THAT’S NOT MY DOG – interview with Dean Murphy

by GREG KING The film centres around a party that the affable Shane Jacobson threw. He invited along thirty of the funniest people he knows – the likes of Jimeoin, Paul Hogan, Marty Fields – and musicians like Russell Morris and the Black Sorrows. The film celebrates our love of telling jokes. That's Not My Dog screens at selected cinemas from March 15-March 18. Greg spoke to director Dean Murphy about putting the party and the film together. Continue reading

THE LIFE I’VE SEEN – interview with Dean Ginsburg

by GREG KING The Life I’ve Seen is a short film that is a reflection of Shirley Affleck’s life growing up in the Western Australian wheatbelt in the 1940s and 50s. The 92-year old grandmother’s life is created through found reels of 8mm film reels. The 5-minute film was directed by Sydney based filmmaker Dean Ginsburg, who has made a number of commercials and short films. The Life I’ve Seen is one of the 16 finalists for Tropfest 2018, which will be held in Sydney on Saturday February 17th. The judging panel for this year’s Tropfest is led by Oscar Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christian Gudegast Stars: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson jr, 50 Cent, Dawn Olivieri, Maurice Compte, Brian Van Horn, Evan Jones, Mo McRae, Eric Braeden, Jordan Bridges, Cooper Andrews. The DNA of Michael Mann’s classic 1995 heist thriller Heat runs through the structure and plotting of this gritty, violent, contemporary urban crime drama. Los Angeles is the bank robbery capital of the US, with a bank robbery committed on average every 48 minutes every day. The gang of highly organised and efficient robbers here Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgard, Ingjerd Egeberg, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern, Margot Martindale, James Van Der Beek, Maribeth Monroe, Mary Kay Place, Joaquim de Almeida. It’s a small world after all? In the not too distant future, Norwegian scientist Dr Jorgen Asbjonsen (Rolf Lassgard) has come up with a radical solution for a world concerned with overpopulation and rapidly diminishing resources. He and his colleagues have figured out a 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