Bill_bailey_facebo_1787484c COMEDIAN, musician and immortal fan favourite thanks to his time on cult series Black Books, lovers of intelligent comedy have long been preaching the gospel according to Bill Bailey. The Brit and self-confessed “old hippie” took some time out to share his choice of a Five Star Film – from Down Under no less – and one that he has become completely “obsessed” by. Rolf de Heer’s oddball classic Bad Boy Bubby.

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“The movie that I’ve been involved in a lot more than other – in the sense that I researched it and gave a lecture about it at the National Theatre in London – is an Australian film called Bad Boy Bubby. I saw it in Australia a few years ago in a little cinema in Melbourne and I was completely hypnotised. I’ve become a bit obsessed and by it and I’ve even organized private screenings of the film in my home and at theatres in hotels when I’ve been on the road. People have said to me afterwards that they weren’t able to watch any other films for a while after that because they simply don’t cut it. From a technical point of view the writer and director Rolf de Heer used different cinematographers for different scenes so it shows you the change in Bubby’s perspective. It’s an ambitious piece of work. It’s unlike anything else.”

Maria Lewis - follow Maria on Twitter here: @moviemazz or on top-rating film podcast Pod Save Our Screen, available now on iTunes.

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.