valued Dan's Movie Report readers. About a year ago actress Jet
Tranter who I interviewed for Lady Bloodfight alerted me to a new
Netflix series called Tidelands. Incidentally Tidelands is the first
series to be produced by Netflix in Australia, this is a big step
towards global expansion for the company.
season one includes 8 episodes approximately 40 minutes in length and
flows more like a series of 3 movies at appx 4 total hours of running
time. One episode flows into the next and what is cool is that there
is very little title sequencing just a small montage and then it goes
right into the previous scene where it left off. I feel that 8-10
episodes for most seasons is plenty and many 13 episode seasons are
too long and overthink the story and can lose some of the audience
along the way, if the stories are not entertaining and engaging.
opens right up with a young lady Cal, played by Charlotte Best who
was wrongly convicted of murdering someone by setting a fire. She
spent 10 years in Jail and now released she discovers many things
about the area she grew up in. Ancient secrets curses, Tidelanders
(water people like mermaids who can live for 100s of years) and
Sirens. The other complication is her brother is mixed up in some
drug ring, this plot is not explored too much, but adds a side
wrinkle to the story.
big bad silliness is Elsa Pataky as Adrielle Cuthbert. She plays a
“Queen” of the Tidelanders hell bent on summoning the original
mother Sirens. Yes it is as crazy as it sounds, Elsa is a great
actress, I first saw her in El Arte De Morir AKA The Art of Dying,
she did a great job in that film, and I know she has it in her. This
was the perfect portrayal of an Ice Water princess! Elsa did the
dangerous icy stares and looked devilish most of the time, and her
time included killings and passion!
external scenes in Australia were shot with care and scope. I wish
more was shot in the ocean, but enough water was on the show and some
of the effects were pretty cool. By filming series such as Tidelands
in various locations they can, give the audience a sense of feel for
the town or parish they are in.
to classify the series style wise. Leaning towards mythological more
than crime drama, the series also has several action scenes, but not
over the top to detract from the story. The audience is brought into
the story, also through a seer, Queen Abrielle is able to look into
the future so some deft foreshadowing takes place.
Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report
readers. As most of my followers know, I research films and TV shows from all over the world looking for unique talent to spotlight and interview. Thanks to my buddy Ron Smoorenburg, who worked with Kelly
Tandiono on the new HBO Asia series 'Grisse' I connected and present
a brand new interview. Kelly chats about Grisse and some of her
modeling and hosting work on Asia Top Model.
DMR: Chat a bit about your childhood, and
your first jobs in modeling?
KT: As a child I have always been a Tomboy
I was very active and sporty. I even used to fight with boys but they
always end up running away because I was pretty good at fighting. I
never thought I would end up being a model nevertheless an actor. I
started my modeling career in Singapore while I was in University, initially as
a part time job. I didn’t know I was pretty good at it until I was
booked by Calvin Klein himself during a casting in Singapore for my
first runway as a model. Until one day when I graduated, I started to
travel around the world and started my career as a professional
DMR: Did you attend a modeling classes or
KT: I learned everything by doing,
though I wished that I did attend a modeling school. It would have
made my career progress even further.
DMR: How did you get cast in Asia's Next Top Model?
KT: It was very funny, I actually got a
message from Facebook telling me that they would like to meet with me
as a possibility to be a model mentor and judge on Asia’s next top
model season 4. I was pretty surprised and actually thought it was a
hoax but thankfully I replied, met the team and I got the job.
DMR: I watched a couple of episodes of the
show online, seems like in the Asia version the models are more
active, what are your thoughts about the show did you watch prior to
going on the show?
KT: I have to be honest, I don’t really
watch reality TV shows, but for this show, before I was offered the job to
be a model mentor on season 4, I actually casted for season 2 and
wanted to be part as a contestant confident enough I could win it but
I didn’t make the casting. I guess god had a bigger plan for me and
I’m very thankful for that. I believe this show gives the
contestant a chance to shine and proceed further on their career as a
DMR: Cool Story, I saw that the models had to do a lot
of sequences that involved some action did you discuss your ideas
with the producers since you were a mentor and judge on season 4.?
KT: Yes of course I did every episode we
would sit down and discuss with the team.
