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Karl Quinn

Karl has held a variety of senior editing and writing roles since joining Fairfax Media in 1999. Most recently he was The Age's entertainment editor from 2009-2012. As national film editor, he oversees our film coverage in print and on our digital platforms.

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How One Direction helped Josh Thomas direct Please Like Me

Karl Quinn Josh Thomas had some help with his first go at directing, from One Direction.

Annual reports

Victoria's screen sector shaken, not stirred, in 2014-15

<i>Age of Ultron</i> was just one of the big-budget movies to have some of its post-production work done in Victoria in 2014-15.

Karl Quinn Minor wobbles, but 2014-15 was mostly a year of stabilisation for Victoria's screen industries.

new record

Australian movies set new box office record

Michael Caton in <i>Last Cab to Darwin</i>, which has helped steer Australian movies to a record haul at the local box office.

Karl Quinn After a dismal couple of years, Australian movies have recovered to record their biggest ever haul at the local box office.

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Family first

After Oddball and Paper Planes, hunt is on for next family film hit

<i>Red Dog</i> swept all before it in 2011.

Karl Quinn Oddball is a hit. Paper Planes was a hit. But where is the next Australian film that the whole family can flock to?

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Scoring Macbeth

Jed Kurzel on why Macbeth echoes Snowtown and how the score was almost electronic

Jed Kurzel says he had a similar response to seeing images of <i>Macbeth</i>'s landscape as he did to that of <i>Snowtown</i>.

Karl Quinn The Mess Hall's Jed Kurzel found the sound of Macbeth in the Scottish landscape, but his score could easily have been something entirely different.

Time traveller

Putuparri and the Rainmakers charts Tom Lawford's journey to past and future

Tom Lawford in <i>Putuparri and the Rainmakers</i>.

Karl Quinn Nicole Ma's film is a remarkable document about a culture on the brink of disappearance and one man's bid to save it, and perhaps himself.

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On the brink

Big weekend for Oddball, Blinky Bill take Australian box office to the brink

Oddball, directed by Stuart McDonald.

Karl Quinn After a couple of dismal years, Australian movies have bounced back, posting the second-highest total ever, with more to come.

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Endless love

Brownlow Medal 2015: As long as time itself, and almost as gripping

Fremantle's Nat Fyfe poses with the 2015 Brownlow Medal.

Karl Quinn It was long, it was repetitive, it was gripping. It had James Blunt and a declaration of love. It was the Brownlow Medal broadcast and Karl Quinn sat through it all, and felt the love.

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Sullivan Stapleton

Sullivan Stapleton: Cut Snake star an overnight sensation after almost three decades

Sullivan Stapleton as Pommie, left, with Alex Russell as Sparra in <i>Cut Snake</i>.

Karl Quinn He's been working since he was 10, and at 38 Sullivan Stapleton is finally on the radar. But few could have seen his latest career move coming.

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Stranded strafed

Stranded author Clinton Walker labels ABC punk doc Stranded 'a dog's breakfast'

The Saints' <i>I'm Stranded</i> album cover.

Karl Quinn The author of a history of The Saints and punk has attacked a doco on the same subject, in which he appears as a talking head.

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Animal love story

Shane Jacobson's Oddball doubles box office to $2 million in two days

Shane Jacobson and Kai the maremma star as Alan 'Swampy' Marsh and his dog Oddball in the family comedy-drama Oddball, directed by Stuart McDonald.

Karl Quinn Oddball is the little movie that could.

Is Don, is Good

Emmy Awards 2015: Jon Hamm wins at last as best actor for Don Draper in Mad Men

Blissed out: Jon Hamm has finally won his best actor Emmy.

Karl Quinn At his eighth attempt, Jon Hamm has finally won the best actor Emmy for his lead role as Don Draper in Mad Men.

Vale Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins dead at 77: Bestselling novelist, sister of Joan Collins, had breast cancer

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Karl Quinn The bestselling author kept her disease private, despite a recent round of publicity to promote her latest novel.

Offspring back

Offspring to return to Ten in 2016

Kat Stewart and Asher Keddie will be back in <i>Offspring</i> in 2016, after Ten announced the series would return for a sixth season.

Karl Quinn The popular comedy drama about Nina Proudman and her family will be back on air next year.

abc arts

ABC arts coverage moves to iview ahead of closure of arts portal

The ABC has shifted the focus of its arts coverage to a dedicated channel on iview in an attempt to increase audience.

Karl Quinn Arts on ABC TV is an endangered creature, but it has found a new home on its streaming service.

First-day Nerves

Andrew Garfield admits to nerves ahead of Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge shoot

<i>The Amazing Spiderman</i>'s Andrew Garfield is the lead of Mel Gibson's latest film.

Karl Quinn and Jenny Cooney Mel Gibson is shooting his first movie in Australia as director, and leading man Andrew Garfield admits he has got butterflies.

Cory blimey!

Andrew Bolt raises prospect of Cory Bernardi as leader of new conservative party on The Project

Senator Cory Bernardi: is he the messiah the conservatives are crying out for, or just a very naughty boy?

Karl Quinn Could Cory Bernardi be the man to lead the true conservatives in Canberra? Andrew Bolt thinks it's a possibility.

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Irwin biopic

Steve Irwin biopic to star Hugh Jackman if Bindi gets her way: report

Could Hugh Jackman really be in line to play Irwin?

Karl Quinn Crikey: Can Hugh Jackman really be in line to play Steve Irwin in a planned biopic?

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Abbott the Musical: It's a numbers game as political satire gets major rewrite


Karl Quinn A week out from opening, Abbott the Musical is thrown into chaos by the upheavals in Canberra.


Oddball: Shane Jacobson, a dog and some penguins in true story of Swampy Marsh

Shane Jacobson and Kai the maremma star as Alan 'Swampy' Marsh and his dog Oddball in the family comedy-drama Oddball, directed by Stuart McDonald.

Karl Quinn Never work with kids and animals? The makers of Oddball knew the rule, they just chose to ignore it.