MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 REVIEWS

by GREG KING The Melbourne International Film Festival screens from July 28 through until August 14. There are some 300 features and documentaries screening, both local and international productions. The opening night film is The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom, starring Xavier Samuel, and the closing night film is David Mackenzie's contemporary western Hell Or High Water, starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Throughout the festival we will keep you up to date with reviews and interviews. ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 6, 2016 KILLING Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – REVIEWS

By GREG KING. Celebrating its 26th year in 2015, the Alliance Fran├žaise French Film Festival is a highly anticipated and extremely popular event on the Australian cultural calendar. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France. Over a period of eight weeks, a program consisting of blockbusters and independent films alike will screen at palace cinemas in eight cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Perth and Hobart. The festival also includes glamorous opening nights, Continue reading

MONSTERFEST 2014

by GREG KING. Monsterfest hits the cinema Nova on November 20, with an impressive line up of almost forty horror films from here and overseas. There are lots of special guests, including Ashley C Williams, the star of The Human Centipede; Bill Moseley from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; Canada's twisted twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska, who have two films in the festival this year; and Lloyd Kaufman, the legendary head of Troma Studios. The opening night film is Charlie's Farm, a slasher film from Queensland filmmaker Chris Sun. There are also five days of master Continue reading

RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – REVIEWS

by GREG KING The 11th Russian Resurrection Film Festival is screening around Australia throughout October and November. It screens in Melbourne at ACMI cinemas from November 13 through until November 23. There are a number of Australian premier screenings. The opening night film is the epic Vasilisa, a love story set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. There are also a number of retrospective screenings to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mosfilm Studios, including the Oscar winning Dersu Uzala and the 444 minute WWII epic Liberation. REVIEWS LAST UPDATED Continue reading

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014

by GREG KING. JIFF 2014 brings audiences new films from Israel and Jewish themed films, including award winning films from 43 major international festivals. JIFF is an opportunity to challenge our preconceived ideas on religion, politics, news. The opening night film is the drama Gett: The Trial Of Vivianne Amsalem, about the tribulations faced by a Jewish woman who wants to get a divorce. The film won the Best Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival. There are also a number of Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and special events exploring aspects of the Jewish Continue reading