BERLIN SYNDROME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cate Shortland Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt. Filmmaker Cate Shortland burst onto the scene in emphatic fashion in 2004 when her debut feature Somersault cleaned up at the AFI Awards in what was obviously a very lean year of the local film industry. Her latest film, her third feature, is Berlin Syndrome, a slow burning claustrophobic psychological thriller and twisted fairy tale that is largely a two-hander. Berlin Syndrome marks Shortland’s first foray into genre filmmaking and is, arguably, her most accessible film to Continue reading

THEIR FINEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lone Scherfig Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin. Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Eddie Marsan, Halen McCrory, Jeremy Irons, Richard E Grant, Henry Goodman, Hubert Burton, Claudie Jeesie, Stephanie Hyam. This thoroughly enjoyable WWII drama is set in London at the height of the Blitz. The Ministry of Information and the War Office want to make a propaganda film to keep the people’s morale and spirits up. Just as important though is sending a strong message to the Americans that the British are still in the fight for the long Continue reading

MY PET DINOSAUR – interview with Matt Drummond

by GREG KING My Pet Dinosaur is a family friendly mix of sci-fi and creature feature, and a rarity from the Australian film industry. The film is suffused with the spirit of 80s cinema, in particular Spielberg’s ET, coming of age tales like Stand By Me and even The Goonies. Greg speaks to writer/director Matt Drummond about the making of the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/bd4scdx1p5prkcb/220408_001.MP3 Continue reading

BAD GIRL – fin Edquist interview

by GREG KING Bad Girl is a psychological drama about the toxic relationship between two adolescent girls. It is the feature directorial debut for Fin Edquist, who has written for tv shows like McLeod’s Daughters and Home And Away, etc, as well as directing commercials and music videos. The film premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival, but it gains a cinema release from Thursday April 26. Greg spoke to Fin about the ten year struggle to get his film to the screen. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/m6qoyu89vhy34tw/210708_002.MP3   Continue reading

GOING IN STYLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Zach Braff Stars: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King, John Ortiz, Matt Dillon, Josh Pais, Christopher Lloyd, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Peter Serafinowicz, Kenan Thompson. We’ve seen a number of films recently about elderly people behaving badly and refusing to go gently into that good night (Last Vegas, etc), although the nadir of this subgenre would have to be last year’s awful Dirty Grandpa. We even had the British comedy Golden Years, in which an elderly couple, fed up with the way their financial Continue reading