iTalk movies is a long-form interview series featuring leading members of the film community. In this episode, our host Ben Bateman interviews Richie Gray from Sugar Mountain on the Popcorn Talk Network.
Raised in Melbourne, Australia, Gray at age 15 began making short films and working in movie theaters in towns including Forest Hill and Chadstone, Victoria, eventually moving up to projectionist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in film from The University of Melbourne‘s Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television in 2003.
After writing the script for the romantic drama Summer Coda in 2004, he spend six years developing and seeking financing for the feature while working in television, including producing and directing the Lifestyle Channel cooking show Stefano’s Cooking Paradiso, starring Stefano de Pieri. In 2005, the script was runner-up in the reality-television screenwriting competition Project Greenlight Australia. He eventually completed Summer Coda, which was released theatrically in 2010, and has gone on to make four additional features, primarily thrillers, through 2016.
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