CARGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Ben Howling, Yolande Ramke Stars: Martin Freeman, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes, Simone Landers, Kris McQuade, David Gulpilil, Caren Pistorious, Natasha Wanganeen, Bruce R Carter. A strange virus has wiped out most of the population, leaving behind hordes of the walking dead. When someone is bitten by these “zombies” they have 48 hours before they are turned into one of these undead. Set in a post-apocalyptic remote outback Australia, Cargo follows Andy (Martin Freeman, from The Hobbit trilogy) and his wife Kay (Susie Porter) Continue reading

BREATH OF FRESH AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – REVIEWS

The Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival screened in Launceston, Tasmania, from May 17-20. ALL FILMES REVIEWED BY GREG KING PECKING ORDER. Last year we saw Chicken People, a US documentary set against the background of competitive chicken raising, and we met three people obsessed with raising their chickens and competing in best of show competitions. This quirky and off beat New Zealand documentary explores some similar territory in warm and witty fashion. Pecking Order centres around the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club, a club which has a long and Continue reading

MIDNIGHT OIL 1984

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ray Argall. 1984 was a pivotal year for iconic Australian rock band Midnight Oil. Formed in the early 70s from Sydney’s vibrant north shore, Midnight Oil forged its reputation for energetic live shows in the pub rock scene, with front man Peter Garrett finishing their sets exhausted and bathed in sweat.  The band defiantly forged its own path, refusing to play on tv shows like Countdown or following the usual music business norms of drugs and hard partying. The band was also known for its support of environmental and Continue reading

THE BOOKSHOP

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Isabel Coixet Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Night, Patricia Clarkson, Honor Kneafsey, James Lance, Reg Wilson, Hunter Tremayne, Frances Barber, Julie Christie. The Bookshop is set in the sleepy small coastal village of Hardborough in 1959. Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) is a war widow who relocates to this small town with the aim of opening a bookshop. She loves books and wants to share this love with the townsfolk. She takes possession of the decaying old residence known locally as "the old Continue reading

DING DONG I’M GAY – interview with writer and creator Tim Spencer

by GREG KING Ding Dong I’m Gay is a new Australian comedic web series that follows Cameron, an overachieving people-pleaser who reluctantly takes on the role of hopeless fairy godmother when his newly out cousin Toby arrives on his Sydney doorstep looking for somewhere to live. Cameron sets out to teach Toby a thing or two about gay life. The light hearted web series features Tim Spencer, Remy Brand, Alex Lee, Sarah Bishop, and Rupert Raineri. The first three episodes are available via You Tube. Greg spoke to the show’s creator and writer Tim Continue reading