BERLIN SYNDROME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cate Shortland Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt. Filmmaker Cate Shortland burst onto the scene in emphatic fashion in 2004 when her debut feature Somersault cleaned up at the AFI Awards in what was obviously a very lean year of the local film industry. Her latest film, her third feature, is Berlin Syndrome, a slow burning claustrophobic psychological thriller and twisted fairy tale that is largely a two-hander. Berlin Syndrome marks Shortland’s first foray into genre filmmaking and is, arguably, her most accessible film to Continue reading

BAD GIRL – fin Edquist interview

by GREG KING Bad Girl is a psychological drama about the toxic relationship between two adolescent girls. It is the feature directorial debut for Fin Edquist, who has written for tv shows like McLeod’s Daughters and Home And Away, etc, as well as directing commercials and music videos. The film premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival, but it gains a cinema release from Thursday April 26. Greg spoke to Fin about the ten year struggle to get his film to the screen. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/m6qoyu89vhy34tw/210708_002.MP3   Continue reading

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Condon Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Nathan Mack, Hattie Morahan. Disney seem intent on remaking their back catalogue of classic animated films into live action films, combining the familiar stories with state of the art special effects to bring them to a brand-new generation. We have had 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, which have all been Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

The 28th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival screens at Palace cinemas across Australia throughout March. The 45 films screening in this year’s festival offer a wonderful mix of artistry and genres, and feature some of the biggest names in French cinema. The opening night film is The Odyssey, a biopic about the legendary Jacques Costeau, while closing the festival this year is the new comedy A Bun In The Oven, starring Karin Viard. For sceening details check out the festival website. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED MARCH 12, 2017   SLACK Continue reading

BITTER HARVEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Mendeluk Stars: Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Terence Stamp, Tamer Hassan, Aneurin Barnard, Lucy Brown, William Beck, Richard Brake, Tom Austen, Gary Oliver. After the overthrow of Nicholas II in 1918 the Russian peasants of the Ukraine thought they would be better off under the Bolsheviks. But it was not to be as the socialist ideal of collectivisation decreed that they had to cede a certain percentage of their harvest to feed the country. The peasants eventually rebelled against tis decree. Upset by their Continue reading