DMR: Speaking of Models and Supermodels,
please chat about the formation, ideas, and goals of the Supermodels
Project. What made you want to join, and or help form the project?
KT: Supermodels Project is a project that
came true for me as a model. I always had a dream of opening up my
own school so I could share my experience, knowledge and passion with
others. So I and another 3 Indonesian supermodels joined forces to
build a character building school that just opened up this April
2018. This school not only teaches modeling but also acting, public
speaking, sports, culture, nutrition and many more. For more
information you can check our website at www.supermodelsproject.com
or our instagram @supermodelsproject
DMR: On to Grisse, just watched the trailer
for HBO's Grisse, very cool looking series like a U.S. Western, can you discuss how you
auditioned and got the part on the show?
KT: My agent, Fly Entertains in Singapore
actually got this casting for me. I casted for this and met the
director Mike Wiluan and writer Rayya Makarim. I am very happy to
have met these talented people, and very fortunate chance to have the opportunity to work with
DMR: Chat about your Grisse character name
and brief description?
KT: My character name is Hidayat. Hidayat
is a quiet, abrasive and cautious lady, but can be very aggressive at
times. She possesses a masculine name and character as a result of
years pretending to be a boy to avoid unwanted attention. Her family
was murdered and evicted forcibly from their village. She had nowhere
to go but to join the rebels. In order for her to join she had to
maintain her guise as a boy to be allowed to fight, that is why she
has good fighting skills.
DMR: Chat about some of the action training
you had to do for the role.
KT: I always love training because this
makes you better and stronger. I would always come to the
choreography studio everyday to work out and bug my choreographer
Kazu and Eko to train me. I realized that martial art training makes
me happy and gets me in good mood even if I am always in a good mood.
I learned new techniques and even got the chance to work with Ron
Smoorenburg he has amazing moves though I got punched accidentally
during the take because my reaction was too slow. It was awesome!!!
DMR: Did you get to do any stunts, wire-work,
I did see that you had some fighting.
KT: For the fighting I did it myself but I
wish I did the slings and fire jumps but the production team had
stunts to do that as a lot of the moves are very dangerous and they
prohibit the cast to do so. Safety was their first priority.
DMR: I saw the listing is for HBO Asia only
and an 8 episode series are there any plans that you have heard of to
expand the series to more episodes and to the U.S. Eventually?
KT: I believe you can watch it on HBO GO,
HBO HD and HBO OD for US and Europe. For the second season that would
be up to infinite studios and HBO.
Above: Kelly in the Puma ad, please check out the one minute video, after reading the interview.
DMR: Speaking of training, I know you are a
brand ambassador for Puma and your commercials are really bad ass to
say the least, are you given the chance to have input on them? If so,
what were some of the ideas you discussed with the producers if not,
chat about concepts and how they were filmed like length of time to
film the commercials and shooting schedules etc...
KT: Yes usually we would have briefings. I
would usually give ideas such as the poses, photographer, make up and
DMR: That is very good being able to have creative input. I am curious about the Indonesian film
market in 2018 with the recent success of The Raid films and the
actors from the films enjoying some Worldwide spotlight how has it
helped the industry and has it helped newer actors get parts as well?
KT: ,Yes thankfully with movies like the Raid
it has helped the industry for Indonesian actors to be offered and be allowed a chance to play in a Hollywood Productionand not only that recently an
Indonesian film has been cooperating with Fox international
production and HBO.
DMR: Chat about your career path, After
Grisse do you have any new TV or film projects in the works?
KT: The project that I am working on right
now is an action movie Gundala an Indonesian superhero movie based on
a comic book. Directed by Joko Anwar a screenplay production.
DMR: Perhaps end the interview with some
advice to young models and actresses, just starting out in the
business. Is there anything you wish you had done at a younger age or
not done as a younger person in the business?
KT: I am actually very thankful to have
achieved a lot of things in life but the one thing that I would have
done earlier is to go to a film school. I am in the entertainment
industry but there are so many things and terms that I am still
unaware of so never stop learning, meet as many interesting and
inspiring individuals as possible, and don’t forget to dream. Dream
big and never lose hope, always remember dreams don’t work unless
Thanks Kelly! What an interview!
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