UNA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Benedict Andrews Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Rooney Mara, Riz Ahmed, Ruby Stokes, Tara Fitzgerald. Based upon the controversial Olivier-award winning play Blackbird written by Scottish playwright David Harrower, Una is a confronting film that deals with some difficult and troubling and taboo material. Fifteen years ago, a 13-year-old Una (played by newcomer Ruby Stokes) had a crush on her next-door neighbour Ray (played by Ben Mendelsohn, from Animal Kingdom, etc), a much older man. She ran away with him, and he was eventually Continue reading

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Glenn Morshower, John Turturro, Tony Hale, Mitch Pileggi, Santiago Cabrera, Jim Galligan, Stanley Tucci, voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Ken Watanabe, Jim Carter, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, John DiMaggio, Jess Harnell, Gemma Chan. Michael Bay makes more robot porn for 13-year-old boys. Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth instalment in Michael Bay’s series of big budget special effects Continue reading

HOUNDS OF LOVE – interview with Ben Young

by GREG KING Hounds Of Love is a tough new low budget Australian crime thriller about a couple (played by Stephen Curry and Emma Booth) who kidnap a teenaged girl (Ashleigh Cummings). This is the debut feature for local filmmaker Ben Young. He has briefly returned home from Serbia where he is shooting the big budget sci-fi thriller Extinction to partake in a few special screenings and Q&A sessions to promote the film. He spoke to Greg about the origins of the film, casting choices and shooting the Continue reading

HOTEL COOLGARDIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Pete Gleeson. Coolgardie is a small mining town situated some 500kms east of Perth. It is a remote, insular and isolated town where little ever happens. The social hub of the town is the local pub, the Denver City Hotel. Every season a couple of new barmaids, usually backpackers from Europe, arrive for a three-month stint to earn some money, pouring beers. This fly on the wall verite documentary from first time feature film maker Pete Gleeson follows the latest two arrivals – Finnish backpackers Lina and Steph. Continue reading

THE WITNESS ARTICLES – interview with Lauren Simpson, Erik Magnusson and Richard De Carvalho

by GREG KING The Witness Articles is an Australian-produced new horror adventure web-series that is rapidly gaining a cult following for its complex plotlines and high level production values. The series follows Boston-based journalist Ethan Sommers (played by Tristan McKinnon) as he investigates terrifying paranormal; encounters. The series has its roots in the classic horror movies of yesteryear as well as tv series like The Twilight Zone and even The X-Files. The fourth episode in the series, which was released on June 16, is titled Where The Jackal Sleeps, and is the Continue reading