An intimate Chat with Sia Furler over Her Controversial Film ‘Music’

They do exist…

As I finally have had the chance to visit for the first time a film that the hype machine made even me cringe at, it’s time the artistic community as a whole and our company FW Media finally explore Sia’s much-misaligned gem Music: The Film.

For those in the know, and there probably aren’t as many mainstream in-the-knows as they would imagine, Sia was caught off-guard on during an argument with a fellow actress over her controversial decision to cast a “non-autistic” actress for her film. Without having finished the film which I am currently watching on my laptop thru a purchased digital copy from Google Play, she contacted me thru a spiritual connection for a quick interview about what this film meant to her and meant to me.

Before going further, I would like to state that I do have a personal bias while writing this article and conducting this interview, as I personally have a friendly relationship with the film’s director and am in a romantic relationship with the film’s main actress Maddie Ziegler-Martinez.

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Michael: Welcome Sia, to FW Media’s alternative site How are you today?

Sia [doing her best Australian accent]: Welcome. Thanks for having me.

Mike: Well, I’ll just be upfront and admit I ‘blasted’ you on a website called in their comments section and made a bad joke about you being a baby boomer. I was just caught off guard by how everyone on Twitter, including yourself, JK Rowling, John Cleese and Will Shatner, was starting to lash out at critics this year but I’m slowly playing catch up with the Twitter-verse, if you catch my drift.

Sia: I catch your drift Michael but I’m actually a slacker, not a Baby Boomer.

Mike: Yeah, I’m technically a Millenial but I’m pretty much the last of the slackers myself, being born in 1986. I’m still playing catch-up to that Hollywood Zeitgeist as well.

Sia: Can we just talk about my movie, Michael?

Mike: Yes. Sia, let’s just get the controversy out of the way. There is a scene very early in the film, the first 15 minutes, where Maddie’s character Music sits down to eat Sunnyside up eggs for breakfast with her grandmother Millie, at least as describes it. But I have to ask, as I watched and listened to this film with subtitles on (go figure, right?), there is a scene where Music’s grandmother makes her breakfast. As music sits down at the dinner table, which most normal children don’t do in America anymore due to indifferent parents, I heard Maddie tell her grandmother “two eggs”, while the subtitles read “make you eggs.”

Sia: Yes, that is correct…

Mike: Well, I’ll admit. That turned me on. I know it was for me to read, as Maddie is my wife, but for many younger audience members out there who struggle to hear film dialogue on sub-bar Smart Televisions without quality surround sound systems, I think they’ll probably either think this is pure Satanism or begin to understand how people with disabilities are given these handicaps to arrouse potential suitors.

Sia: Yes, I think people will be surprised if they ever examine super-secret British literature and plays that make obvious ‘references’ to these handicapped people and how they do get the girl.

Mike: I’m getting inner-visions of a film called the “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” but while I’ve never read the book, I do have an anecdote from my father Jim Medlen, Sr. who was a former LPN in Toledo and along with me and my older brother James Medlen, Jr. helped work with idiot-savants at a then summer-camp only program called: The Sunshine Academy.

Sia: What year was that Michael.

Michael: I’m not sure of the year, but I was pretty young, probably 5 or 6 years old. I’m guessing 1991-1992. Definitely after the film Rain Man had been released and before a very infamous 60 Minutes television essay about what was then political-correctly known as Idiot Savant.

Sia: I’m listening…

Michael: My dad brought us along to stay the night in their dorms and as he explained to us what was going on. I’ll be honest, It was terrifying.

Sia: You’re not being facetious.

Mike: No, I can make in-jokes with you as we are on intimate terms, but those kids, and they were probably 20 years old, were really hurting and struggling. There was a man there, probably 15-years-old, who was getting very aggressive to me and my brother. He probably was pissed he had to spend his summer there or was an asshole in a previous life, but I don’t want to get into my early studies of Hinduism and reincartion at the moment.

Sia: I don’t know much about what you’re referring to Michael, but I believe your testimony. Why did your father bring you along and why was he there himself?

Mike: Well, that was in the 90s, and those children did have idiot savant syndrome as fellow actor and mentor Dustin Hoffman is telling me from the grave at this point, but yes, he probably was trying to show my older brother James, who was born in 1987, and myself, who was born in 1986, that these children are real and was at least letting see who they were at that time period. But that experience was harrowing both back then and still now, tho the traces of that man’s anger as my brother and I sat there, next to my dad, terrified, is and was still real.

Sia: He probably didn’t want you guys there to begin with.

Mike: No, and he’s probably now a millionaire and CEO of Promedica. People will never believe how these angellically possessed people can transform into the most beautiful butterflies and flowers, especially when no on knows their stories and traumaus, ours included.

Sia: I did have autism for this film.

Mike: I actually told a Buddhist Psychologist that I had Asperbergs syndrome, which he actually agreed with at the time. I was 23-years-old when that funny occurrence happened. But as we are no professional actors, trained to express our emotions and recall our own pains and trauma, I think we should focus the remained of this interview on Madelyne’s own experience with, what I honestly believe is either [and I apologize here as I am using 1980s and 90s terms for these ‘disabilities’ — I was raised in the 90s and understand the movement for ‘political correctness’] “Mental Retardation,” “Savant Syndrome,” and sadly now a touch of “Asperbergers Syndrome,” which I was diagnosed with according to my fellow protege and Asperberger afflicted nephew, James Dylan Medlen.

