BIG IN JAPAN – interview with David Elliot-Jones and Louis Dai

by GREG KING In the documentary Big In Japan, Melbourne filmmaking trio Lachlan McLeod (director), Louis Dai (editor) and David Elliot-Jones explore the nature of fame and the culture of fame, in a world where Facebook and YouTube can make instant celebrities. The trio journeyed to Japan, where the people seem to worship foreign talents. The title itself refers to the phenomenon of Western fame in Japan. The three filmmakers embark on a mission to see if they can make Dave - a 26-year old nobody - famous. The film was four years in the making. Greg spoke to David and Continue reading

BETTER WATCH OUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Peckover Stars: Levi Miller, Olivia De Jonge, Ed Oxenbould, Dacre Montgomery, Aleks Mikic, Patrick Warburton, Virginia Madsen.   Home Alone with a body count? This blackly comic, dark and subversive variation on the home invasion drama is a bit like a warped cross between Home Alone, Michael Haneke's disturbing Funny Games, Bob Clark's 1970s slasher thriller Black Christmas, and the 80s horror/slasher thriller Silent Night, Deadly Night. And it is unexpectedly entertaining. The film is set during the lead up to Continue reading

BORG MCENROE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Janus Metz Stars: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Tuva Novotny. The 1980 Wimbledon Men's Final is widely regarded as one of the great tennis matches in sporting history. It was an epic five match encounter between world number one, the ice-cold Swedish champion Bjorn Borg, who was attempting to win his record breaking fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, and brash American upstart John McEnroe, the "super brat" who was better known for his on-court tantrums and volatile nature. This is the second Continue reading

BRIGSBY BEAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dave McCary Stars: Kyle Mooney, Greg Kinnear, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Michaela Watkins, Matt Walsh, Claire Danes, Ryan Simpkins, Jorge Lendeborg jr. An inventive, original oddball and quirky independent film from first time feature filmmaker Dave McCary (better known as an Emmy nominated writer on SNL), Brigsby Bear deals with themes of family, friendship, the loss of innocence, love, the indelible impact of pop culture, nostalgia, and the power of movies to heal and transform. James Pope (Kyle Mooney) has led a rather Continue reading

BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Kim Petalas

by GREG KING The British Film Festival 2017 screens at Palace Cinemas from October 24. The opening night film is Breathe, the directorial debut from actor Andy Serkis, and this inspiring true story stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foye. The closing night film is the feel good Finding Your Feet. This year's retrospective screenings feature four star studded adaptations of classic Agatha Christie mysteries, including Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, Evil Under The Sun, and The Mirror Crack'd, featuring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple. There are also Continue reading