A STAR IS BORN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bradley Cooper Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Anthony Ramos, Sam Elliott, Rafi Gavron, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Ron Rifkin, Barry Shabaka Henley, Alec Baldwin, Greg Grunberg, Drena De Niro, Lukas Nelson. This is the fourth version of the classic story that was first filmed in 1937 with Frederick March and Janet Gaynor in the lead roles. It was notably remade in 1954 as a musical with James Mason and Judy Garland in the lead roles. It is forty years since we saw Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in their version of A Continue reading

THE SEAGULL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Mayer Stars: Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Brian Dennehy, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Zegen. The Seagull is a new adaptation of the classic tragicomedy from Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, which was written in 1896, and was the first of his great dramas. When it was first performed in Moscow the play was critically maligned and was a deemed a critical failure and a major flop that almost saw Chekhov give up his writing career. This rather staid adaptation Continue reading

IN LIKE FLYNN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Russell Mulcahy Stars: Thomas Cocquerel, Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen, David Wenham, Callan Mulvey, David Hennessey, Isabel Lucas, Costas Mandylor, Grace Huang. Tasmanian born Errol Flynn was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s, and the swashbuckling star of action films like Captain Blood and The Adventures Of Robin Hood dominated the box office. The charismatic and handsome movie icon also had a reputation as a hard-drinking cavalier womaniser and a hell raiser off screen. Flynn starred in some Continue reading

WAJIB

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Annemarie Jacir Stars: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik. Wajib translates as “duty”. But duty has different meanings for different people – there is duty to one’s family. To parents, to your country. This gentle and low key but insightful drama is the third feature film for Palestinian born filmmaker Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You, etc), and this multi-award winning film was Palestine’s official entry into the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2018 Oscars. The film is set in Nazareth, an Israeli town which features a Continue reading

THE TRAVEL COUNSELLOR/THE TARGET – interview with Giovanna Mercuri

by GREG KING Melbourne-based social worker and filmmaker Giovanni Mercuri has turned her experiences advocating for clients’ mental health into a full length feature film and a popular tv series. Her aim is to shine a light on important issues such as bullying and domestic violence. The second series of her series The Travel Counsellor has screened on Channel 31, and the third series will air early in 2019. Giovanna ahs also completed her second feature film, The Target, which deals with bullying and stars singer Damien Leith in his first acting role. Greg chatted to Continue reading