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 Rolfeā€™s The Hero of the Dardanelles, his 1915 drama about Gallipoli, Continue reading

MELBOURNE CINEMATHEQUE 2015 SEASON – interview with Michael Koller

by GREG KING The 2015 season of Melbourne Cinematheque launches on February 11 with a season of films from acclaimed director Michael Antonioni. Melbourne Cineamtheque screens at ACMI every Wednesday with films from many international auteurs, including Jean-Pierre Melville and Paul Thomas Anderson, and some classic films starring the incomparable Ingrid Bergman. To find out more about the 2015 program, Greg spoke to Michael Koller, the program director of the Melbourne Cinematheque. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/htvn5bve8h4o8r0/200116_001.MP3 Continue reading

THE SALVATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kristian Levring Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eva Green, Jonathan Pryce, Mikael Persbrandt, Douglas Henshall, Alexander Arnold, Eric Cantona, Michael Raymond-James, Nanna Oland Fabricious, Toke Lars Bjarkel. Just as the late great Sergio Leone reinvigorated the moribund western with his series of spaghetti westerns in the 60s, so too does this bloody Danish film breathe new life into the genre that seems to have fallen out of favour with audiences. This violent and blood soaked tale of greed, suffering, revenge and Continue reading

WATERMARK – interview with director Jennifer Baichwal

by GREG KING Watermark is a new documentary about water as a vital resource, and about how water resources are affected by pollution and climate change. Spanning great waterways alongside man-made interventions, Watermark begs the question, how does water shape us and how do we shape water? With stunning big-screen imagery, the film pays witness to spiritual gatherings on the mighty Ganges, the untouched majesty of Northern British Columbia and the incomprehensible industrial might of the Xiluodu Dam in China. Journeying across the globe, the environmental message Continue reading

MICHAEL ALTMAN interview

by GREG KING The Sydney Film Festival is screening a series of films by legendary maverick director the late, great Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, etc). Michael Altman, eldest son of the legendary film director will be attending the festival to participate in some Q&As following screenings of some of his father's films. One June 10, Altman will appear live at ACMI to take us on a very special filmic journey. He will introduce a special collection of rare footage from the family archive, including home movies, behind-the-scenes and on location footage, screen tests and Continue reading