MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – REVIEWS

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events. MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs. Since its inception, MIFF has also been committed to local film: it is Australia's largest showcase of new Continue reading

FAR FROM MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Oelhoffen Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb. Far From Men is set in Algeria in 1954, a time of great unrest and violence as the war for independence from the French is beginning. Daru (played by Viggo Mortensen, from End Of Violence, Eastern Promises, etc) is a school teacher in a remote village. But he is charged with the task of escorting the dissident Mohamed (played by Reda Kateb, from A Prophet, Zero Dark Thirty, etc) to a regional police station to face a murder charge. The police have their hands full with the local Continue reading

LAST CAB TO DARWIN – interview with Jeremy Sims

by GREG KING Last Cab To Darwin is a fantastic new Australian feature film about a Broken Hill taxi driver (played by Michael Caton), dying of cancer, who drives all the way to Darwin to take advantage of the Northern Territory's euthanasia laws. The film also stars Jackie Weaver and Mark Coles Smith. Greg spoke to Jeremy Sims, the director and co-writer, to find out more about the film, which hits cinemas on August 6. http://www.mediafire.com/lis…/yxlrfxmykkycngc/200713_001.MP3   Continue reading

I AM BIG BIRD: THE CARROLL SPINNEY STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: David LaMattina and Chad N Walker. Big Bird is one of the most well known and popular characters on television, having been a fixture on Sesame Street for four decades. But despite a list of accolades that include a swag of Emmy and Grammy awards and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, little is known about Carroll Spinney, the man who has played the character for over forty years. Through a wealth archival footage, candid interviews with friends, family and colleagues such as Frank Oz, and Spinney himself, this warm and Continue reading

13 MINUTES

Reviewed by GREG KING Diretor: Oliver Hirschbiegel Stars: Christian Friedler, Katharina Schuttler, Burghart Klaussner, Johann von Bulow, Felix Eitner, Rudiger Klink. What if Hitler had been killed before World War Two? How would the world have been different? This provocative what if? question is the driving force behind this dramatised account of Georg Elser, a mild mannered pacifist and unlikely hero who tried to assassinate Hitler in 1939. Rogue Male, a 1977 made for television movie starring the late Peter O'Toole, also dealt with an assassination attempt Continue reading