In conversation with comedy/performance director Dean Friske (said like whiskey).
Q. Are you a “phone thrower” or a “can’t look people in the eye” type of director?
A. I’m neither. As long as no-one’s getting laughed at, I’m up for having fun and getting the job done (except for Dave. You can laugh at him all you want).
Q. I hear Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh writes, directs, photographs and edits his films. Do you do anything else or are you just a director?
A. I write, direct and edit or am equally happy “just” directing.
Q. Notable clients?
A. CommBank, Fox Sports, Foxtel, Hyundai, IGA, Mitre 10, Nissan, Taubmans, Westpac, Woolworths, Wallet Wizard, Yahoo.
Q. What work of yours always gets comments?
A. “The film that broke the Internet’s heart” – that’s what The Daily Mail in the UK called a short I made for Jeans for Genes. It’s a tear-jerker that got 1 million unpaid views in just 72 hours and has now been seen by over 20 million. Just shows, if you can do comedy, you can do anything.
Q. Worst situation you’ve ever been in?
A. To celebrate turning 30, I rode naked from my house in Newtown to the city in peak hour morning traffic. “What will u do when u r 30” was written on my back/arse. Sure, I got a lot of wolf whistles, but at the Opera House, where my friends had organised a picnic breakfast, my support car was nowhere to be seen. It was caught in said traffic. Nothing like A-frame hugging old friends and a few random parents. Like, who does that? “Hey Mum, my mate’s doing a nude ride, wanna come along?” Just weird.