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

LAST CAB TO DARWIN – interview with Jeremy Sims

by GREG KING Chances are actor Jeremy Sims is a familiar face to audiences through his television work, particularly the raunchy 1990s series Chances. But Sims is also a writer and director, who made his feature film directorial debut in 2006 with the powerful Last Train To Freo, depicting a rather tense train ride. Last Cab To Darwin is his third film as director. Last Cab To Darwin tells the story of a taxi driver from Broken Hill, diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, who in 1996 drove all the way to Darwin to try an take advantage of the new euthanasia laws Continue reading

FREEDOM STORIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Steve Thomas. Documentary filmmaker Steve Thomas has been interested in exploring the plight of refugees who have spent time in mandatory detention after arriving on Australia's shores by boat from war torn countries like Afghanistan or Iraq. His previous films include Hope, which followed Iraqi refugee Amal Basry, a survivor of the SIEV X disaster in which some 350 refugees drowned, and 2001's Welcome To Woomera, a look at the notorious detention centre in a remote and harsh location. It was there that he met a number of Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #139

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Mr. Holmes,’ ‘Self/less,’ ‘The Gallows,‘ and ‘Freedom Stories.’ This episode also contains interviews with Sir Ian McKellan, Ryan Reynolds, Sir Ben Kingsley, Cassidy Gifford, Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Steve Thomas (Freedom Stories), Carl Barron (Manny Lewis), Michael McIntyre (Aussie Rules The World), Fadia Aboud (Arab Film Festival) and Thomas Caldwell, the NextGen programmer for the Melbourne International Film Festival. Also make sure you listen this week to see Continue reading

DOWNRIVER – interview with Grant Scicluna

by GREG KING Downriver is the feature film debut for writer/director Grant Scicluna, whose short film The Wilding has received numerous awards. Downriver premiers at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Downriver screens at MIFF on Friday August 7 at the Forum at 9pm. Grant and some of the cast and crew will be attendance for a Q&A. Downriver also screens on August 12 at the Kino at 9.15pm and August 16 at the Kino at 4pm. Greg caught up with Grant to talk about the making of this dark and atmospheric Continue reading