MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

A MONSTER CALLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: J A Boyona Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, Geraldine Chaplin. The films of Spanish filmmaker J A Bayona have dealt with families in crisis and children in peril, and they have always had a strong emotional subtext running through them. His previous films have included the horror film The Orphanage, and The Impossible, which told the story of a family affected by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. His third feature film is A Monster Calls, a mix of horror and complex coming of age Continue reading

A GHOST STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Lowery Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham. Despite its title, this is not a horror story, nor is it a conventional haunted house story. Nor is it a remake of the 1981 John Irvin film Ghost Story, that was based on a novel written by Peter Straub. Rather this oblique and glacially paced art house drama is a film about a ghost suffering an existential crisis. The film offers a melancholy and haunting meditation on love, loss, death, the legacy we leave behind, and existence itself. The film follows C (played by Continue reading

ARAB FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Fadia Aboud

by GREG KING   The 14th Arab Film Festival screens in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra in August. In Melbourne, the festival screens at the Cinema Nova from August 25-August 27. The festival aims to foster understanding and acceptance of different cultures with a handful of feature films and short films from the Arab diaspora. There is even a film from Australia this year with the romantic comedy Ali's Wedding. There is a focus on women and how they deal with prejudice and a largely patriarchal society, but a couple of films also look at how men Continue reading

WALLACE AND GROMIT AND FRIENDS EXHIBITION AT ACMI – interview with ACMI’s Reece Goodwin

by GREG KING ACMI are having a special exhibition of all things Aardman with Wallace And Gromit And Friends. The Aardman studios are well known for their stop motion claymation shorts featuring Wallace and Gromit, as well as features such as Chicken Run, a barnyard variation on the classic The Great Escape, and Shaun The Sheep. There are some 350 objects from their body of work on display in the exhibition, as well as a workshop where visitors can create their own clay model character. Greg spoke to ACMI’s Reece Goodwin to find out more about this special exhibition, Continue reading