ALPHA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Albert Hughes Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Marcin Kowlaczyk, Natassia Malthe, Jens Hulten. Set during the last great Ice Age in Europe some 20,000 years ago, this epic adventure and brutal tale of survival in a harsh wilderness is a bit like a prehistoric version of The Revenant. It is also something of a coming of age tale as it follows a teen’s journey to manhood. There is also something of Jack London’s classic The Call Of The Wild about its subplot in which the boy tames a wolf and turns him into a pet, Continue reading

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE – interview with Grant Dodwell

by GREG KING Actor Grant Dodwell is well known to local audiences through his roles in long running and popular television series like A Country Practice. Grant is also one of the co-founders and the creative director for the Australian National Theatre, which brings Australian plays to audiences. The ANT’s latest initiative involves filming the plays live and taking them to audiences via cinemas around Australia and regional areas. The first such screening will be The Dapto Chaser, a gritty, warts and all comedy written by Mary Rachel Brown, about a family heavily Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Al Cossar, Assistant Artistic Director

by GREG KING The Melbourne International Film Festival runs from August 2 through to August 19, with an eclectic program of films both local and international. The programming team have sourced award winning films from some of the world’s best film festivals. The opening night film was Wild Life, the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano. There is a special section on African Film Rediscovered, the Fashion X Cinema program, a diverse section of Australian cinema and Premier Fund films, a retrospective of Italian crime films from the 60s and 70s, shorts programs, Continue reading

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Alicia McShane

by GREG KING The Scandinavian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country this July, with films from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. The opening night film is the Icelandic drama Under The Tree. Special guests for the festival this year are Danish director Mehdi Avaz and actress Julie Christiansen, who will be introducing screenings of their film While We Live and participating in Q&As. Greg spoke to Alicia to learn more about what’s on offer in this year’s festival. http://www.mediafire.com/file/unaf2mkikeas4nk/230623_001.MP3/file Continue reading

ADRIFT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baltasar Kormakur Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin. There have been many great survival stories told on the screen, many of them set at sea like the recent Colin Firth drama The Mercy. Arguably amongst the best of these are films like Cast Away, with Tom Hanks stranded on a remote island, and J C Chandor’s superb All Is Lost, basically another one-hander with Robert Redford playing a sailor stranded at sea after his yacht was struck by a floating shipping container. Despite the fact that it Continue reading