallfoot, Ghosthunter, I Am Paul Walker

Charlie, Jess and Daniel discuss the week's films, plus we lay shit on the single-worst thing that has ever happened in the history of cinema, ever.Reviews▸ The House With a Clock in Its Walls (0:32)▸ Ladies in Black (4:49) ▸ Johnny English Strikes Back (10:08)▸ Smallfoot (14:34) ▸ Ghosthunter (17:33)▸ I Am Paul Walker (18:53)Trailer Wrap▸ First Man (21:00)News▸ If you want to piss off any reputable film buff, you just need to say two words - motion smoothing. It’s that function on your TV...


The Predator, Searching, A Simple Favour, Beast, Christopher Robin, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, Won't You Be My Neighbour?

Charlie, Daniel and Jake discuss the week's films, plus tragedy for the sake of entertainment - should we be "enjoying" cinema which exploits historical atrocities?Reviews▸ The Predator (0:32)▸ Searching (8:01)▸ A Simple Favour (13:50)▸ Beast (20:08)▸ Christopher Robin (22:41)▸ Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (23:47)▸ Won't You Be My Neighbour? (24:59)Trailer Wrap▸ Halloween (26:12)News▸ There’s no end to films that are “based on a true story” - where real-life situations are turned into films...


The Nun, McQueen, You Were Never Really Here, The Miseducation of Cameron Price, Hearts Beat Loud, Juliet Naked, The Merger, Wayne

Charlie, Jess and Jake discuss the week's films, plus the battle of the streaming services - can Netflix stand up to the newcomers, and is there enough room in the market for more players?Reviews▸ The Nun (0:28)▸ McQueen (2:42)▸ You Were Never Really Here (7:50)▸ The Miseducation of Cameron Post (13:18)▸ Hearts Beat Loud (17:34)▸ Juliet, Naked (22:30)▸ The Merger (26:37)▸ Wayne (28:02)Trailer Wrap▸ Bad Times at the El Royale (29:07)News▸ There’s a hoard of new streaming services looming on...


Crazy Rich Asians, Three Identical Strangers, The Insult, Kin, Luis and the Aliens, The Flip Side, Mile 22

Charlie, Jess and Brent discuss the week's films, and the Aussie director twins behind 'Kin', Jonathan and Josh Baker, join SWITCHCast to chat about working with James Franco, Zoë Kravitz, Dennis Quaid and Jack Reynor.Reviews▸ Crazy Rich Asians (0:47)▸ Three Identical Strangers (7:25)▸ The Insult (11:38)▸ Kin (16:24)▸ Luis and the Aliens (21:28)▸ The Flip Side (24:45)▸ Mile 22 (25:51)Trailer Wrap▸ Suspiria (26:56)Interview▸ It takes a lot of work to put together a debut feature film - even...


Book Club, Leave No Trace, The Happytime Murders, Mirai, West of Sunshine, Slender Man

Charlie, Daniel and Jake discuss the week's films, and the SWITCH team reveal their top picks from the Melbourne International Film Festival and share their favourite films to look forward to in cinemas.Reviews▸ Book Club (0:36)▸ Leave No Trace (4:57)▸ The Happytime Murders (6:47)▸ Mirai (11:34)▸ West of Sunshine (14:35)▸ Slender Man (16:21)Trailer Wrap▸ What Men Want (19:55)News▸ Celebrating its 67th year, the Melbourne International Film Festival featured its largest program ever - 374...


Breath, The Gateway, National Theatre Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Chris discuss the week's films, and share their predictions of the year's biggest upcoming films that were glimpsed at this year's CinemaCon.Reviews▸ Breath (0:32)▸ The Gateway (8:24)▸ National Theatre Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (11:38)Trailers▸ Crazy Rich Asians (19:29)▸ Woman Walks Ahead (23:48)▸ Whitney (26:42)News▸ Just wrapping up over in the states is CinemaCon, which is essentially the world’s largest cinema trade show, where film studios and cinema owners...


