Entries by Peter Spann

Manchester by the Sea – Film Review

Lee Chandler is a loner dull handyman in a small sea town near Essex.  After divorce with wife Randi and the loss of his two sons and the demise of his brother Joe by heart attack, he starts with his nephew Patrick a sad substantial survivor bustle in struggle with life and existence… Like Paris, […]

Tropfest Finalists Announced

700 people were waiting on this Tropfest Finalists Announcement but 684 of them were disappointed! Actor / director John Polson started Tropfest in 1993 in what was then a small café in Darlinghurst Sydney call the “Tropicana” (it’s much bigger now!). They claim that Tropfest is the largest short film festival in the world and I […]


Director: Peter Spann

The Clapper said, “Director: Peter Spann, and I get to call “Action”. But I’ve gotta say the first time I heard the (16mm film) camera turn over and make that little clicking sound I let it roll for a few seconds because I knew I would never hear that glorious sound for the first time ever again! […]

Ricochet Surf Dog – One Very Special Surfer Girl

Ricochet Surf Dog changes people’s lives While doing research for my short film “Surfer Girl” i came across a very special surfer girl, Ricochet Surf Dog extraordinaire. Ricochet virtually failed in her puppy service dog training because she loved chasing birds but she also has a very special talent – she surfs, and she uses that […]

Rogue One – a Star Wars story – Review

Star Wars Rogue One expertly delivers the thrills and spills we’ve come to expect of a modern action sci-fi movie while at the same time providing believable, backable characters, an expansion of the Star Wars universe and great service to old and new fans alike. by Peter Spann   Star Wars was only the second […]

Top 10 Films of 2016… (so far)

Peter Spann reviews his top ten film picks of 2016 so far.  “A year of joy, sadness, explosive drama, dancing on air and all that jazz…”   Hunt for the Wilderpeople If you haven’t seen this delightful NZ film yet do yourself a favour and carve out 2 hours of your life and watch it.  […]


Film School Days

I have never been more emotionally challenged than I have been at film school. I have laughed, I have cried, I have experienced great joy and even greater anger, I have reached out and lashed out, all my many weaknesses have been exposed and my strengths tested. I have won friends and made enemies. Some […]