ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with David Batty

by GREG KING As part of the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival, there will be a retrospective on the career of filmmaker David Batty. He reflects on 35 years of filmmaking in remote Aboriginal Australia. There will be an opportunity to view rarely-screened gems from his vast archive of work interspersed with personal anecdotes in this interactive screening moderated by Batty’s close friend, writer Jim Buckell. After kick-starting his career in Alice Springs in the 1980s, David was instrumental in establishing the first television production unit at the Central Continue reading

HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS?

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Eddie Martin. Another warts-and-all documentary about another deeply troubled, self-obsessed and self-destructive artist wrestling with his personal demons and the high cost of fame. This local film charts the rise and fall and the highs and lows of Anthony Lister, a celebrated contemporary Australian street artist who was Brisbane’s answer to the notorious Banksy. Lister pioneered the street art movement in Brisbane, and he was engaged to paint traffic control boxes to make them less ugly. His art work challenged Continue reading

ZELOS – interview with writer/producer Claire Harris

by GREG KING Zelos is an independently produced Australian dramedy, made with a majority female crew, including writer, producer, director, camera department. Although the film is written and directed by women if features a male protagonist. The film ask unique questions about young people navigating the complex world of on-line dating and real world dating. The film has been written by Claire Harris, who studied film at the AFTRS in Sydney, and directed by Jo-Anne Brechin. The film has enjoyed a run on the international film festival Continue reading

PETER RABBIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Will Gluck Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, Marianne-Jean Baptiste, voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley, Ewen Leslie, Sia, Colin Moody, Fayssal Bazzi. Beatrix Potter’s iconic and beloved creation comes to the big screen in this fast-paced family friendly film that deftly mixes live action with CGI animation. The eponymous Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden, from One Man, Two Guvnors, etc) is a rascally, recently orphaned character who loves Continue reading

MARY MAGDALENE

Reviewed by Greg King Director: Garth Davis Stars: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahin, Denis Menochet, Tcheky Karyo, Ryan Corr. In the 50s, Biblical films were extremely popular, with sweeping epics like the Oscar winning Ben Hur and the spectacular The Ten Commandments scoring at the box office. These stories drawn from the Bible featured timeless themes of good versus evil and epic battles. But in the 60s their popularity seemed to wane. More modern takes on Bible stories have tended to be revisionist in nature – Martin Scorsese’s Continue reading