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

JOYOUS CURIOSITY: THE CINEMA OF AGNES VARDA

by GREG KING In June, ACMI are holding a special retrospective on French filmmaker Agnes Varda, regarded as "the godmother of the new wave." Joyous Curiosity runs from Thursday 19 June - Sunday 13 July 2014 For over half a century Agnès Varda's presence in the world cinema landscape has remained vital; producing films that abound with curiosity and verve. Often referred to as the 'Godmother of the New Wave', she remains the sole female presence in a movement that redefined cinema. Her artistic endeavours pay witness to times of great social revolution, all the Continue reading

LITTLE BIG SHOTS FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – interview with festival director Ben Laden

by GREG KING Little Big Shots is turning 10 years old and to celebrate they are offering an amazing line up of award winning shorts (from 30 countries) made for kids, about kids and some even produced by kids. Some flicks have never been seen before and promise to pump up the wow factor for kids and adults of all ages. The Little Big Shots Film Festival now stands as Australia’s only major stand-alone kids’ film festival - a niche Australian event. With its focus on short films for kids plus plenty of competitions and opportunities for involvement, Little Big Shots Continue reading

SAMURAI CINEMA – interview with ACMI’s Richard Sowada

by GREG KING Samurai films are among the most influential in cinema, earning a place in the film canon. They include some of the most important films ever produced by some of the masters of the cinema. ACMI are holding a series of special screenings under the banner heading of Samurai Cinema: The Way of the Warrior.  Their unique styling and stunning big screen action remain endlessly enjoyable and gripping. In three chapters - Courage, Honour and Honesty - this season examines the nature of the Samurai film and its influence on contemporary cinema. To find out Continue reading