AUSTRALIANS AT WAR 1914-1918 @ ACMI – interview with curator Fiona Trigg

by GREG KING What did Australians go to see at their local cinema during the First World War? Cinema was very popular, and approximately 65,000 people would visit the cinemas on a Saturday night back then. ACMI,in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archives, has opened its vaults to answer this question. The exhibition features shorts, newsreels, propaganda and feature films, as well as footage of the training, departure and return of Australian troops. Of particular interest is Alfred Rolfe’s The Hero of the Dardanelles, his 1915 drama about Gallipoli, Continue reading

THE DREAM CHILDREN – interview with Chris Pender

by GREG KING Australian film The Dream Children, about a gay couple wanting to adopt a child and the unexpected repercussions of that decision, has its world premier at ACMI as part of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, this Tuesday March 24. To find out more Greg spoke to Chris Pender, who is one of the stars of the film as well as a producer and assistant director. Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Mir Stars: Carl Baron, Leeanna Walsman, Roy Billing, Damien Garvey, Simon Westaway, Vincent Andriano. Two films with similar themes hit local cinema screens this week. One of them was Top Five, Chris Rock's semi-autobiographical and introspective comedy about a comedian trying to be taken seriously. The other is Manny Lewis, a surprisingly dull local production written by and starring comedian Carl Barron, a popular fixture on the stand up circuit and television, which is also an introspective look at the sad and troubled Continue reading


This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Kidnapping Mr Heinekken,’ ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Homesman,’ ‘Top Five,’ ‘Manny Lewis,’  and ‘Chappie′ . This episode also contains interviews with Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Kevin Hart, Rosario Dawson, Neill Blomkamp, Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley and Sigourney Weaver. We also chat to Eddie Tamir about the Holocaust Film Series and to The Young At Heart Film Festival director Mathieu Ravier. To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Continue reading


  by GREG KING. The Transitions Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing inspirational documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change-makers that are leading the way to a better world. The Transitions Film Festival returns to Melbourne this February, with an expanded program of world-changing documentaries. The Festival kicks off on Friday 13th February with an open air screening of Inside Out :The People's Art Project at Testing Grounds and runs until the first week of March. The program features a Continue reading