APOLLO 11

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Todd Douglas Miller. This is a remarkable documentary about one of the most remarkable, audacious and inspiring technical achievements of the 20th century. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, thus fulfilling President Kennedy’s pledge to send a man to the moon and return him safely to Earth. It was an achievement that temporarily brought everyone in the world together, and people of a certain age can remember where they were on that day. This impeccably Continue reading

LOOBY – interview with Sean Murphy

LOOBY – interview with Sean Murphy

by GREG KING Archibald Prize winning artist Keith Looby had his work displayed in galleries around the world. But the maverick, idiosyncratic and outspoken artist fell out of favour with the arts establishment, and now most of his works sit in storage. This documentary is an attempt to restore his reputation and bring one of Australia’s foremost painters to the attention of a new generation. Greg speaks to producer Sean Murphy about the documentary, which screens as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Continue reading

THE LION KING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Favreau Stars: voices of Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard, John Kani,, JD McCrary, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Amy Sedaris. For many the thought of a frame by frame live action remake of Disney’s classic 1994 animated tale The Lion King would be unnecessary. However, short of actually filming live animals in the wild, the result of this hybrid mix of virtual reality locations and state of the art photorealistic CGI Continue reading

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