28 episodes

The Betoota Advocate presents a chat show about the films you love. Join the movie maestro Alexei Toliopoulos in ‘The Last Video Store’ - located in the outback town of Betoota. Its a special hub of culture and memories with every single movie ever made lining its infinite shelves. Alexei talks with a guest about their most cherished cinematic selections, before he sends them of with a bespoke film recommendation based on their taste.

The rental combo is:
1 x New Release
2 x Weeklies
1 x Staff Pick



Follow us on Instagram @lastvideostorebetoota

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 374 Ratings

The Betoota Advocate presents a chat show about the films you love. Join the movie maestro Alexei Toliopoulos in ‘The Last Video Store’ - located in the outback town of Betoota. Its a special hub of culture and memories with every single movie ever made lining its infinite shelves. Alexei talks with a guest about their most cherished cinematic selections, before he sends them of with a bespoke film recommendation based on their taste.

The rental combo is:
1 x New Release
2 x Weeklies
1 x Staff Pick



Follow us on Instagram @lastvideostorebetoota

    BIRDEATER directors Jack Clark & Jim Weir

    BIRDEATER directors Jack Clark & Jim Weir

    The filmmakers behind the hottest Australian indie directorial debut in years BIRDEATER jump into the Last Video Store to discuss their film and two other favourites with Alexei Toliopoulos. In cinemas now, BIRDEATER explores modern Australian masculinity when a bride-to-be is invited to her fiancé’s bachelor party, but when uncomfortable details of their relationship are exposed, the night takes a feral turn.
    Watch the episode on YOUTUBE
    Follow ALEXEI TOLIOPOULOS on Letterboxd for all the rental combo lists. Here’s Jack & Jim’s combo list.
    Music & sounds by Rowan Dix
    Produced & Edited by Alex Jae and Xanon Murphy 
    Art by Hollow Bones Studio 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 58 min
    Jenny Tian, star of TASKMASTER AU and Former President of Her University Film Society

    Jenny Tian, star of TASKMASTER AU and Former President of Her University Film Society

    Before she was killing it on the new season of Taskmaster Australia, Jenny Tian was already a comedic sensation on stage and online. Just before she jumps off to tour her stand-up comedy show at THE EDINBURGH FRINGE she hopped into the Last Video Store to talk about her favourite films and reminisce on her time at the top of her university’s film society. 
    Follow ALEXEI TOLIOPOULOS on Letterboxd for all the rental combo lists. Jenny’s list on Letterboxd here. 
    Music & sounds by Rowan Dix
    Produced & Edited by Alex Jae and Xanon Murphy 
    Art by Hollow Bones Studio 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 52 min
    Ti West, director of MAXXXINE, PEARL and X

    Ti West, director of MAXXXINE, PEARL and X

    Horror filmmaker Ti West sits down with Alexei for a short sharp bonus chat in the lead up to his new film MaXXXine, the third in a trilogy of horror films starring Mia Goth. One of the key settings of his latest film is a dank 1980s horror/porno video store, so we had to jump over to Ti for a catch-up about it all. Follow ALEXEI TOLIOPOULOS on Letterboxd for all the rental combo lists. 
    Music & sounds by Rowan Dix
    Produced & Edited by Alex Jae and Xanon Murphy 
    Art by Hollow Bones Studio 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 13 min
    Marc Fennell, STUFF THE BRITISH STOLE & Formerly ‘THAT MOVIE GUY’

    Marc Fennell, STUFF THE BRITISH STOLE & Formerly ‘THAT MOVIE GUY’

    In an historic meeting of the minds, Walkley-winning journalist and documentary maker Marc Fennell steps into The Last Video Store. With season 2 of Marc’s factual tv show STUFF THE BRITISH STOLE currently airing, we asked him to get back to his roots of film criticism to talk about some of his favourite films with Alexei. 
    Watch the full episode on YOUTUBE
    Follow ALEXEI TOLIOPOULOS on Letterboxd for all the rental combo lists. Here’s Marc Fennell’s film combo on Letterboxd. 
    Music & sounds by Rowan Dix
    Produced & Edited by Alex Jae and Xanon Murphy 
    Art by Hollow Bones Studio 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Rachel House, Director of THE MOUNTAIN and Star of HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

    Rachel House, Director of THE MOUNTAIN and Star of HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

    One of Aotearoa’s most celebrated actors, Rachel House (HEARTBREAK HIGH, MOANA) joins Alexei to talk about her directorial debut THE MOUNTAIN. A heartfelt NZ family adventure about three children on a mission to find healing under the watchful eye of Taranaki Maunga (Mountain), and discover the magic of friendship along the way. Coming-of-age cinema informs the combo today so think about the films that made you fall in love with movies when you pop this in your eyes and ears. 
    Watch the FULL EP ON YOUTUBE
    Follow ALEXEI TOLIOPOULOS on Letterboxd for all the rental combo lists. Here’s Rachel’s combo on Letterboxd. 
    Music & sounds by Rowan Dix
    Produced & Edited by Alex Jae and Xanon Murphy 
    Art by Hollow Bones Studio 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 42 min
    Aaron Gocs, comedian and star of THE EMU WAR

    Aaron Gocs, comedian and star of THE EMU WAR

    A much-treasured star of the Australian comedy scene, Aaron Gocs is bloody electric on screen. Catch him and a bunch of your favourite Australian comedians in THE EMU WAR, screening all around Australia this weekend (FIND A CINEMA NEAR YOU HERE). The Emu War gave me some of the most fun I’ve ever had in the cinema. Huge and powerful grubby laughs. You have to see it. 
    Gocsy is one of Alexei’s oldest mates in comedy, so he knows the fellas taste damn well. Might actually nail the recommendation on this one. 
    Follow ALEXEI TOLIOPOULOS on Letterboxd for all the rental combo lists. Here’s Gocsy’s list. 
    Music & sounds by Rowan Dix
    Produced & Edited by Alex Jae and Xanon Murphy 
    Art by Hollow Bones Studio 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

Dapper Dan95 ,

Great movie podcast

Don't know why it's taken me so long to leave a review because this has been an instant favourite of mine! Alexei is just so effortlesssly charming and is one of the greatest film thinkers of their generation.

Would love a staff pick when you can. Recent release would be Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Amonst Thieves, and two weeklies would be Greta Gerwig's Little Women and Everybody Wants Some!!

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. ,

Near, far, where's the VCR?

Alexei may sound like a proud Greek cinephile but I'd recognise that voice anywhere as the Korean mother of 7 who ran off with her lamaze conducter. Come home, honey. Dinner won't cook itself and young Kim is huffing glue again. In the meantime, I'll take an overnight rental of Weird: The Al Yankovic story and our usual weeklys of Midnight Run and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Warpstone ,

Unique Interview Show

I love the format of this podcast. Alexei is a great interviewer and an interesting collection of guests.

1 x New Release
Civil War
2 x Weeklies
Michael Clayton
Akira

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