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OUR CONTRIBUTORS
CHARLIE DAVID PAGE
With a lifelong fascination for film and TV, Charlie studied at Charles Sturt University and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Television Production) before beginning a career at Channel Nine, where he worked as a producer for ten years. He is currently employed with Sunday Night on the Seven Network, and runs the production company, Midnight Productions.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Sufjan Stevens, fun., Sarah Blasko
TOP 3 MOVIES: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Almost Famous, Donnie Darko
BEST CONCERT: Sufjan Stevens at the Sydney Opera House - 2011 (twice)
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Either watching Milo and Otis or ET at a friend's house.

charlie@maketheswitch.com.au
www.twitter.com/Charlie_David
www.instagram.com/CharlesDavidPage

CHARLIE'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
The Dead Don't Die - A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
The Dead Don't Die
A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
★★★★
Hail Satan? - A hell of a fascinating documentary
Hail Satan?
A hell of a fascinating documentary
★★★★
Judy & Punch - A dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
Judy & Punch
A dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
★★★★
JESS FENTON
Working in the television industry for 10 years and growing up in it for 20 years before that, this path was inevitable. An AFTRS alum with two Graduate Certificates under her belt, Jess is the definition of a movie buff and after torturing her friends with her opinions for years, they're now out there for public consumption. By day, Jess is an employee at Channel 9 travelling the country and the globe working on the Today Show, News, NRL, The Footy Show and the 2012 London Olympics, among others, but by night she's either hauled up inside a cinema (her home away from home) or rubbing shoulders with movie stars and movie makers on red carpets.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Damien Rice, Ed Sheeran, Sam Cooke
TOP 3 MOVIES: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Stranger Than Fiction, Juno
BEST CONCERT: Peter Gabriel in Verona, Italy - 2010
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: When I was 5 I was with my family sitting front row at a screening of Dirty Dancing facing the audience. I turned around once the movie started and suddenly felt overwhelmed with the desire to be up there on that screen.

jessica@maketheswitch.com.au
www.twitter.com/MissJess_SWITCH
www.instagram.com/MissJess_SWITCH

JESS' LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Leftover Women - Feminists beware, this one's a blood boiler
Leftover Women
Feminists beware, this one's a blood boiler
★★
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
Standing Up For Sunny
A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
★★
Blinded By The Light - The spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
Blinded By The Light
The spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
★★
DANIEL LAMMIN
Daniel Lammin has worked extensively as a theatre director, playwright and actor, and his passion for storytelling recently led to him graduating from the post-graduate Directing course at NIDA (2011). His very candid approach to film critiquing comes from his high standards in all creative pursuits, and love of movies from an early age.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: David Ford, Bob Dylan, Death Cab For Cutie
TOP 3 MOVIES: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Zodiac
BEST CONCERT: London Symphony Orchestra with Jean-Yves Thibaudet - 2010
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Seeing 'The Neverending Story' recorded from the TV onto a VHS when I was 3 or 4.

daniel@maketheswitch.com.au
www.twitter.com/DanielLammin
www.instagram.com/DLammin

DANIEL'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Toy Story 4 - Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
Toy Story 4
Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
★★★
Toy Story Trilogy - Celebrating the crown jewel of Pixar Animation
Toy Story Trilogy
Celebrating the crown jewel of Pixar Animation
★★★★★
Godzilla II: King of the Monsters - The king stumbles in this loud and blundering mess
Godzilla II: King of the Monsters
The king stumbles in this loud and blundering mess
★★
BRENT DAVIDSON
Whilst undertaking his Bachelor of Digital Media, Brent became actively involved the arts industry, leading to a pursuit of producing and directing theatre and launching his company Twelfth House Productions. Recently he has turned to writing, where he draws from an early and long exposure and passion for the performing arts.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Janelle Monae, Cosmo Jarvis, Dimitri Shostakovich
TOP 3 MOVIES: The Fall, East Of Eden, The Mummy (the Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz version)
BEST CONCERT: Alt-J's 2014 Emore Theatre show
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Being absolutely petrified by the cave of wonders in Aladdin and having to spend the rest of the film on my mother's lap.

brent@maketheswitch.com.au
www.twitter.com/BrentCDavidson
www.instagram.com/BrentWent

