A MAN CALLED OVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hannes Holm Stars: Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Tobias Almborg, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll, Chatarina Larsson, Borje Lundberg, Klas Wiljergard. This Oscar-nominated Swedish comedy about a socially awkward grumpy old man rediscovering his humanity and the sense of community is essentially Gran Torino with subtitles. A Man Called Ove is a life affirming tale. At first I thought it was going to be a Scandinavian variation of the perennial Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life, but this is a more complex tale of hope, optimism and finding Continue reading

ZACH’S CEREMONY – interview with director Aaron Petersen and Alec Doomadgee

by GREG KING Zach Doomadgee is an indigenous teenager caught between two worlds -the bustling modernity of his home in Sydney and the proud culture of his father. This observational documentary traces Zach’s coming of age story as he prepares for a traditional aboriginal rite of initiation. Zach's Ceremony is having a series of event screenings around the country with both Aaron and Alec appearing for some Q&A sessions. Greg speaks to Aaron and Alec about the long journey of bringing the film to the screen, and what they hope audiences will take away from the Continue reading

CLASH – Interview with ACMI programmer Roberta Ciabarra

by GREG KING From March 30, ACMI is screening Mohamed Diab’s brilliant film Clash, a claustrophobic drama set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. This powerful Egyptian drama is set during the so-called Arab Spring, a time of revolution in the days immediately following the overthrow of President Morsi, and the civil unrest that ensued as police clashed with demonstrators. The police indiscriminately arrested many of the demonstrators and threw them in the back of a police prison wagon. Thus there was a mix of detainees from different religious and political Continue reading

SETTING SUN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Anna Bourozikas

by GREG KING 2017 sees the fourth Setting Sun Short Film Festival. This is the largest short film festival in  the west and this year promises to be the biggest year yet in the festival's short history. It is a filmmakers’ film festival and provides Maribyrnong and the western suburbs with its own short film festival. It promotes the large film making community living in Melbourne’s western suburbs and recognises excellence in the craft of film making. There are three main categories for films to be entered: western suburbs: comprising the bulk of awards to be given Continue reading

A CURE FOR WELLNESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gore Verbinski Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Celia Imrie, Ivo Nandi, Harry Groener, Adrian Schiller, Ashok Mandanna, Magnus Krenner. Visionary filmmaker Gore Verbinski has a wonderfully diverse filmography that includes the very funny slapstick nonsense of Mousehunt, the first three film in the successful Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise that was based on a Disneyland ride, the animated spaghetti western Rango, the drama The Weatherman with Nicolas Cage, the Americanised version of the Japanese horror film Ring, Continue reading