THE WHITE CROW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ralph Fiennes Stars: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Adele Exarchopoulos, Louis Hoffman, Raphael Peronnaz, Chulpan Khamatova, Sergei Polunin, Calypso Valois, Aleksey Morozov, Olivier Rabourdin. White crow is a term used by the Russians to describe something, unique, unusual or even an outlier. That term perfectly fits Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most famous Russian ballet dancers who defected to the west in 1961. During a cultural visit to Paris in 1961 by the Kirov Ballet Company Nureyev came to experience the beauty of art, Continue reading

DEFEND CONSERVE PROTECT – interview with Stephen Amis

by GREG KING This enthralling documentary follows the efforts of Sea Shepherd, a volunteer guerrilla navy as they venture into the inhospitable Great Southern Ocean in an attempt to stop the Japanese whaling fleet from slaughtering the protected Minke whales in a designated international whale sanctuary. Drawing upon some never before seen footage and interviews with the heroic crew, director Stephen Amis has produced a compelling documentary that he hopes will inspire others. Greg chats to Stephen about the making of the film, the editing process, and having Dan Continue reading

STRANGE TENANTS: SKA’D FOR LIVE -Interview with Fiona Cochrane

by GREG KING Formed in Collingwood in 1981,Strange Tenants were the “godfathers of Australian ska”, emerging in the wake of UK bands like Madness and The Specials. They have toured in support of UB40 and U2. They are still around 36 years later, and still active and political. This documentary from filmmaker Fiona Cochrane takes a look at the band. Greg speaks to director Fiona Cochrane to find out more about the film, which screens as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. The screening at the Cinema Nova on July 24 will be followed by a Q&A with Continue reading

BOOKSMART

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivia Wilde Stars: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Mason Gooding, Skyler Gisondo, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Billy Lourd, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Victoria Ruesga, Molly Gordon, Diana Silvers, Eduardo Franco, Nico Haraga, Austin Crute, Michael Patrick O'Brien. Friends since the fifth grade, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever, from Beautiful Boy, etc) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein, from Lady Bird, etc) are two highly motivated over achieving, bookish high school students who have spent all of their time studying hard and applying Continue reading

CRAWL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexandre Aja Stars: Kayla Scodelario, Barry Pepper. Ever since Jaws made us afraid to go into the water we have had any number of monster films featuring a variety of killer creatures, from sharks to killer whales to grizzly bears to rats, spiders, snakes, piranhas, and even crocodiles that all played on our fears of nature and predators. In 1980 we even had Alligator, a gruesome killer reptile B-grade horror film, written by John Sayles, in which a 36 foot long alligator lurking in the sewers beneath Chicago made its way to Continue reading