NO STONE UNTURNED – interview with Trevor Birney

by GREG KING No Stone Unturned is a new documentary from Alex Gibney. The film is a murder mystery that reveals the kind of secrets governments keep. In 1994, six people were gunned down as they watched the World Cup in a small pub in a village in Northern Ireland. Decades later, family members looking for answers discover a cover-up. Gibney reveals collusion between Loyalist paramilitaries and the British government in a hard-hitting investigation into the murder of six Catholics in a small pub in County Down in 1994. Trevor Birney is the film’s Continue reading

IRISH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Enda Murray

by GREG KING The 4th Irish Film Festival screens at Melbourne’s Kino Cinemas from April 26 through to April 28. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland and a couple of the films in this year’s festival examine the legacy of the “troubles.” The opening night film is Maze, a dramatization of the 1983 mass breakout from the notorious Maze prison. There is also No Stone Unturned, a new documentary from Alex Gibney that probes a 1994 murder and the subsequent cover up. Greg spoke to the festival’s artistic director Enda Murray to Continue reading

I FEEL PRETTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein Stars: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Tom Hopper, Busy Phillips, Aidy Bryant, Lauren Hutton, Emily Ratajkowski, Adrian Martinez, Naomi Campbell. When the trailer for I Feel Pretty first hit cinemas there was an immediate backlash because many thought that it was making fun of overweight women and was engaging in a bit of body shaming, which ultimately proved to be misleading. Rather this feel good romantic comedy delivers positive messages about Continue reading

ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with David Batty

by GREG KING As part of the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival, there will be a retrospective on the career of filmmaker David Batty. He reflects on 35 years of filmmaking in remote Aboriginal Australia. There will be an opportunity to view rarely-screened gems from his vast archive of work interspersed with personal anecdotes in this interactive screening moderated by Batty’s close friend, writer Jim Buckell. After kick-starting his career in Alice Springs in the 1980s, David was instrumental in establishing the first television production unit at the Central Continue reading

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY – interview with Mike Newell

by GREG KING The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is based on the best selling novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This romantic mystery follows Julie Ashton, a best-selling author who journeys to the windswept island of Guernsey in 1946 after receiving a letter from one of the inhabitants which piques her curiosity. She meets the titular oddball group that was formed during the German occupation of the island and learns about their hardships. This story of courage and loyalty has been directed by Mike Continue reading