BPM – interview with writer Philippe Mangeot

by GREG KING BPM is a fictional drama based on the activities of ACTUP, an AIDS activist group in Paris in the 1990s. Philippe Mangeot and filmmaker Robin Campillo (Eastern Boys, etc) were both members of the group. They have drawn upon their experiences and memories for this powerful and confronting drama - a rousing call to arms that delves into the politics of the group. At the centre is also a beautiful love story. BPM (Beats Per Minute) screens at the Melbourne International Queer Film Festival on Sunday March 24, and the Alliance French Film Festival in March. Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ryan Coogler Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K Brown. The 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe serves up something a little different. With the recent Guardians Of The Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok the Marvel head honchos shook up the usual increasingly tired formula by introducing plenty of improvised humour and a looser feel to proceedings. With Black Panther they give us the first Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Serkis Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Amit Shah, Jonathan Hyde, David Wilmot, Stephen Mangan, Dean-Charles Chapman. The opening night film at the recent British Film Festival at Palace Cinemas, Breathe is an unashamedly old-fashioned tear jerker that will appeal to the same demographic that loved films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, etc. This is the inspiring true story of Robin Cavendish (played here by Andrew Garfield, from Hacksaw Ridge, etc), who Continue reading

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


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