FATHER STU

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rosalind Ross Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver, Theresa Ruiz, Malcolm McDowell, Cody Fern, Carlos Leal.   Based on the true story of Stuart Long, a struggling boxer from Montana forced to quit the fight game after suffering too many blows in the ring who ultimately found religion and after many setbacks became an ordained Catholic priest. Much to the surprise and chagrin of his estranged parents – world weary and chain smoking Kathleen (Jacki Weaver) and his embittered alcoholic father Bill (Mel Gibson – both of Continue reading

OPERATION MINCEMEAT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Johnny Flynn, Penelope Wilton, Jason Isaacs, Simon Russell Beale, Rufus Wright, Mark Gatiss.  Another film that proves that often truth is stranger than fiction. A case in point is this true story of an elaborate WWII deception operation conceived by British Intelligence to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily by tricking the German high command into thinking that the attack would take place in Greece.   The operation was the brainchild of the secret XX Continue reading

THE DROVER’S WIFE: THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Leah Purcell Stars: Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid, Jessica De Gouw, Malachi Dower-Roberts, Bruce Spence, Nicholas Hope. Loosely inspired by Henry Lawson’s classic 1892 short story The Drover’s Wife, this tough drama from writer/director Leah Purcell uses the western genre to explore more challenging and contemporary themes of race, gender, class, our colonial past, the treatment of indigenous people, women’s rights, toxic masculinity, and even domestic violence in unflinching and unsparing fashion. This is a tough film to Continue reading

FIREBIRD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peeter Rebane Stars: Tom Prior, Oleg Zagorodnii, Diana Pozharskaya, Jake Thomas Henderson, Margus Prangel, Nicholas Woodeson.   Based on a true story, this heartbreaking queer romance is set on an air base in Soviet controlled Estonia in the late 70s and centres around a young soldier who embarks on a clandestine romance with a handsome fighter pilot.   The film is based on the 1996 memoir written by Russian actor Segei Fetisov and has been adapted to the screen by director Peeter Rebane and British actor and Continue reading

CHILDRENS’ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Thomas Caldwell

by GREG KING The fourth Childrens’ International Film Festival screens at the Lido, Classic, Cameo and Ritz Cinemas from May 28. The program features 21 kid friendly films and tv series from around the world, as well as plenty of hands-on family friendly activities. The festival also includes a 40th anniversary screening of Don Bluth’s The Secret Of NIMH. Greg spoke to festival director Thomas Caldwell about putting together this year’s program.  https://www.mediafire.com/file/k6gfzy3n3jpmfar/270419_001.MP3/file Continue reading