THE FAMILY FANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Bateman Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Chernus, Harris Yulin, Josh Pais, Jason Butler Harner, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Linda Edmond, Jack McCarthy, Kyle Donnery, Taylor Rose. This was one of two films I saw at MIFF about unorthodox, dysfunctional and troubled families - the other was Captain Fantastic, which boasted an impressive performance from Viggo Mortensen. The Family Fang is a quirky comedy about an eccentric family. Based on the 2011 novel written by Continue reading

MAHANA – interview with Lee Tamahori

by GREG KING Mahana is a powerful new period drama from New Zealand exploring themes of masculinity, Maori identity and pride. It is the new film from New Zealand director Lee Tamahori, best known for the powerful Once Were Warriors. It is his first film shot in New Zealand after nearly two decades working abroad on big budget action films like Die Another Day, etc. Greg spoke to Lee about the film, which reunites him with actor Temuera Morrison. Twenty years ago Lee Tamahori gave us one of the best films to come out of New Zealand with Once Were Warriors, an Continue reading

HALF – interview with writer Stephanie Skinner

by GREG KING The short film Half is screening at QV on Friday December 9 as part of the Made In Melbourne Film Festival. The film is a very personal one for writer Stephanie Skinner and her family.  Half was developed as part of the First Nations Script to Screen Initiative to give voice to the under-represented indigenous filmic presence in the Kulin Nation. Greg spoke to Stephanie about the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/215z2141terncun/211118_002.MP3   Continue reading

INNUENDO – interview with Saara Lamberg

by GREG KING Saara Lamberg is an actress and director with five short films to her credit. She has completed the dark psychological Innuendo, her debut feature film, which she has written and directed, and also stars in. The film is screening at the opening night of the 2016 Made In Melbourne Film Festival on Thursday December 8 at the Como Cinema. Saara also directed the short film Half, which is screening at QV on Friday December 9. Greg chatted with Saara about her two films screening at Made In Melbourne Film Continue reading

THE MENKOFF METHOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Parker Stars: Noah Taylor, Lachlan Woods, Jessica Clarke, Robert Taylor, Malcolm Kennard, Catherine McClements, Olga Makeeva, David Whiteley, Andy Ryan, John Brumpton. Cinematographer David Parker has, with his wife writer/director Nadia Tass, created some of the best Australian comedies, with the classic Malcolm and The Big Steal. But when branching out as a filmmaker on his own the results have been a little less spectacular. With The Menkoff Method Parker steps back into the director's chair for the first time since 1997's Continue reading