Avengers: Infinity War, Unsane, Gurrumul, Last Flag Flying, Loveless, Double Lover

Charlie, Daniel, Jake and Chris discuss the week's films, and look at what's next for superhero films with 'Avengers: Infinity War' bringing this chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close.Reviews▸ Avengers: Infinity War (0:31)▸ Unsane (7:30)▸ Gurrumul (14:55)▸ Last Flag Flying (21:44)▸ Loveless (27:37)▸ Double Lover (32:03)Trailers▸ Tea With The Dames (34:20)▸ American Animals (37:12)News▸ With the release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ this week, the superhero genre has reached a...


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I Am Not A Witch, Super Troopers 2, The Song Keepers, I Feel Pretty

Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Jake discuss the week's films, Daniel speaks to the director of 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' Mike Newell about the making of the film, and we join the battle between Netflix and Hollywood's heavyweights as the streaming service's feud with Cannes Film Festival divides opinions.Reviews▸ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (0:42)▸ I Am Not A Witch (7:40)▸ Super Troopers 2 (8:23)▸ The Song Keepers (17:11)▸ I Feel Pretty...


Isle of Dogs, Rampage, Truth or Dare, The Party, National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar

Charlie, Jess, Brent and Chris discuss the week's films, follow in Molly Ringwald's footsteps and ask if we can still cherish the films we grew up with when watched with today’s socially sensitive eye, and celebrate Meryl Streep joining the 'Big Little Lies' cast by looking at other Hollywood stars who have made a leap to the small screen.Reviews▸ Isle of Dogs (0:42)▸ Rampage (10:12)▸ Truth or Dare (14:27)▸ The Party (17:57)▸ National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar (24:35)Trailers▸ Night School...


A Quiet Place, Walking Out, Have You Seen The Listers?, Pop Aye, Hitler Versus Picasso

Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Jake discuss the week's films, ask whether politically correctness is destroying the Australian film industry, and Daniel delves down the rabbit hole for the upcoming exhibition at Melbourne's ACMI that explores all things Alice, Wonderland.Reviews▸ A Quiet Place (0:38)▸ Walking Out (8:35)▸ Have You Seen The Listers? (15:31)▸ Pop Aye (16:57)▸ Hitler Versus Picasso (18:12)Trailers▸ Cargo (19:32)▸ First Reformed (24:09)▸ Terminal (28:01)News▸ It’s no secret that the...


Ready Player One, Early Man, Love Simon, Blockers, A Wrinkle In Time, The Other Side Of Hope, The Death Of Stalin, Paul Apostle Of Christ, Sherlock Gnomes

Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Chris discuss the week's films, look at the impact of 'Love, Simon', the first film ever released by a major Hollywood studio with a queer main character, and discuss the filmography of Steven Spielberg to celebrate the release of 'Ready Player One' and Chris' article ranking all 31 of his movies.Reviews▸ Ready Player One (1:12)▸ Early Man (6:58)▸ Love, Simon (13:00)▸ Blockers (22:27)▸ A Wrinkle In Time (30:00)▸ The Other Side Of Hope (36:47)▸ The Death Of Stalin...


Pacific Rim Uprising, Peter Rabbit, Mary Magdalene, The Endless, The Divine Order, Buena Vista Social Club: Adios, Earth: One Amazing Day

Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Brent discuss the week's films, look at the dangers of criticism and backlashes for films before audiences have even seen them, and ask whether Australia would benefit from an in-cinema film subscription service.Reviews▸ Pacific Rim Uprising▸ Peter Rabbit▸ Mary Magdalene▸ The Endless▸ The Divine Order▸ Buena Vista Social Club: Adios▸ Earth: One Amazing DayTrailers▸ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald▸ Eighth GradeNews▸ In the lead-up to its release, social...


Tomb Raider, That's Not My Dog!, Human Flow, Kangaroo, England Is Mine, The Strangers: Prey At Night, NT Live: Young Marx

Charlie, Jess, Daniel and Chris discuss the week's films, we look at controversial casting in comic book movies after the announcement of comedienne Kristen Wiig in 'Wonder Woman 2', and inspired by the team behind 'Juno' and 'Young Adult' reuniting for this year's 'Tully', discuss the best writer/director partnerships.Reviews▸ Tomb Raider▸ That's Not My Dog!▸ Human Flow▸ Kangaroo▸ England Is Mine▸ The Strangers: Prey At Night▸ National Theatre Live: Young MarxTrailers▸ Mary Poppins Returns▸...