O’NEILL SYDNEY SURF FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Nick Stevenson

by GREG KING The inaugural O'Neill Surf Festival screens at Manly and Bondi from January 21-Feb 1 2015. A curated program of feature films and short films from Australia and overseas will be screened during the festival. Opening night sees the screening of the documentary Out In The Line Up, a look at the gay subculture of the surfing world and the culture of secrecy, and the Austrian documentary The Old, The Young And The Sea, a look at the surf culture of Europe. To find out more about the program Greg spoke to festival director Nick Continue reading

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Alan Hicks. One of the cinematic highlights of 2014 was the drama Whiplash, about the turbulent relationship between an aspiring jazz drummer and his volatile teacher who pushed his students to breaking point, and sometimes beyond. The marvelous documentary Keep On Keepin' On offers a marked contrast to that film, as it follows the wonderful friendship that develops between two jazz musicians - one a legend nearing the end of an eventful life and the other a jazz prodigy just starting out on his musical career. The beating Continue reading

ST VINCENT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Theodore Melfi Stars: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Jaeden Lieberher, Ann Dowd, Terrence Howard, Nate Cordrry, Ron McLarty, Dario Barosso, Scott Adsit. St Vincent is a slightly predictable, surprisingly upbeat, and genuinely feel good comedy/drama and coming of age tale about an unlikely friendship. And it is, arguably, one of the better films of Bill Murray's career. It is also good to see him return to his comedic roots for a chance. Vincent McKenna (played by Murray) is a former Vietnam vet who Continue reading

BIG HERO 6

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams Stars: voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, T J Miller, Damon Wayans jr, Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph. The family friendly films being released over Christmas this year range in quality from the excellent Paddington, through to the rather bland and disappointing Penguins of Madagascar. The Disney produced action comedy Big Hero 6 falls somewhere in between. Like The Incredibles before it, Big Hero 6 is an animated superhero movie that is suitable for all ages. Continue reading

ANNIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Zoe Margaret Colleti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan Smith, Amanda Troya, Dorian Missick, Tracie Thomas, Mike Birbiglia, Stephanie Kurtzuba. This new version of the feelgood hit play about the little orphan girl Annie searching for the parents who abandoned her is serviceable enough but probably unnecessary. The character was originally created for a comic strip by Harold Gray, but in the 70s Thomas Continue reading