BRENT'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - Still shagadelic 20 years on
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Still shagadelic 20 years on
X-Men: Dark Phoenix - Untapped potential
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Untapped potential
Minuscule - Mandibles from Far Away - Not for meep
Minuscule - Mandibles from Far Away
Not for meep
★★
JAKE WATT
Jake has a background in journalism but, after some time working at a newspaper on NSW's Central Coast, he relocated from Newcastle to Sydney and segued into marketing and content roles. A lifelong pop culture fan, rumor has it that he sleeps on a giant treasure trove of books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and comics.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: PJ Harvey, Beastie Boys, Madlib
TOP 3 MOVIES: Strangers On A Train, Hangin' With The Homeboys, Aliens
BEST CONCERT: The National at the Sydney Opera House in 2014
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Being terrified by the prologue of Ralph Bakshi's animated film, The Lord of the Rings (1978). The music, the voiceover and the live-action silhouettes against a blood-red backdrop were four minutes of pure nightmare fuel for an overly imaginative child.

jake@maketheswitch.com.au
www.twitter.com/JakeChatty

JAKE'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Children of the Sea - Sunk by a soggy script
Children of the Sea
Sunk by a soggy script
I Am Mother - Finally, a great Netflix sci-fi film
I Am Mother
Finally, a great Netflix sci-fi film
★★★★
Come to Daddy - A morbidly amusing genre mash-up
Come to Daddy
A morbidly amusing genre mash-up
★★★
ASHLEY TERESA
Ashley is a Melbourne-based uni student. She may have a degree in neuroscience but you can catch her at a cinema the moment class is over (or even between classes!). A life-long lover of film, she recently started putting finger to keyboard to start reviewing films she loves and sharing her thoughts with the world.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Tame Impala, Taylor Swift, Radiohead
TOP 3 MOVIES: La La Land, Whiplash, First Man (Damien Chazelle is my one true love)
BEST CONCERT: Tame Impala at Laneway 2017
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Seeing 'Anastasia' with my cousins and hiding under my chair during the frightening Rasputin scenes.

ashley@maketheswitch.com.au
www.twitter.com/AshMatxx
www.instagram.com/AshMatxx

ASHLEY'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
The Notebook - Your break-up best friend for the past 15 years
The Notebook
Your break-up best friend for the past 15 years
The Third Wife - Artistic, painful and beautiful
The Third Wife
Artistic, painful and beautiful
★★★★
Happy As Lazzaro - More than meets the eye
Happy As Lazzaro
More than meets the eye
★★★
CHRIS DOS SANTOS
Ever since he popped in 'The Lion King' VHS, Chris has been infatuated with film. He has a Bachelor in Film and Television, and is currently a manger at Greater Union. Chris practically lives at the cinema; whenever he is working, he is there watching the latest films - good, bad and everything in between.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae, The Cast of High School Musical
TOP 3 MOVIES: Titanic, Gone Girl, Love, Simon
BEST CONCERT: Adele at ANZ Stadium
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Having to watch 'Bambi' whenever I couldn't sleep or was crying as an infant.

chris@maketheswitch.com.au
www.instagram.com/Chris_DosSantos

CHRIS' LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Yesterday - Great concept, disappointing execution
Yesterday
Great concept, disappointing execution
★★★
Men in Black: International - Wish we could memory wipe this one
Men in Black: International
Wish we could memory wipe this one
★★
The Secret Life of Pets 2 - Crowd-pleasingly generic... again
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Crowd-pleasingly generic... again
★★
LILY MEEK
Lily is studying a Bachelor of Film and Television Production. When she isn’t on the set of a film, it’s highly likely she’s watching one. After five international moves in her formative years, Lily’s love of film and cinema grew out of an appreciation for an art form that remained constant and impactful through every changing season of life.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Gang of Youths, The Oh Hellos, Bon Iver
TOP 3 MOVIES: The Princess Bride, La La Land, About Time
BEST CONCERT: Gang of Youths at Sydney's Enmore Theatre
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Watching ‘Bug’s Bunny: Whacky Wabbit’ on VHS at my Nan’s house, eating Apple Turnovers and drinking Sarsaparilla.

lily@maketheswitch.com.au
www.twitter.com/LilyGraceMeek
www.instagram.com/LilyGraceMeek

LILY'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan - Close to home
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan
Close to home
★★★★
The Wandering Chef - A delicious tale of human connection
The Wandering Chef
A delicious tale of human connection
★★★★
Ladyworld - Experimental thriller not so thrilling
Ladyworld
Experimental thriller not so thrilling
★★
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