IN THE SHADOW IT WAITS – interview with Michael Beets

IN THE SHADOW IT WAITS – interview with Michael Beets

by GREG KING Award-winning director Michael Beets will premiere his latest film experience In The Shadow It Waits on Thursday 4 June at 8.30 pm. The film tells the story of four twenty-something co-workers bored with their day jobs and sick of being locked up in isolation, who play a silly online game and unwittingly prove the truth of an urban legend. And while these co-workers might not be able to get out, it doesn’t mean that something can’t get in. But this is no ordinary film experience. In The Shadow It Waits is a horror film performed live and edited in Continue reading

ONWARD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dan Scanlon Stars: voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Octavia Spencer, Tracey Ullman, Mel Rodriguez, Lena Waithe, Kyle Bornheimer, Grey Griffin, Ali Wong, Wilmer Valderrama, John Ratzenberger. Part road movie, part magical fantasy, brotherhood is one of the themes of this latest warm, funny, emotionally rich and magical fantasy from Pixar Studios. This is the 22nd animated feature from the studio that gave us such highlights as 1995’s Toy Story, but it also the first original, non-sequel from the studio in Continue reading

SYDNEY SOUTH AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2020 – interview with festival director Claire Jankelson

by GREG KING The Sydney South African Film Festival (SSAFF) is  one of Australia’s  first festivals to go online in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Festival will screen nationwide from 16 to 26 May, with five feature films, five documentaries and one short which will explore the rich and diverse culture of South Africa as well as look at its dark past of apartheid. There will also be some question and answer sessions, and interviews with the directors, in conjunction with the films. Greg spoke to festival director Claire Jankelson to learn more about Continue reading

THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Riley Stearns Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots. Casey Davies (played by Jesse Eisenberg, from The Social Network, etc) is a shy, introverted, boring and nervous thirtysomething who works as an accountant. His life is very insular – he doesn’t really interact with his co-workers, and he spends most of his time alone in his house with only his dog for company. Then one night while returning from the local convenience store with a supply of dog food he is set upon by a group of bikies and beaten senseless. Continue reading

MILITARY WIVES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Cattaneo Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Emma Lowndes, Gaby French, Lara Rossi, Amy James-Kelly, India Rai Amarteifio, Greg Wise, Jason Flemyng, Laura Elphinstone, . A charming, feel good movie about a group of wives on the sleepy Catterick military base who, in 2010, formed a singing group as a way to break up the monotony. Military Wives is loosely based on the true story of the formation of the first such military wives choir; a montage over the final credit sequence informs us that there is now a vast Continue reading