Brendan Young Pt3 - Panos Cosmatos - Benjamin Gilmour
Brendan Young completes this marathon three-parter in which he talks about his feature documentaries Love and Anarchy: The Wild Wild World of Jaimie Leonarder (2003), and You Only Live Twice: The Incredibly True Story of the Hughes Family (2010). He also talks about his long-in-development project, in which he recorded 30 hours of interview footage with the veteran Australian actor Michael Pate (1920-2008), best known for his extensive Hollywood career. Pate returned to Australia in the 1960's, where he developed a screen version of Norman Lindsay's Age Of Consent, and went on to be the creative force behind The Mango Tree (1977) and Tim (1979).
Panos Cosmatos grew up on movie sets in the company of his father Hollywood director George P. Cosmatos, (Rambo : First Blood, Cobra, Tombstone). Panos's second feature Mandy is a hair-raising, stylish horror thriller, starring the ubiquitous Nicolas Cage in a career defining role.
Benjamin Gilmour is a self-taught filmmaker. Formerly a paramedic, he utilises a semi-documentary format to dramatise the story of a former Australian soldier, who returns to Afghanistan with the intention of atoning for his actions, which resulted in the accidental killing of a civilian.
Jirga was produced on minimal means in a hectic 20 day shoot after a major investor pulled out at the 11th hour. This is possibly a blessing in disguise as he explains in a wide-ranging interview.