Episode 130: ‘The Vanishing’ with Essie Davis

Episode 130

30th April 2020

Actor Essie Davis (‘The Babadook, ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’) joins April to discuss 1988’s ‘The Vanishing,’ forming a punk band for her new film ‘The True History of the Kelly Gang,’ and figuring out what her characters are thinking.

Episode notes

A film still from 'The Vanishing' (1988). A young man and woman (Gene Bervoets and Johanna ter Steege) sit quietly in a car

The Vanishing

A truly monumental episode. The Essie Davis calls in all the way from Tasmania. You know her from The Babadook, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and her latest The True History of the Kelly Gang. She is a treasure, and she’s on the show today to discuss the 1988 creep fest, The Vanishing. Essie divulges her innermost beliefs on the craft of acting and being able to know the thoughts of a character. She reveals that while working on The True History of the Kelly Gang, she and her co-stars were directed to form a punk band and actually play a show (the band’s name is Fleshlight, if you were wondering). But she also talks about the importance of studying and learning how to be a better actor. This is such a phenomenal and enlightening episode.

You can watch The True History of the Kelly Gang on VOD or if you live in LA you can catch it at the Mission Tiki Drive-In.

If you haven’t seen The Vanishing…it’s spooky!

AND, if you want to check out April’s Staff Pick – watch Bette Gordon’s Variety

With April Wolfe and Essie Davis

In this episode...


  • Essie Davis

About the show

Switchblade Sisters is a podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week, screenwriter and former film critic April Wolfe sits down with a phenomenal female film-maker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie – horror, exploitation, sci-fi and many others! Along the way, they cover craft, the state of the industry, how films get made, and more. Mothers, lock up your sons, the Switchblade Sisters are coming!

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