MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – week 2 reviews

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. The Stanford Prison Experiment meets Battle Royale? Belko is a US non-profit organisation based in Bogota in Colombia, which works to facilitate American businesses wanting to operate in South America. One day though an unusually high level of security seems to be visible around the high rise office building. As the employees go about their business, a wall of steel shutters surrounds the building and a mysterious voice suddenly comes over the PA system Continue reading

BABY DRIVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Edgar Wright Stars: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Bernthal, Flea, Lanny Joon, C J Jones.   British director Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, etc) was raised on a diet of Hollywood genre films, but his quirky sensibility and sense of humour subverts the usual tropes of the genre. His Hot Fuzz was a loving homage to those American crime films he loved watching. A decade on he returns to the crime genre with Baby Driver, an immensely entertaining and fast paced heist Continue reading

CONSTANCE ON THE EDGE – interview with Belinda Mason

by GREG KING Constance On The Edge is a documentary that follows refugee Constance Okot, and explores the impact that starting a new life in a strange country can have. Filmmaker Belinda Mason spent ten years following Constance and her experiences. This is a film that explores themes of courage, resilience, community and family. Constance On The Edge screens as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Greg spoke to director Belinda Mason to find out more. http://www.mediafire.com/file/ccq3p3zinnw57i7/220619_004.MP3 Continue reading

HOUNDS OF LOVE – interview with Ben Young

by GREG KING Hounds Of Love is a tough new low budget Australian crime thriller about a couple (played by Stephen Curry and Emma Booth) who kidnap a teenaged girl (Ashleigh Cummings). This is the debut feature for local filmmaker Ben Young. He has briefly returned home from Serbia where he is shooting the big budget sci-fi thriller Extinction to partake in a few special screenings and Q&A sessions to promote the film. He spoke to Greg about the origins of the film, casting choices and shooting the Continue reading

BAYWATCH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Seth Gordon Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Rob Huebel, Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach, Hannibal Burress, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ilfenesh Hadera, Oscar Nunez, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson. The popular tv series created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and former lifeguard Gregory Bonnan, ran for eleven seasons from 1989 to 2000 and became known for its iconic theme music as well as the sight of its scantily clad stars running in slow motion along the glistening sands. The producers of this Continue reading