Current Team

James Madden - Editor

James holds a Bachelor of Arts (LaTrobe University; majors: Cinema Studies, Media Studies) and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management (University of Melbourne). His reviews and articles have been featured across numerous university publications including Farrago (University of Melbourne) and Rabelais (La Trobe University), as well as with PortableThe Vine, T-Squat and Upstart. His portfolio can be viewed here.


Kendal Coombs – Contributor

Kendal studied her arse off all through high school in order to get into her dream course at university. Graduated Bachelor of Communication (Media) from RMIT with distinction and a Major in Cinema Studies and a minor in being taken for granted as an intern. She now fills her days fitting bras, writing for weekly entertainment rag Inpress, watching TV series and counting down the days until she can afford to travel to Cardiff to check out the Doctor Who Museum.


Jack Crane – Contributor

Jack Crane was delivered to his parents in the town of Bairnsdale by a stork when he was seven months old. Since then he’s made a habit of growing up and wearing the most extravagant shorts he could find. In his professional life, Jack has worked as the Talk Manager for SYN, Mid-Dawn presenter for Triple j, Newsreader for RRR, Contributor to Catalyst and Inpress and Photographer for Tonedeaf and Shout Out Music.


Paul Flavel – Contributor

Paul had such an unpleasant time growing up because no one else his age knew who Diana Rigg or Joan Fontaine was. Now he is a young adult surviving on strong coffee and spending most of his time (and money) at David Jones and living it up in Melbourne CBD. Can often be found in pyjamas watching Bewitched. In his spare time he is studying a Bachelor of IT at RMIT. Tweet him @avenger1988


Kevin Hawkins – Contributor

Kevin is a Melbourne-based writer who believes video cassettes are the most superior form of home-entertainment media. Underneath his desk are a few hundred VHSs, most of which are either Disney kid’s flicks or Hitchcock murder mysteries. When not playing with the tracking button on the remote, Kevin studies Media and Communications at Melbourne University, contributes to Farrago, and writes narcissistic rants at


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Mark Hewitt – Contributor

Mark Hewitt is a graduate of LaTrobe University where he studied both Cinema Studies and English. He has contributed to several publications including Atomic Threat and [Fiend] Magazine. An enthusiast of  all things Jean Pierre Melville, Mark’s other filmic interests include American noir, 70s Japanese cinema and the Hong Kong new wave.



Kate-Ida Holleman – Contributor

Kate-Ida Holleman has a BA in Professional Writing and Philosophy from Deakin University and a Master in Creative Media (Screenwriting) from RMIT. She has taught Screenwriting across rural Victoria and specializes in genre, narrative structure and characterization. Kate-Ida is also a freelance writer and editor and has been published in the Herald Sun, The Age, ABC online as well as magazines and newspapers. Film Blerg is her first attempt at writing film reviews, although her friends will tell you she’s been annoying them for years with her opinions and are glad she will finally shut up while watching a movie.

Chloe Sesta Jacobs – Contributor

Chloe completed a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at RMIT University, majoring in cinema studies. A world cinema enthusiast, her favourite films include The Lives of OthersDownfallGoodbye LeninAmourA Woman Is A Woman and The Return. When she’s not obsessing over Jimmy Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Larry David, she’s dancing in front of her mirror to Taylor Swift and ruing the fact that Breaking Bad ended. All while eating Japanese.


Chris Smith – Contributor

Chris lives in Melbourne, loves movies, music and books. His top ten all-time favourite directors are Francois Truffaut, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Soderberg, Lucio Fulci, Werner Herzog, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott and David Fincher.



Angus Tonkin – Contributor

Angus Tonkin is currently completing a BA at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Media & Communications. A big fan of movies, books, art, tennis and the Essendon footy club, he is a long time viewer but first time reviewer. His credentials include glimpsing Rob Lowe and Donald Sutherland filming Salem’s Lot in his home town and having ridden Jurassic Park: The Ride three times. You can follow him on Twitter @AngusTonk, if you like.

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James is a Masters of Arts Management student at the University of Melbourne, and also holds an Honours degree in Screen and Cultural Studies & Politics. Outside of Film Blerg, he has also written on film for a number of print and online outlets including Milkbarmag, The Essential and Farrago, where he also served as film sub-editor in 2013. You can follow James on Twitter: @jameszarucky




Past Contributors

Jemima Bucknell - Contributor

Jemima Bucknell studied cinema and literature at La Trobe University. Her turn-ons are Sidney Lumet, David Cronenberg, The Sopranos and Susan Sontag; turn-offs are Inception, Robert Rodriguez, Lars Von Trier and Baz Luhrmann. Lives in Melbourne.



Bradley J. Dixon – Contributor

Bradley J. Dixon is a former music writer turned film blogger based in Melbourne. His work can be found at his website Cinema Quest ( and you can tweet him at @bradleyjdixon.



Tim Hoar – Contributor

Tim is a Canberra based wannabe film critic forced to moonlight as a public servant four days a week to feed his beloved bunny Arbie. He is currently polishing off the last subject on a Bachelor of Arts at Australian National University majoring in English and Film. He is the creator of Not Now I’m Drinking a Beer and Watching a Movie, as well as regular co-host of The Film Brief podcast. You can follow his work on facebook here.