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CHARLIE DAVID PAGE
SWITCH Editor / SWITCHCast Host

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
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CHARLIE'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Sydney Film Festival 2021 - Program launch
Sydney Film Festival 2021
Program launch
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021 - The reviews
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021
The reviews
Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2021 - The reviews
Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2021
The reviews
JESS FENTON
SWITCH Contributor

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
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JESS' LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
The Donut King - This inspiring doco has it all... and lots and lots of donuts
The Donut King
This inspiring doco has it all... and lots and lots of donuts
★★★★
Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Would Not Be Televised) - History reveals itself
Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Would Not Be Televised)
History reveals itself
★★★★
Ride The Eagle - A meditative look at connection
Ride The Eagle
A meditative look at connection
★★
DANIEL LAMMIN
SWITCH Contributor / Ink & Paint Host

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
Nitram - Into the abyss of one of our greatest tragedies
Nitram
Into the abyss of one of our greatest tragedies
★★★★★
Dear Evan Hansen - A disappointing, misguided adaptation of the award-winning musical
Dear Evan Hansen
A disappointing, misguided adaptation of the award-winning musical
★★
The First Wives Club - Sisters are still doin' it for themselves 25 years later
The First Wives Club
Sisters are still doin' it for themselves 25 years later
BRENT DAVIDSON
SWITCH Contributor

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
CODA - Raise your hands in joy
CODA
Raise your hands in joy
★★★★
Mortal Kombat - Ready? Fight!
Mortal Kombat
Ready? Fight!
★★
Cowboys - Saddle up for an emotional ride
Cowboys
Saddle up for an emotional ride
★★★
JAKE WATT
SWITCH Contributor

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
Gaia - Ho-hum horticultural horror
Gaia
Ho-hum horticultural horror
★★
Top 25 Free Horror Movies on Tubi TV Australia - A Halloween guide to the hidden gems on the streaming service
Top 25 Free Horror Movies on Tubi TV Australia
A Halloween guide to the hidden gems on the streaming service
The killer twists of M. Night Shyamalan - Ranking the meditative and menacing films of a blockbuster auteur
The killer twists of M. Night Shyamalan
Ranking the meditative and menacing films of a blockbuster auteur
ASHLEY TERESA
SWITCH Contributor

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
Halloween Kills - Killer sequel is nothing but filler
Halloween Kills
Killer sequel is nothing but filler
★★
Lamb - it'll grow on ewe
Lamb
it'll grow on ewe
★★★
Flashback - Not a trip but a chore
Flashback
Not a trip but a chore
CHRIS DOS SANTOS
SWITCH Contributor

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
Love You Like That - Love is in the air - and it's crazy
Love You Like That
Love is in the air - and it's crazy
★★
A Sexplanation - A long overdue sex education
A Sexplanation
A long overdue sex education
★★★
The Boss Baby: Family Business - Girl-Boss Baby not worth your time
The Boss Baby: Family Business
Girl-Boss Baby not worth your time
★★
LILY MEEK
SWITCH Contributor

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
Breakfast at Tiffany's 60th Anniversary - The daring, darling Holly Golightly lives on
Breakfast at Tiffany's 60th Anniversary
The daring, darling Holly Golightly lives on
Gunda - Piglets, peace and producer Joaquin Phoenix
Gunda
Piglets, peace and producer Joaquin Phoenix
★★★
The Pickup Game - A confronting reveal of the pickup industry
The Pickup Game
A confronting reveal of the pickup industry
★★★★
JOEL KALKOPF
SWITCH Contributor

Born and raised in Melbourne, Joel completed his studies in Entrepreneurship at RMIT (yes it’s a real degree!). Although currently working in the property industry, films are where his heart is and always has been. His parents educated him from a young age with 'The Sound of Music', 'Oliver!', 'Fiddler on the Roof' and the like, and ever since his passion for movies has continued to grow. He's just started in the reviewing game because whilst art is subjective, he believes his opinions are right and should be shared.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: The Killers, Vampire Weekend, Alan Menken
TOP 3 MOVIES: Inglorious Basterds, The Life of Brian, Singing In The Rain
BEST CONCERT: Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto Tour, Melbourne
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: I think it was my very first trip to the cinema to see Muppet Treasure Island. To this day, an underrated all time classic that makes me laugh every time.

joel@maketheswitch.com.au
www.twitter.com/Joel_Kal

JOEL'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Limbo - A witty yet humanising look at the refugee experience
Limbo
A witty yet humanising look at the refugee experience
★★★★
Some Kind of Heaven - A bizarre lens into a Floridian retirement village
Some Kind of Heaven
A bizarre lens into a Floridian retirement village
★★★★
The Fox and the Hound - Celebrating 40 years since Disney's saddest tail
The Fox and the Hound
Celebrating 40 years since Disney's saddest tail
CONNOR DALTON
SWITCH Contributor

After watching 'The Social Network' in the dead of night, cinema has been ever-present for Connor. In the following years, he obtained a Bachelor's degree in film and television. Working as a camera operator, he’s travelled far and wide across the state filming soccer and rugby competitions.

Recently, he’s been navigating a career in reality television, working on programs such as 'Married at First Sight', 'Big Brother', 'Australian Survivor', and 'The Voice', among others. But above all, he waits patiently for the next DC Comics film, hoping for its success.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Michael Jackson, John Mayer, The Beatles
TOP 3 MOVIES: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Psycho
BEST CONCERT: The 1975 at the Hordern Pavilion in 2016
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Being utterly entranced by the 1998 masterpiece ‘Toot Toot’ starring the Wiggles

connor@maketheswitch.com.au
www.twitter.com/TheConnorDalton
www.instagram.com/ConnorDaltonn

CONNOR'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Halloween - Reliving the night he came home
Halloween
Reliving the night he came home
Joe Bell - Mark Wahlberg's well-meaning but flawed crusade
Joe Bell
Mark Wahlberg's well-meaning but flawed crusade
★★
Pig - Another dazzling turn from Nicolas Cage
Pig
Another dazzling turn from Nicolas Cage
★★★★
ALEX AMSTER
Ink & Paint Producer

Film enthusiast and ex-cinema worker. Little bit obsessed with analog formats. Bringing you fine podcasts on 2-inch tape!

TOP 3 ARTISTS: Paul, Ringo, George. Not John.
TOP 3 MOVIES: The Godfather, Perfect Blue, Dr Strangelove or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
BEST CONCERT: The Flaming Lips at the Palace Theatre, 2011
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Pokemon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

www.twitter.com/AlexanderAmster
www.instagram.com/AlexAmster

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