LION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Garth Davis Stars: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawal, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Rooney Mara, Divian Ladwa. The moving Australian-produced drama Lion is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, a young Indian boy from a poor rural family who, the age of five, became separated from his older brother Guddu in his native village and who eventually found his way home a quarter of a century later. Saroo (played by newcomer Sunny Pawal) became lost on a train that carried him 1500 miles away from home to the alien environment and the Continue reading

ROSALIE BLUM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julien Rappeneau Stars: Noemie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Anemone, Alice Isaaz, Sara Girardeau, Camille Rutherford. Three lonely, introverted and shy characters form an emotional connection of sorts in a small provincial town in this light, whimsical and off beat romantic comedy from first time feature director Julien Rappeneau. The son of respected filmmaker Jean-Paul Rappeaneau (the Gerard Depardieu vehicle Cyrano De Bergerac, etc), Rappenaeau is better known as a writer of films like the hard hitting crime drama 36th Precinct, Continue reading

DANCER

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Steve Cantor. Lovers of classical ballet and dancing have been well served recently with a number of documentaries about famous choreographers and dancers, and there is the wonderful animated film Ballerina due to hit cinemas shortly. In the meantime we have this documentary about Ukraine-born ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, a prodigiously talented dancer who was at one stage hailed as "the new Nureyev." This profile from director Steven Cantor (Chasing Tyson, etc) follows Sergei's career and unfolds in largely Continue reading

SNOW MONKEY – interview with Hellen Rose

by GREG KING Australian filmmaker George Gittoes has travelled to many dangerous places to make his documentaries about war and its aftermath. Snow Monkey was filmed in Jalalabad in Afghanistan where Gittoes and his Yellow House Collective worked with a number of street kids to make a movie about their lives. It has travelled well on the festival circuit, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane. Greg spoke to Gittoes' partner and music producer Hellen Rose about working with these young street wise kids and some of the Continue reading

RUIN – Amiel Courtin-Wilson interview

by GREG KING Australian filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson's latest film Ruin has travelled well on the film festival circuit since it premiered at Venice in 2013. The film is a lovers on the run drama shot in Cambodia. There are a series of event screenings and Q&A screenings of Ruin around the country in late November and early December, including a couple of screenings at ACMI here in Melbourne on November 26 and December 3. Greg spoke to Amiel about the challenges of shooting in Cambodia and about the film's journey to the Continue reading