MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 REVIEWS

ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED JULY 27, 2016 EMO THE MUSICAL. A "science-educated, sex addicted atheist", Ethan (Benson Jack Anthony, who plays Erik Thompson's son in hit tv series 800 Words, etc) has been expelled from his previous school after a failed suicide attempt. When he arrives at his new school he initially has trouble fitting in and being accepted because of his emo image. But when he joins Your Worst Enemy, an emo band at school, things start to look up. Bradley (Rahart Adams) wants to win an upcoming school bands competition so they can win a Continue reading

THE FAMILY (MIFF 2016) – interview with Rosie Jones

by GREG KING The Family explores the history of the strange abusive sect established by former yoga teacher Anna Hamilton-Byrne in Ferny Creek in the 1960s, and which flourished at a property in picturesque Lake Eildon in the late 1960s. In this comprehensive documentary director Rosie Jones gives us some chilling insights into the sect. As part of our MIFF 2016 coverage, Greg spoke to Rosie about the challenges of putting together this documentary. The Family screens at Melbourne International Film Festival - Sat July 30 at 4 pm @ The Forum, Wed Aug 3 at 6.30pm Continue reading

EMBRACE – interview with Taryn Brumfitt

by GREG KING Embrace is a new Australian documentary that looks at the issue of body image. It is the debut film for former photographer Taryn Brumfitt, who has spent two years working on the film. Greg caught up with Taryn to learn about some of the challenges in putting the film together. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/xa2unjko6o5wcg7/210706_001.MP3 Continue reading

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Kent Jones. In 1962 French filmmaker and auteur Francois Truffaut flew to Hollywood and sat down with legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, the "master of suspense", for a series of extensive interviews. A former film critic for the influential French journal Cahiers du Cinema, Truffaut had just begun to make his mark as a director himself with his breakout films The 400 Blows and Jules Et Jim. Truffaut and other major French filmmakers respected Hitchcock and his body of work and regarded him as a true cinematic artist. Continue reading

A BILLION LIVES – interview with director Aaron Biebert

by GREG KING In his documentary A Billion Lives, filmmaker Aaron Biebert looks at the phenomenon of e-cigarettes, or “vaping” –  which health advocates say is much healthier than smoking tobacco. However, vaping has been banned in several jurisdictions, which Biebert asserts is due to pressure and misinformation from the tobacco industry. Greg caught up with director Aaron Biebert in Milwaukee to find out more about this documentary that delivers a few inconvenient truths. A Billion Lives screens as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival over the weekend of Continue reading