We’re a knowledgeable lot here at STACK HQ, having been at the forefront of the home entertainment industry since the ancient days of VHS, audio cassettes, celluloid film, and the Sega Megadrive. The team behind the long-running industry trade publication ScreenPrint and one of Australia’s only retail DVD magazines, REGION 4, is the same one that brings you STACK, and that means decades of experience and an ongoing commitment to keeping you informed and entertained. With a passionate and dedicated crew comprising movie buffs, gamers, TV addicts, music connoisseurs and cinemagoers, we’re doing what we love, and hope you love what we’re doing.
Paul Jones Editor-in-Chief
Banned from watching Disney films as a kid by his father, Paul was raised on a diet of Sam Peckinpah, John Ford and Stanley Kubrick. An obsession with music developed before he could talk, and he spent far too much of his youth thumping buttons in video game arcades.
Scott Hocking Film Editor
An irrepressible and iconic presence in the home entertainment industry for decades, Scott grew up on a diet of horror, exploitation, and seventies’ classics at the drive-in. A reclusive genius, he has also travelled extensively and now resides in an undisclosed location somewhere in Australia. That’s him on the right.
Zoë Radas Music Editor
Zoë is a music, film and pop-culture journalist who likes skipping rope. She doesn’t have a definitive mental list of all her interview subjects, but usually remembers to mention Ralph Fiennes and Peaches.
Sally Carlier-Hull Digital Communications Manager
Sally is an old-school raver who’s been crazy about film since E.T. first phoned her home in 1982. With over 15 years of bristling experience in the Australian home entertainment industry, she uses words like ‘SEO’, ‘PPC’, ‘Reach’ and ‘Organic’ to sound clever.
Alesha Kolbe Staff Writer
Alesha enjoys long walks on Zanzibar beach, holidays to the College of Winterhold, and hopes to one day be the very best, like no one ever was. She’s not afraid to check out a comic or twelve, and will happily spend her weekends marathoning LotR or Fast and Furious, given the chance.
Bob Jones Features Writer
Bob J is STACK‘s resident expert on film history. Based in the UK, he has been contributing film editorial for publications since the early ’70s. Every month, Bob J scours his vast library of film literature to select quiz questions that can’t be easily found using a search engine.
Gill Pringle Contributing Writer
Born in Liverpool, trained in London media, Gill Pringle landed in Los Angeles 20 years ago where she has interviewed every household Hollywood name, including Australia’s most shiny stars. A consummate interrogator, she believes STACK readers should be spared from hearing about anyone’s craft. She is banned from interviewing Sandra Bullock.
Adam Colby Online Writer
Long time journalist and STACK contributor, Adam loves it all. Movies, music, games and TV, Adam has been involved in the entertainment industry for longer than he can remember.
Jeff Jenkins Music Writer
Despite being old enough to know better, Jeff writes about music for a living. He has written books including ’50 Years Of Rock In Australia’, ‘Ego Is Not A Dirty Word: The Skyhooks Story’ and ‘The Never, Um, Ending Story’ with Molly Meldrum, about the latter’s life. He is a regular on ABC radio.
Billy Pinnell Music Writer
Billy Pinnell is a radio broadcaster for 3AW, 6PR and 3RRR, as well as being a music writer and fan. He is passionate about exposing the music he loves through his reviews for STACK and in his iTunes podcast THE MUSIC SHOW. He’s also a virtuoso (untrained) of the spoons, tambourine and maracas, and hates anyone who reminds him that between 1970 and 1977 Collingwood contested five grand finals and won none of them.
Tim Lambert Music Writer
Tim is a JB Hi-Fi ambassador and music man about town. He has numerous international festivals up his sleeve (Glastonbury, Scotland’s T in the Park, UK’s Sweatfest, UK’s The Big Chill, Barcelona’s Primavera) including a couple Coachellas.
Zac Cooper Live Music Writer
Zac is an obsessive crate-digger and archiver. You can find him playing in synth/smut band Concentration, hosting PBS’ new experimental show “World of Echo” and Poncho’s “At the Music”, and organising the monthly experimental electronic night “Future Days”.
Rowan MacDonald Live Music Writer
When not soaking up the sounds of the Tasmanian music scene, Rowan can be found behind his drumkit or studying at UTAS. He rates meeting Lenny Kravitz and catching The Cure in Canada as gig highlights.
Stephen Munchenberg Live Music Writer
Stephen is an avid concert-goer with hundreds of sweaty gigs under his belt. His most memorable concert moments include having Eels singer Mark Everett sit next to him for a harmonica solo during the band’s opening song; being dazzled by Radiohead’s prowess on the OK Computer tour; witnessing Muse play a small pub gig in Adelaide in 2000; and defying an immense hangover to attend an early Shins gig.
GigPig Finalist Music Writer
Our fresh sty of live music writers are heading to every corner of the country to bring you their opinions on the best live gigs in the land.
Chris Murray Film + Music Writer
Chris Murray has edited magazines (Playboy, Empire), has written for many other magazines, (Rolling Stone, Kerrang!, The Walkely, Top Gear, Mojo, FHM etc), has dabbled in film/TV production and advertising and was the creative director for the biggest film-event entity in Australia (Popcorn Taxi).
Ryan Huff Contributing Writer
Pop culture has been a part of Ryan’s life since before he can remember, although photographic evidence would suggest it was since the 12th of December when he dressed as He-Man for an end of year school parade. He is also entirely flummoxed that STACK hasn’t realised that he’s a complete hack.
Simon Lukic Music Writer
Simon has been under the spell of heavy metal since the age of 13. Three decades in and nothing seems to have changed; he continues his search for the best the genre has to offer.
Gareth Thompson Online Writer
Gareth studied journalism in London. He later worked as a researcher for trade mag Music Week, also compiling wacky charts for the likes of Underground and Kerrang! He co-edited the anarchic fanzine Overall (There Is A Smell Of Fried Onions) and has had three young adult books published by Random House.
Judy Ewens Online Writer
After starting out as a newspaper reporter, Judy has specialised in film and TV for nearly 30 years and has interviewed celebrities ranging from Barry Humphries to Christopher Walken. She has worked on magazines including Video Week, Film&TV Week and Radio Times and is currently a freelance writer for, among others, TV Times and TV & Satellite Week.
Tayla Galvin Live Music Writer
Other than being an aspiring music journalist, Tayla is a business and entertainment student at the JMC Academy in Brisbane. When she’s not binge watching TV series, she spends most of her time looking for new tunes, going to gigs and indulging on some good Aussie beer. Note: Just because there’s wine in her glass, doesn’t mean she spent more than $6.
Holly Pereira Music Writer
Holly is a psychology graduate turned music industry go-getter and someone you’ll always find in the front of a crowd. Instantly recognisable from her signature glasses and interpretative dance moves, Holly likes to describe herself as Melbourne’s most dependable gig buddy.
Christo Music Writer
Chris lives his life to a soundtrack, with a guitar, and sometimes forgets he’s humming it out loud. Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin are favourites but he’s always got an open ear to beauty. He also loves Los Angeles, Winter and the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. He remains a Londoner at heart. He is a neophyte podcaster Inside the Heliosphere and thinks that the secret to life is momentum.