Inspiration is a thrilling thing. During the Sydney Film Festival, I was resolute that the end was nigh for Pod Save Our Screen. The podcast born from the collision of a purple haired, ‘sweary’ powerhouse Maria Lewis and bearded Bat-boner, yours truly, had become impossible to coordinate. Maria Lewis’ schedule compares to that of a CEO or a President and that face to face was impossible with the physical distance between our home bases. If it’s good enough for Jonah Hill’s Seth in “Superbad” to compare himself to Orson Welles, than it’s good enough for us. We peaked early, and the less we were together the more the podcast has stagnated. I wrote about it here.
During the Sydney Film Festival, in the temporary digs of one Garth Franklin a.k.a Chateau Dark Horizons I was sharing with Garth and Geek Of Oz’s Stu Coote that Pod Save Our Screen was being retired and I wanted to move into something else. At the time I was kicking around some ideas, and thankfully, the gents interrogated and pushed me towards this question. “What do you want to do?!” As I began to attempt to answer, the flowery nonsense pouring out of my face were excuses; ideas that I thought were good but nothing held any kind of conviction.
I was seated faced with Stu and Garth like Robin Williams in “Good Will Hunting,” and hearing the gut-wrenching “it’s not your fault,” repetition. Finally after a series of continued pushing, they’d cut through the artifice and found the spark. I said, almost as if to surrender:
“I just wanna do a podcast where I talk about “Heat.” EVERY. FUCKING. DAY.”
There wasn’t a long pause. It reminds now of the exhale in the wake of the shape charge explosion in the opening heist of Michael Mann’s crime classic, as the tinsel from the car lot wavering in the delicate breeze to the ground.
Stu said the magic words; “Now that’s a podcast I’d listen to.”
Garth was quick to echo. It took mere days for Stu to exchange some ideas about how to make it possible and then, the name struck like lightning. “One Heat Minute.”
Despite dozens of articles, an 80,000 + word thesis on authorship, masculinity and style in the work of Michael Mann, “Heat” has a richness that inspires me to undertake this epic minute by minute appreciation. Along the way, I’ll be enlisting a series of great guests for the ride. If you are reading this and you want to get involved, please contact me via oneheatminute.com.
At the beginning of this journey I have to say a huge thanks to Stu Coote for fertilising the sapling of an idea into gestation. Thanks to the invaluable encouragement and support of Garth Franklin, who has played an insanely vital role behind the scenes with design and website guidance. Thank you to the generosity of Luke Buckmaster for his time and kinds words at the foundational stage of this series. Of course, thank you to my wife Sam, the Alfred to my Batman & my daughter Hazel whose occasional cries will be heard on this podcast recording. Thanks to the above mentioned great people (and some others that I’m keeping as a surprise). All those involved have been rocking and rolling with this idea at the drop of a hat.
So here it is the beginning of a 170 episode arc. The first two episodes of “One Heat Minute,” with guest star Stu Coote are available on ONEHEATMINUTE.COM right now. Subscribe, rate and review and come back every Friday for more.
BLAKE HOWARD IS A FILM CRITIC & THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/CO-FOUNDER OF AUSTRALIAN FILM BLOG GRAFFITI WITH PUNCTUATION . BLAKE IS THE HOST OF THE ONE HEAT MINUTE PODCAST. BLAKE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS ONLINE FILM CRITIC SOCIETY (AND A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNING COMMITTEE), IS A CO-HOST OF GAGGLE OF GEEKS ON SYDNEY'S 2SER COMMUNITY RADIO, A COLUMNIST AT THE AUSTRALIAN ONLINE INSTITUTION DARK HORIZONS AND SWAYS THE TOMATO METER WITH ROTTEN TOMATOES APPROVED REVIEWS.