CARGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Ben Howling, Yolande Ramke Stars: Martin Freeman, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes, Simone Landers, Kris McQuade, David Gulpilil, Caren Pistorious, Natasha Wanganeen, Bruce R Carter. A strange virus has wiped out most of the population, leaving behind hordes of the walking dead. When someone is bitten by these “zombies” they have 48 hours before they are turned into one of these undead. Set in a post-apocalyptic remote outback Australia, Cargo follows Andy (Martin Freeman, from The Hobbit trilogy) and his wife Kay (Susie Porter) Continue reading

CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Curran Stars: Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Bruce Dern, Kate Mara, Clancy Brown, Jim Fiore, Olivia Thirlby. This engaging historical docu-drama is a cynical study of corruption, ambition, power, the power of celebrity, the abuse of power, and family. Chappaquiddick centres around the scandal that surrounded Senator Ted Kennedy and the tragic drowning of political staffer Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969. The incident almost cost Kennedy his political career and certainly derailed his Continue reading

CARGO – Interview with Ben Howling and Yolande Ramke

by GREG KING Cargo has been described as a “zombie Walkabout.” It stars Martin Freeman (from The Hobbit trilogy, etc) as a man making his way through an apocalyptic wasteland to bring his young child to safety. Cargo began life as a short film in 2013 which screened at Tropfest and then found success on YouTube. Some four years later and creators Ben Howling and Yolande Ramke have translated their short film into a feature length film. The pair will attend some Q&A sessions and introduce the film. Cargo hits cinemas on May 17. Greg spoke to Ben and Yolande about Continue reading

ZELOS – interview with writer/producer Claire Harris

by GREG KING Zelos is an independently produced Australian dramedy, made with a majority female crew, including writer, producer, director, camera department. Although the film is written and directed by women if features a male protagonist. The film ask unique questions about young people navigating the complex world of on-line dating and real world dating. The film has been written by Claire Harris, who studied film at the AFTRS in Sydney, and directed by Jo-Anne Brechin. The film has enjoyed a run on the international film festival Continue reading

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luca Gaudagnino Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casa. Call Me By Your Name is a sensitive gay-themed coming of age story set in Crema, a sun-drenched rural part of Italy in the 1980s and it deals with themes of adolescence, obsession, desire, repressed sexuality, infatuation and identity. The film is based on the best-selling 2007 novel by Andre Aciman, and has been sensitively adapted to the screen by James Ivory, best known for his work with the late Ishmail Merchant. Elio Perlman (played by Continue reading