A WAY TO LIVE – interview with writer Peter Levy

by GREG KING A Way To Live is a black comedy/action drama, another variation on the odd couple buddy formula. It has been written by Melbourne based screenwriter Peter Levy. Paul Lewis has been diagnosed with cancer and he just wants to spend his last days fishing. Then he meets Chris, a retired Greek hitman and ex-Army sniper, and the bodies begin to pile up. Paul is in way over his head. Think films like The Matador, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and so forth. A Way To Live will be performed by Continue reading

A FISTFUL OF SCRIPTS – interview with Sean McIntyre

by GREG KING Wise Words Media and Callumny Films are bringing back A Fistful Of Scripts for 2018. This is one of Australia's most innovative script development incubators, where a script is read aloud by a team of actors, and then the audience is invited to give their feedback. A Fistful Of Scripts will be presenting its first ever full length feature film script with the buddy movie A Way To Live, which has been written by Melbourne screenwriter Peter Levy. The reading will take place at ACMI on January 11 2018 from 3pm. Tickets are Continue reading

WONDER WHEEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Jack Gore, David Krumholtz, Max Casella, Tony Sirico, Steven Schirripa. Woody Allen is a very prolific filmmaker who has averaged one film per year for the past five decades. And while the quality of his output has varied, he has produced a few bona fide classics along the way. He has also been nominated for more Oscars in the screenwriting category than any other filmmaker. And he writes strong roles for females - he has directed six actresses to an Continue reading

TULIP FEVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Chadwick Stars: Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Holliday Grainger, Jack O'Connell, Judi Dench, Cara Delevingne, Tom Hollander, Kevin McKidd,  Matthew Morrison, Zach Galifianakis, Douglas Hodge, David Harewood. This melodramatic bodice ripper period romantic drama is set in Amsterdam in 1634. Tulips were very much prized and a source of great wealth in the market place. Playing out against this backdrop of a strong economic bubble and flourishing commodities market is a more formulaic story of romance, sex, Continue reading

BIG IN JAPAN – interview with David Elliot-Jones and Louis Dai

by GREG KING In the documentary Big In Japan, Melbourne filmmaking trio Lachlan McLeod (director), Louis Dai (editor) and David Elliot-Jones explore the nature of fame and the culture of fame, in a world where Facebook and YouTube can make instant celebrities. The trio journeyed to Japan, where the people seem to worship foreign talents. The title itself refers to the phenomenon of Western fame in Japan. The three filmmakers embark on a mission to see if they can make Dave - a 26-year old nobody - famous. The film was four years in the making. Greg spoke to David and Continue reading