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

JUNGLE – interview with producer Gary Hamilton

by GREG KING Gary Hamilton's career in the arts and entertainment industry spans over 30 years. He has played a pivotal role in launching the careers of such international superstars as Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Jackman and Heath Ledger. In 2002, Hamilton founded Arclight Films, one of the world's leading independent film sales companies, which has produced films such as Wolf Creek, Predestination, and more. His latest production is the adventure Jungle, which is based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who spent three weeks stranded in the Continue reading

DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jonathan Sequeira.   This well-crafted, well-researched and sharply edited documentary serves up a warts and all look at the rise and turbulent times of seminal Australian rock band Radio Birdman. Formed in 1974 the band was at the forefront of the punk new wave scene in the 70s. The band came about when American-born aspiring medical student Deniz Tek shared a house in the Sydney suburb of Kensington with musician Ron Keeley. The band comprised Tek, lead singer and songwriter Rob Younger, Pip Hoyle, Warwick Continue reading

25 TRACKS – interview with Fiona Cochrane

by GREG KING 25 Tracks is a documentary looking at Cath Sheahan and Nick Larkins, two indie singer songwriters from Melbourne who planned to record and release a new song, every two weeks of the year. They invited local filmmaker Fiona Cochrane to record their project, and the result is this 52-minute documentary. Greg spoke to Fiona about her film career and the origins of 25 Tracks, which is screening as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. http://www.mediafire.com/file/zccn9xq2b1wnpcn/220623_003.MP3 Continue reading

SECRET MATTERS – interview with Janos Zoltan

by GREG KING Another short film screening at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is Janos Zoltan’s Secret Matters, which looks at Gerald Murnane, regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative authors. Zoltan spent some time with the reclusive author for this revealing 20-minute documentary. Greg spoke to Janos to find out more about the film which is screening at the Nova on Sunday July 16. http://www.mediafire.com/file/1iq5md77r508ytm/220623_001.MP3 Continue reading