MEAL TICKETS – interview with Mat de Koning

by GREG KING Meal Tickets is a documentary that follows the lives of high school band mates trying to find success in the music industry. Film maker Mat de Koning met Mitch, Ben, Lee and Charlie at a Perth high school. The four mates went on to form the punk band The Screwtop Detonators, while Mat filmed their journey. Beginning with their tour of the US, Mat followed the band through its highs and lows, as they try to find success in a music industry that was changing due to technology and social media. Mat spent nearly ten years on the film and shot some Continue reading

THE LIFE I’VE SEEN – interview with Dean Ginsburg

by GREG KING The Life I’ve Seen is a short film that is a reflection of Shirley Affleck’s life growing up in the Western Australian wheatbelt in the 1940s and 50s. The 92-year old grandmother’s life is created through found reels of 8mm film reels. The 5-minute film was directed by Sydney based filmmaker Dean Ginsburg, who has made a number of commercials and short films. The Life I’ve Seen is one of the 16 finalists for Tropfest 2018, which will be held in Sydney on Saturday February 17th. The judging panel for this year’s Tropfest is led by Oscar Continue reading

SWINGING SAFARI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephan Elliott Stars: Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Asher Keddie, Julian McMahon, Jeremy Sims, Atticus Robb, Darcey Wilson, Jack Thompson, Jacob Elordi, Chelsea Glaw, Richard Roxburgh. Set in the 1970s, Stephan Elliott’s latest film is a semi-autobiographical coming of age comedy and satirical look at Australian culture and values of the time. It was a time of laissez-faire parenting, lazy weekends spent on the beach, sunburned kids long before the era of “slip, slop, slap”, and a time when Continue reading

SWEET COUNTRY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Warwick Thronton Stars: Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Ewen Leslie, Matt Day, Thomas M Wright, Tremayne Doolan, Trevan Doolan. Sweet Country is the sophomore feature film from indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton, best known for his acclaimed, award winning 2009 drama Samson and Delilah. This is only his second feature film, but in the decade since then he has been busy with short films, television projects and documentaries like We Don’t Need A Map, which premiered at the Sydney International Continue reading

FAR FROM HERE – interview with James Pillion

by GREG KING Far From Here is a very personal story, a romantic drama set in Romania that charts the changing nature of the relationship between Grant and Sofia as the pressures of work and separation take its toll. It is the debut feature for Sydney filmmaker James Pillion. Greg spoke to James to find out about the origins of the film, putting the script together with stars Jonathan Ahmadi, casting the film, and the decision to shoot in Romania. http://www.mediafire.com/file/a8eq3odisecir4c/230110_001.MP3 Continue reading