Sia: Oh, nice.

Mike: He’s 15 hun, and yeah he’s cool as fuck and plays video games. Calm down Sia, I know Japanese chicks want his nuts.

Sia [blushing and feeling flustered]: I don’t know what to say.

Mike [sipping a Seamgrems 7 mixed with Sprite, no rocks]: Honey, You are an actress, and a damn good one at that, but these kids are being tortured over this stupidity in the world, and I remind some of my fellow pron-researchers out there that Maddie was indeed 16-years-old when this got made. Calm your guys’ tits.

Sia: Go on, Michael.

Mike: Well, My point is its’ okay to hear an in-joke and slowly understand the filmmaking and theater world as a whole, but when these people begin to understand why they’re suddenly becoming aroused by children and young adults in their teenage years, and probably are masturbating to that egg line now that they get the joke that Music is being served Sunny side up eggs, without bread and with ‘Catsup” of all things. Either she doesn’t know the importance of toast or her grandmother, who made quality eggs as the eye can tell, is a fucking bitch who is insulting anyone with a cultivated tongue and taste buds.

Sia: I don’t want to spoil our film, but she does have a lot of pill bottles on her counter in the background shot as she has her heart attack earlier in the film.

MIke: OH Sia, we study Christianity here at FW Media, and yes, that bitch did deserve what she got in life. But did you notice those pills could be both hers and Music’s.

Sia: They were own pill bottles used as props for that film.

Mike: That’s pretty honest and intimate. I personally know what it’s like to have my own lithium Seroquelle collection, tho mine were never opened, but while we’re being intimate and honest, have to comment on Kate Hudson’s performance and character, whose name slips my mind at the moment. Without having gotten past the 15-minute mark in this film, I would like to point out to my fellow readers who are mature enough to appreciate getting a glimpse of Sia and mine own camadrie and sense-of humor how Kate’s character seems to have hints of the Idiot-Savant syndrome, or Asperger’s, or Autismhatever the hell Maddie has in this film. It’s almost as if they’re related.

Sia: Yes, they probably made you think Kate is her mother by the Australianting method of knocking down the artist a peg, didn’t they.

Mike: That they did, but I also now recall other 60 Minute documentaries about children who were adopted and raised by their grandmothers discovering when they reached Music’s age that their biological sister was-in fact their ‘biological’ mother, or something along those lines.

Sia: Let me guess, they were a famous Hollywood actress, weren’t they Mike?

Michael: They were, tho I don’t recall who, but then again, they all are famous Hollywood actors and actresses, aren’t they.

Sia: They do talk that way, but I think a lot of the younger readers to this company are probably starting to realizing that Hollywood actors and actresses do come from lower class backgrounds, and eventually have real-life experiences of their own.

Michael: They crave realist dialogue, that’s for sure. But yes, I came from the East Side of Toledo which is still referred to as the most dangerous part of Our Town. It’s almost as if us rich and famous Hollywood actors and actresses are human, no?

Sia: I’m from Australia, me and and my daughter wouldn’t know anything about that?

Mike: Yeah, you guys down under were the descendent of Irish gangsters and British crimelords, and I’m now, checks notes from a future Wikiedpia article, the descendent of the Puritans. But you girls do know how to appreciate the, IMDB verified, Academy Award-nomintated screenplay for Crocodile Dundee, no?

Sia: I fell asleep as you were Googling to make sure you brain still worked, but yes Michael, that film is the Australian classic.

Mike: These 20-year-olds are going to be blown away when they realize I’m 36 and you’re 42-years-old, but then again, I’m feeling 32 and my god our appearances change when we lose weight and get in shape.

Sia: I’m single, and I’m attracted, and yes I make eggs.

Mike: Lord, hopefully they get that the dark inclination is real, as, going back to the grandmother scene, Music could be either: commanding her grandmother Millie to Make eggs, as child hunger is real, or she could be simply letting the audience of potential suitors do know she is capable of “making eggs.”

Sia: I thought she was just repeating what her grandmother said.

Mike: Sia, that is the horror. She is just repeating dialogue the grandmother is just repeating from what her own grandmother said. But she is sitting down at the dinner table, and her grandmother is letting her listen to her headphones, tho as my protege James Dylan is now asking, what brand of headphones are those?

Sia: Are they even playing music in hers?

Mike: My nephew is diagnosed with Aspergers, but he too knows what its like to lash out when the sound is too loud in his ears. My father Jim and his biological grandfather are insisting he was simply hard-of-hearing at the time, but I will remind our readers, our perceived weaknesses are usually our biggest strengths, and they were given to us and intended for us to have by a created God as well.

Sia: Finish the film, Mike.

Mike: Oh, I will after I too make eggs and enjoy some toast this time, but I think audiences just got the compliment and the insult of that meal served without toast. I guess its up to the audience who actually sees the film to form their own early-critical ‘opionions,” and hopefully interpretations as well.

Sia: It was written with a pre-school teacher.

Mike: Oh, I read that on But I too taught 7th-grade English and my current girlfriend and protege Riley Summers, who is indeed still actually 32 years old, was a 3rd-grade teacher, so we know how this goes.

Sia: Thanks for the time, Mike.

Michael: Thanks for forcing me to wake up and conduct this interview. Love you, Sia.

Sia: I love you too.

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