TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Kent Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Hayley Atwell, Henry Garrett. Vera Brittain is one of the foremost figures of the pacifist movement of the twentieth century. Her views on the horrors of war and the waste of a generation of young men were formed and shaped by her experiences as a nurse at the front during some of the bloody battles of WWI. Her outspoken views though were not always readily welcomed by a public clamouring for retribution and Continue reading

BOYCHOIR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francois Girard Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing, Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger, Joe West. Mr Hoffman's opus? This feelgood coming of age drama about the battle of wills between a troubled young boy and a music teacher is another variation on the familiar underdog story. It is more in the vein of Mr Holland's Opus than last year's Whiplash. It also has overtones of Dead Poet's Society about it as it explores some wonderful life lessons. Written by Ben Ripley, who is better known for his science Continue reading

BOYCHOIR – interview with Francois Girard

  by GREG KING "I like music better than words when it comes to communicating emotions and depicting emotional landscapes. Music is a very powerful language in the hands of any filmmaker," says Canadian filmmaker Francois Girard, who is best known for his 1998 drama The Red Violin. His latest film is Boychoir, a fabulous feel good drama about the battle of wills between a troubled young boy and a music teacher. Boychoir centres around Stet (newcomer Garrett Wareing), a troubled and angry 11 year old who is sent to the American Boychoir Academy, where the Continue reading

ONE-EYED GIRL – interview with director Nick Matthews

by GREG KING Nick Matthews' critically acclaimed dark psychological thriller One-Eyed Girl will have its Melbourne premiere screening Thursday April 23 at 7pm at the Classic Cinema. Having won the Austin Film Festival's prestigious Dark Matters Best Picture Award, Nick Matthews debut film features first rate performances by Mark Leonard Winter (Healing) and Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays). A Q&A with the director Nick Matthews, producer David Ngo, and actors Craig Behenna and Mark Leonard Winter will follow the screening. To learn more about the film, Greg Continue reading

ARROWS OF THE THUNDER DRAGON – interview with Greg Sneddon

by GREG KING Former Buddhist monk-turned-filmmaker, Greg Sneddon will present his powerful debut feature film, Arrows Of The Thunder Dragon at special event screenings in cinemas around Australia from April 29 through to May 7. Filmed entirely on location in the magnificent Himalaya mountains, the actors are made up of local highland village people. Arrows Of The Thunder Dragon pays homage to the Bhutanese Olympic Archery Team and was inspired by the lives of local Olympic women's archery heroes, Sherab Zam and Tshering Chhoden. Greg Sneddon will be doing Q&As at Continue reading