ACMI SUMMER FILMS – interview with curator Kristy Matheson

by GREG KING Over the summer months, ACMI are having a special series of screenings of handpicked films, documentaries that explore the spectrum of art, music and sport. Greg spoke to ACMI programmer Kristy Matheson to find out more about what's on offer. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/khr60hwvt9w2o93/201122_002.MP3 Continue reading

BLACKBIRD – interview with Amie Batalibasi

by GREG KING Blackbird is a short film that explores the untold history of Australia's sugar slaves, and will screen at ACMI on December 5 and December 12 as part of the VCA Graduate Screenings. The director is Amie Batalibasi, a Solomon Island filmmaker, for whom the story has a deeply personal connection. Greg spoke to Amie to find out more about the challenges of shooting this narrative short in Mackay with non-professional actors. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/rnpj5xb0n6xec73/201112_001.MP3 Continue reading

RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – interview with Nicholas Maksymow

by GREG KING The 12th annual Russian Resurrection Film Festival is screening around the country from October. This year the festival celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with a retrospective screening of 6 classic Russian war films. To find out more about the lineup of films Greg spoke to festival director Nicholas Maksymow. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/sf9w6z71nmsdmil/201015_004.MP3 Continue reading

A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roy Andersson Stars: Holger Anderson, Nisse Vestblom, Viktor Gyllenberg. This is Swedish director Roy Andersson's first film in seven years, but it comes with a hefty reputation and lots of critical acclaim, having won the Golden Lion at last year's Venice Film Festival. It concludes his so-called Living Trilogy which included Songs From The Second Floor and You The Living. Here Andersson examines the despair and horror of the human condition in droll and surreal fashion. The film mainly follows Sam and Jonathan, a pair of sad Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2015 – interview with festival director Malcolm Turner

by GREG KING The Melbourne International Animation Festival celebrates 100 years of animation in Australia. MIAF runs from June 21 - June 28, with lots of fantastic animation from around the world. There are lots of special guests and forums as well. It screens at ACMI, with discussions taking place at the State Library of Victoria, and several kids programs at the Library At The Docks. Greg speaks to MIAF director Malcolm Turner to learn more. http://www.mediafire.com/lis…/a9bo7fvv7sr0luy/200528_002.MP3   Continue reading