DOWNTON ABBEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Engler Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Goode, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Joanna Froggatt, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Geraldine Jones, Kevin Doyle, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Brendan Coyle, Mark Addy, Susan Lynch, Lesley Nicol, Micahel Fox, David Haig. This is a big screen treatment of the popular television series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in 1920s Continue reading

SCREEN PRIESTS – interview with Peter Malone

by GREG KING Screen Priests is a fascinating historical look at films about Roman Catholic priests on screen. Something of a comprehensive look at the portrayal of priests on screen, the book includes detailed indexes exploring film titles, directors, and actors who have played priests, and there are special chapters on Irish priests, Australian priests, exorcism priests and even a chapter on films and abuse within the Catholic Church. Screen Priests explores the fascinating story of the changes in Catholicism and its institutions in the culture of the 20th and early Continue reading

MIDSOMMAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ari Aster Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper. This disturbing horror film is the sophomore feature from Ari Aster, whose previous film was Hereditary, which was regarded as one of the best horror films of recent years. The film is set mainly in an isolated Swedish community that is celebrating their harvest with a special nine-day festival that is held only once every ninety years. Along to witness the celebrations is American psychology student Christian (Jack Reynor, Continue reading

ANGEL OF MINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kim Farrant Stars: Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Evans, Finn Little, Annika Whiteley, Tracy Mann. The sophomore feature from Australian filmmaker Kim Farrant (Strangerland) this taut but flawed psychological thriller is a remake of Mark Of An Angel, the 2008 French thriller from Safy Nebbou (Who You Think I Am), which was supposedly based on actual events. The script has been adapted by Luke Davies (Oscar nominated writer of Lion) and David Regal (a television writer who has written for The Wild Continue reading

ANIMALS – interview with Sophie Hyde

by GREG KING Based on the novel by Emma Jane Unsworth, Animals tells the story of Laura and Tyler, two friends who have lived together for ten years but find that their relationship is shifting. This is a coming of age story that explores themes of identity, female friendship and the expectations placed on women and how they behave. Animals is an Irish-Australian co-production that stars Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat. It has been directed by Sophie Hyde. Greg spoke to Sophie about adapting the novel, casting, and filming in Continue reading