BACKTRACK BOYS – interview with Catherine Scott

by GREG KING BackTrack Boys is an observational documentary that features the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and the youth program he runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, NSW. The film follows Zac, Tyrson and Rusty, three troubled boys, as they hit the road with Bernie’s legendary dog jumping team and travel to rural shows across NSW. The dog shows started out as a way to teach kids self-discipline, calm their emotions, build trust, and boost their communication skills, but now they have become the world record holders. In the last Continue reading

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marc Forster Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Oliver Ford Davies, Adrian Scarborough, Orton O'Brien, voices of Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Mohammed. This is the second film this year to focus on A A Milne’s enduring and endearing creation of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh and the other creatures that inhabited the fictional Hundred Acre Wood. It follows Goodbye Christopher Robin, a drama that explored how Milne’s classic children’s tale stole Continue reading

C’EST LA VIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Eye Haidara, Jean-Paul Rouve, Benjamin Lavernhe, Judith Chemla, Vincent Macaigne, Suzanne Clement. A Gallic The Wedding Planner? Max Angeley (played by Jean-Pierre Bacri, from Look At Me, etc) is a veteran wedding planner and caterer who offers first rate service and lavish affairs for couples. But after thirty years he wants to get out of the business. After a couple of decades, he now lacks tolerance for couples who want to compromise on the Continue reading

CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon M Chu Stars: Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Pierre Png, Ken Jeong, Jimmy O Yang, Ronny Chieng, Lisa Lu, Harry Shum jr, Chris Pang, Nico Santos, Janice Koh. A contemporary fairy tale set in Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians is a feel good crowd pleasing romcom, and more significantly it is one of the first films from a major Hollywood studio since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago to feature an all Asian cast. Rachel Chu (Constance Wu, from Fresh Off The Boat, etc) is an economics professor at a Continue reading

CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Cerise Howard

by GREG KING The 6th Czech and Slovak Film Festival acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring as well as the centenary of the establishment of Czeckoslovakia. This year the program focuses on some historic films from Czech filmmakers, including The Fireman’s Ball, Milos Forman’s final film in his native country before moving to the US. The Fireman’s Ball closes the festival this year. There is a special screening of Ecstasy, a 1933 film starring Heddy Lamarr, which will be accompanied by a live music score on the Melbourne Town Hall grand organ, played by Continue reading