Wednesday 3rd July 2024


1:30PM - 3:30PM


JMC Academy Sydney, 

561 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 4007



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Immerse yourself in a live audience podcast recording like no other!

JMC Academy is excited to announce our partnership with The Variety Australia Podcast. Bringing industry insights to our doorstep and yours with interviews featuring Australia's best and brightest entertainment industry talent. 

The Variety Australia Podcast is setting up a home at JMC Academy Sydney for our sixth filmed episode on, Wednesday 3rd July, 2024.  As always, we are so proud to be bringing our students along for the ride with our very own Audio Engineering, Film and Television, and Entertainment Business Management students becoming part of the Variety podcast crew to film three episodes with a live student audience. 

Amidst a backdrop of aspiring creatives, Variety Australia dive into real-world learning experiences from some of the most celebrated and accomplished figureheads in the film TV and media industries.

Join host Poppy Reid in this special episode, called: "'Breaking Boundaries: The Filmmaking Duo Behind Homegrown Psycho-Thriller BIRDEATER".

Variety Australia sits down with dynamic filmmaking duo, Jack Clark and Jim Weir, the visionary minds behind the darkly comic psychological thriller, BIRDEATER.
Released in Australian cinemas on July 18, this debut feature has already garnered critical acclaim from its successful festival circuit, including SXSW Austin, Melbourne International Film Festival, and Cinefest Oz. The film recently won the Audience Award for Best Australian Narrative Feature at the Sydney Film Festival. Across the wide-ranging conversation, Clark and Weir will talk through how the film explores evolving masculinity within contemporary gender politics, themes of co-dependency and social norm challenges. The pair will also share their creative journey, discuss the impact of their work, and reveal how they aim to push the boundaries of storytelling to spark meaningful conversations and foster change.

Poppy Reid

Poppy Reid is the Editor-In-Chief of Australia’s largest youth publisher, The Brag Media, which includes Rolling Stone AU/NZ, Variety Australia, Tone Deaf, The Brag and The Music Network under its umbrella.She is a multi-award winner, having won the Music Journalist of the Year award at the 2022 Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA), the Publishing accolade at this year’s Mediaweek Next of the Best Awards and more recently crowned The Champion of Change at The B&T Women In Media Awards

Jack Clark Jim Weir Headshot Jack Clark and Jim Weir are the visionary first-time filmmakers behind the darkly comic psychological thriller, BIRDEATER. Launching to critical acclaim from its festival successes at SXSW Austin, Melbourne International Film Festival, and Cinefest Oz, BIRDEATER captivated audiences, winning the Audience Award for Best Australian Narrative Feature at the Sydney Film Festival. Inspired by Australian new wave cinema, Clark and Weir bring a unique perspective on the evolving masculinity within contemporary gender politics, set against the iconic Australian outback. Their film explores themes of co-dependency and challenges social norms, making it both an entertaining and thought-provoking piece. BIRDEATER is produced by Breathless Films, with Clark and Weir expressing their delight at the global resonance of their distinctly Australian narrative. As they prepare for the film's release in Australian cinemas on July 18, Clark and Weir continue to push the boundaries of storytelling, creating films that spark necessary conversations and foster change.

Spaces are limited! Make sure to register your interest to be a part of the magic and witness some of our industries greatest in action. 


Catch up on the The Variety Australia Podcast below: