THE FAMILY

by GREG KING Documentary Director: Rosie Jones   Rosie Jones previously gave us the documentary The Triangle Wars, about a people powered community protest over a proposed development in the suburb of St Kilda. Her latest film is a vastly different offering. It 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 an investigative report, 60 Minutes described Hamilton-Byrne as “the embodiment Continue reading

THE FAMILY – 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 the cinema Nova from February 23. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/f4d7xtrui3jya73/210708_001.MP3 Continue reading

THE COMING WAR ON CHINA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: John Pilger. It was Napoleon who, two hundred years ago, called China a sleeping giant and warned of the consequences when she awoke. Since the fall of communism after the death of Chairman Mao, China has emerged as an economic superpower and its influence and wealth is somehow seen by America as both a challenge and a threat. There has been an aggressive build-up of US military strength in the Pacific, and a lot of its nuclear arsenal is aimed at China. Veteran journalist and seasoned filmmaker John Pilger Continue reading

ACMI SUMMER PROGRAM OF DOCUMENTARIES – interview with James Hewison, ACMI’s head of film programming

by GREG KING This February ACMI Cinemas are screening three new documentaries. Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story Of Death By Audio looks at the iconic New York warehouse that became a live music/art space until it was sold to a multi-media company and was forced to close. After more than 1800 shows, the iconic venue closed its doors for the final time in 2015. Also on the program is Werner Herzog’s look at the wonders of the internet with his esoteric Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World. And finally, Cameraperson is an intimate exploration of the remarkable 25 Continue reading

THE COMING WAR ON CHINA – interview with John Pilger

by GREG KING The Coming War On China is a provocative and eye-opening documentary from journalist and filmmaker John Pilger that looks at the build-up of American forces in the Pacific and the increasing tensions between the US and China. Given recent events in the US and the election of President Trump, it seems that the film is quite prescient in its warnings. Greg spoke to John Pilger about the making of the film, his 60th. http://www.mediafire.com/file/dd7l561lp12rbf5/220125_002.MP3 Continue reading