DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jonathan Sequeira.   This well-crafted, well-researched and sharply edited documentary serves up a warts and all look at the rise and turbulent times of seminal Australian rock band Radio Birdman. Formed in 1974 the band was at the forefront of the punk new wave scene in the 70s. The band came about when American-born aspiring medical student Deniz Tek shared a house in the Sydney suburb of Kensington with musician Ron Keeley. The band comprised Tek, lead singer and songwriter Rob Younger, Pip Hoyle, Warwick Continue reading

DUNKIRK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christopher Nolan Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, B arry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Jack Lowden. Films like Saving Private Ryan and Hacksaw Ridge have given us gritty, visceral and harrowing depictions of the horrors and carnage of war, and the senseless loss of young lives, and they have raised the bar of the war movie genre. With his latest film Dunkirk, writer/director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, etc) again Continue reading

WATCH THE SUNSET – interview with Damien Lipp

by GREG KING Written and directed by Tristan Barr, Watch The Sunset is a gritty new Australian crime drama about a man whose past catches up with him. Watch The Sunset tells the story of Danny (Barr) an ex-con and his small – and rightly terrified – family, over one brutal afternoon. This is a visceral, tense, nervous thriller that unfolds in one shot, in real time. It was shot in one continuous take. Greg spoke to cinematographer Damien Lipp about some of the challenges in shooting the film, the casting, and the influences on the Continue reading

DESPICABLE ME 3

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Kyle Balda, Eric Guillon, Pierre Coffin Stars: voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Jenny Slate, Steve Coogan, Pierre Coffin, Julie Andrews, Andy Nyman, Michael Beattie. With the successful Despicable Me franchise, Illumination Studios, the new kids on the block, have rivalled animation giants Pixar and Dreamworks who once set the bar. The success of the Despicable Me franchise is largely due to the scene stealing antics of the mischievous, diminutive and simple minded Continue reading

DOGS OF DEMOCRACY – interview with Mary Zournazi

by GREG KING Filmmaker Mary Zournazi visited Greece at the height of the financial crisis, and while in Athens she noticed all these dogs around the city square, and she saw that people would feed them. The interaction between the people and the dogs led to her shooting this documentary Dogs Of Democracy. This is also a story about community, history and culture. The film will screen as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on Sunday July 16. Greg spoke to Mary about the inspiration behind the film and the process of shooting the Continue reading