Paco Director Tim Carlier Talks About Crafting Joy with a Community of Creative Souls in This Interview

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On this episode Andrew turns into a bit of a fanboy as he chats with writer and director Tim Carlier about his feature film Paco. This charming and quirky flick follows Manny, played by Manuel Ashman, a sound recordist who is working on a film set one day and has the worst thing happen to him: one of the actors has walked off with a radio microphone. As many people continually tell him, that’s a ‘very bad thing’.

As he heads off after a long day of filming to find his awol radio microphone, Manny discovers a world of sound – aka Adelaide – and the many creative colleagues and friends he knows as he tries to zone in on the audio of the missing mic. Paco then turns into a charming road trip of a film that sway into all realms of art, including a party which in reality is one large theatre game, and a roaming music video that’s being shot around Adelaide.

There’s an energy and a charm to Paco that simply sweeps you off your feet. Andrew first watched it at Perth’s Revelation Film Festival where he had no idea what to expect, and as the film continued on, I felt myself getting lighter and lighter in my seat. It is that kind of charming. It reminds of Platon Theodoris’ great film from 2022, The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour, in the sense that it’s a film that’s confidently full of joy and hope that you can’t help but be swept up by it.

Paco is also a rare Aussie film to have screened at the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival. For those who are in Australia and eager to catch Paco, then you’re in luck (provided you’re in Adelaide) as moviejuice will be presenting a screening on Saturday September 16 at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide. Tim will be there for a Q&A, as will Bromham and the Empty Threats, two bands who feature in the film. Tickets are available here.

Andrew F Peirce

Andrew is passionate about Australian cinema, Australian politics, Australian culture, and Australia in general. Found regularly talking online about Sweet Country, and reminding people to watch Young Adult.

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