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OUR CONTRIBUTORS
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
www.twitter.com/Charlie_David
www.instagram.com/CharlesDavidPage

CHARLIE'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Abigail -
Abigail
"A ballerina vampire"
★★
Civil War - A modern classic showcases a horrifically fractured country
Civil War
A modern classic showcases a horrifically fractured country
★★★★
Late Night with the Devil - Something just shy of truly scary
Late Night with the Devil
Something just shy of truly scary
★★★
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
www.instagram.com/MissJess_SWITCH

JESS' LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
The Holdovers - Payne + Giamatti = comedy and emotional gold in an unlikely fashion
The Holdovers
Payne + Giamatti = comedy and emotional gold in an unlikely fashion
★★★★
Dazed and Confused - When words maketh the movie
Dazed and Confused
When words maketh the movie
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - 20 years and 5 movies later, where does the legacy stand?
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
20 years and 5 movies later, where does the legacy stand?
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
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 - The agony and the ecstasy of the second act of Tarantino’s shattering masterpiece
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
The agony and the ecstasy of the second act of Tarantino’s shattering masterpiece
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - An exhausting exercise in monster-driven excess
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
An exhausting exercise in monster-driven excess
★★
NT Live: The Motive and the Cue - A stirring portrait of two legendary artists in the act of creation
NT Live: The Motive and the Cue
A stirring portrait of two legendary artists in the act of creation
★★★★
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
Anatomy of a Fall - A legal thriller that leans in some fascinating directions
Anatomy of a Fall
A legal thriller that leans in some fascinating directions
★★★★
Bring on Brollie - The latest streaming service hits Australia - and it's free
Bring on Brollie
The latest streaming service hits Australia - and it's free
Cobweb - Laughs and breezy satire from a South Korean great
Cobweb
Laughs and breezy satire from a South Korean great
★★★
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
Bottoms - Scraping the bottom of the teen comedy genre
Bottoms
Scraping the bottom of the teen comedy genre
The Creator - Thank goodness for original science-fiction movies
The Creator
Thank goodness for original science-fiction movies
★★★
BlackBerry - A refreshing take on the brand movie
BlackBerry
A refreshing take on the brand movie
★★★
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

CHRISDSDS'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Back to Black - Wishing 'We Only Said Goodbye' to hollow biopics
Back to Black
Wishing 'We Only Said Goodbye' to hollow biopics
Monkey Man - Dev Patel's directorial debut is a knockout
Monkey Man
Dev Patel's directorial debut is a knockout
★★★★
Hannah Montana: The Movie - Sweet Nibblets! It's 15 years since Hannah went to the big screen
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Sweet Nibblets! It's 15 years since Hannah went to the big screen
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
The Grand Budapest Hotel - A five-star stay for adventure
The Grand Budapest Hotel
A five-star stay for adventure
Roman Holiday - Taking a trip back to a modern 50s love story
Roman Holiday
Taking a trip back to a modern 50s love story
Sweet As - Soon-to-be Australian classic
Sweet As
Soon-to-be Australian classic
★★★★
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
Coraline - Exploring a cinematic blindspot
Coraline
Exploring a cinematic blindspot
Riceboy Sleeps - A personal and tender immigrant story with universal ideas
Riceboy Sleeps
A personal and tender immigrant story with universal ideas
★★★★
May December - A cheeky and daring film fraught with drama
May December
A cheeky and daring film fraught with drama
★★★★
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
INTERVIEW: Monica - Patricia Clarkson's pride and fundraising for 'Monica'
Monica
Patricia Clarkson's pride and fundraising for 'Monica'
INTERVIEW: Monica - Andrea Pallaoro’s Eight Years with 'Monica'
Monica
Andrea Pallaoro’s Eight Years with 'Monica'
INTERVIEW: Housekeeping for Beginners - How Goran Stolevski forged his found family
Housekeeping for Beginners
How Goran Stolevski forged his found family
LIZ CHAN
SWITCH Contributor / Social Media Video Editor

Liz splits her time between Southeast Asia and Australia while pursuing a degree in Media Arts. With an interest in everything design, pop culture and film, she especially seeks to amplify and support WOC talent and voices in creative media. Her love of film can be traced back to her childhood checking the movie timings in newspapers. She now checks them constantly on the cinema website.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: COIN, Jon Bellion, Blake Rose
TOP 3 MOVIES: Into the Spiderverse, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Bad Genius
BEST CONCERT: SUPERBLOOM (at the Live Dream) by MisterWives
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Being absolutely enamoured by Bolt (2008)

liz@maketheswitch.com.au
www.instagram.com/ByLisianne

LIZ'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
Challengers - Zendaya, Faist, O'Connor: All is complicated in love and tennis
Challengers
Zendaya, Faist, O'Connor: All is complicated in love and tennis
★★★★★
Wicked Little Letters - Olivia Colman tackles 1920s hate mail
Wicked Little Letters
Olivia Colman tackles 1920s hate mail
★★★★
Dream Scenario - A new Cage cameo goes viral
Dream Scenario
A new Cage cameo goes viral
★★★★
DAVE LEE
SWITCH Contributor

Dave Lee is a filmmaker, writer, Rotten Tomatoes accredited film critic, media personality, and commentator who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film at Deakin University in 2013. Currently, Dave writes, edits, and presents the YouTube channel 'Dave Lee Down Under', delivering editorials and reviews on movies, animation, and pop culture, as well as regular junket and interview coverage. An obsessive lover of cinema from a very young age, Dave has a particular penchant for Golden Age classics, animation, and modern-day Blockbusters.

TOP 3 ARTISTS: The Beatles, Coldplay, Elvis, Lana Del Rey (do not make me get rid of one!!)
TOP 3 MOVIES: The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars (1977), Fantasia
BEST CONCERT: Coldplay at Wembley, London!
FIRST MEMORY OF A FILM: Watching 'The Wizard of Oz' with my Nan at a young age. The moment Dorothy opened the door to the Technicolor world of Oz, my world was blown wide open!

dave@maketheswitch.com.au
www.youtube.com/DaveLeeDownUnder
www.twitter.com/DaveLeeDwnUndr
www.instagram.com/DaveLeeDwnUndr

DAVE'S LATEST STORIESMORE STORIES
It Happened One Night - Behind the enduring legacy of one of the most influential pictures of all time
It Happened One Night
Behind the enduring legacy of one of the most influential pictures of all time
The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes - A welcome but flawed return to the brutal, eccentric world of Panem
The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes
A welcome but flawed return to the brutal, eccentric world of Panem
★★★
Killers of the Flower Moon - Scorsese delivers one of his most important epics yet
Killers of the Flower Moon
Scorsese delivers one of his most important epics yet
★★★★
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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