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

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 Agn├Ęs 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