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


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


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


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


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Andrew Wight, John Bruno, Ray Quint. Filmmaker James Cameron embarks on his own personal voyage to the bottom of the sea in this documentary that records his 2012 dive to the Challenger Deep, some 36,000 feet below sea level. But Deepsea Challenge is also something of a vanity project for the director who has given us some of the most commercially successful films of all time with Titanic and Avatar, and as usual suffers from his bloated vision and sense of excess. Many people erroneously believe that Cameron's obsession in Continue reading