LAST CAB TO DARWIN – interview with Jeremy Sims

by GREG KING Last Cab To Darwin is a fantastic new Australian feature film about a Broken Hill taxi driver (played by Michael Caton), dying of cancer, who drives all the way to Darwin to take advantage of the Northern Territory's euthanasia laws. The film also stars Jackie Weaver and Mark Coles Smith. Greg spoke to Jeremy Sims, the director and co-writer, to find out more about the film, which hits cinemas on August 6. http://www.mediafire.com/lis…/yxlrfxmykkycngc/200713_001.MP3   Continue reading

I AM BIG BIRD: THE CARROLL SPINNEY STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: David LaMattina and Chad N Walker. Big Bird is one of the most well known and popular characters on television, having been a fixture on Sesame Street for four decades. But despite a list of accolades that include a swag of Emmy and Grammy awards and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, little is known about Carroll Spinney, the man who has played the character for over forty years. Through a wealth archival footage, candid interviews with friends, family and colleagues such as Frank Oz, and Spinney himself, this warm and Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – REVIEWS

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events. MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs. Since its inception, MIFF has also been committed to local film: it is Australia's largest showcase of new Continue reading

13 MINUTES

Reviewed by GREG KING Diretor: Oliver Hirschbiegel Stars: Christian Friedler, Katharina Schuttler, Burghart Klaussner, Johann von Bulow, Felix Eitner, Rudiger Klink. What if Hitler had been killed before World War Two? How would the world have been different? This provocative what if? question is the driving force behind this dramatised account of Georg Elser, a mild mannered pacifist and unlikely hero who tried to assassinate Hitler in 1939. Rogue Male, a 1977 made for television movie starring the late Peter O'Toole, also dealt with an assassination attempt Continue reading

FREEDOM STORIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Steve Thomas. Documentary filmmaker Steve Thomas has been interested in exploring the plight of refugees who have spent time in mandatory detention after arriving on Australia's shores by boat from war torn countries like Afghanistan or Iraq. His previous films include Hope, which followed Iraqi refugee Amal Basry, a survivor of the SIEV X disaster in which some 350 refugees drowned, and 2001's Welcome To Woomera, a look at the notorious detention centre in a remote and harsh location. It was there that he met a number of Continue reading