Kern S The Gold Coast Film Festival is just over a week away and one of the shining trophies on the program is Sushi Girl: a genre film in every sense of the word. Starring Mark Hamill (SKYWALKER!), Tony Todd (CANDYMAN!), Danny Trejo (MACHETE!) and Noah Hathaway (ATREYU!) it’s a film that gives any cinephile within a 10 metre radius a raging nerd boner. The debut feature of Kern Saxton, the writer, producer, editor, director and star of the film sat down with Graffiti With Punctuation to share his pick for a Five Star Film.

His choice? The infamous Apocalypse Now. The reasons Saxton says he loves it aren’t “necessarily related to the technical merits of the film, which are mind boggling”. His is more of a visceral appreciation, explained by the man himself below. apoco The acting

“The acting init was fantastic. These guys were just going out in to the middle of madness and what they brought back . . . this movie was hell to make and turned out to be a landmark of cinema.”


The message

“It was an interesting commentary about humanity. The stories it told . . . I feel like there’s a seed of that in everything I do.”

apocalypse-now_01 Bringing the crazy

“It broke a lot of ground as to the way films were made. It was very operatic – it’s like a big spectacle. Some would probably say Francis Ford Coppola lost his marbles doing it because hasn’t made something like that since.”


The characters

“Complex characters. There was a fascinating dichotomy. Kurtz and Willard and what drives them is so engaging for the audience.”


Big ba-da boom

“It was the birth of multichannel sound. It was the first 5.1 soundtrack which adds to the whole spectacle thing.”

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sushi girlThe cast and crew of Sushi Girl are attending the Australian premiere of the film at the Gold Coast Film Festival, April 18 – 28. Tickets are available online at



Sydney, Australia. Getting her start as a police reporter, her writing on pop culture has appeared in publications such as the New York Post, Guardian, Penthouse, The Daily Mail, Empire Magazine, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, i09, Junkee and many more. Previously seen as a presenter on SBS Viceland’s nightly news program The Feed and as the host of Cleverfan on ABC, she has been a journalist for over 15 years.

Her best-selling debut novel Who's Afraid? was published in 2016, followed by its sequel Who’s Afraid Too? in 2017, which was nominated for Best Horror Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2018. Who’s Afraid? is being developed for television by the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Hoodlum Entertainment. Her Young Adult debut, It Came From The Deep, was released globally on October 31, Halloween, 2017 and is a twist on The Little Mermaid meets Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Her fourth book, The Witch Who Courted Death, was released on Halloween, 2018 and nominated for Best Fantasy Novel at the Aurealis Awards in 2019. Her fifth novel set within the share supernatural universe is due for release in October, 2019.