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

DETROIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kathryn Bigelow Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Ben O'Toole, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimer, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell. The latest film from Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, etc) is a searing drama set in Detroit, Michigan, in the summer of 1967. This was the height of civil unrest and riots in major US cities, stemming from decades of racial inequality and injustice. In July 1967, a five-day riot erupted in the eponymous city following a police raid on an illegal Continue reading

DADDY’S HOME 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sean Anders Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, Alexandra Ambrosio, John Cena, Owen Vaccaro, Scarlett Estevez, Didi Costine. Not only do Christmas movies tend to be narkier and mean spirited in recent times, but they also seem to be hitting cinemas earlier. Even though it is only November we have three Christmas themed films in our multiplexes. There is Bad Moms 2, the home invasion black comedy Better Watch Out, and now we get Daddy's Home 2, the underwhelming Continue reading

THE VIPER’S HEX – interview with co-directors Addison Heath and Jasmine Jakupi and producer Dylan Heath

by GREG KING. The Viper's Hex is the fourth feature for Addison, whose previous film Mondo Yakuza was one of the hits of last year's Monsterfest. The Viper's Hex was shot in Japan over a period of five weeks. Addison, Jasmine and Dylan came into the studio for a lengthy chat about the film, shooting in Japan, their love of Japan and Yakuza cinema, and lots more in a wide-ranging interview. The Viper's Hex will screen as part of Monsterfest at the Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn on November Continue reading

INNUENDO – interview with cast and crew David Farrington, Pauline Grace, Charly Harrison and Heidi Salander

by GREG KING Innuendo is a dark and twisted tale from writer/director and star Saara Lamberg. It is her debut feature film, and has done well on the festival circuit. The film is screening at Melbourne's Cinema Nova on Friday October 20, with cast and crew in attendance for a Q&A session. Cast members David Farrington and Pauline Grace, and composer Charly Harrison and make-up artist and extra Heidi Salander joined Greg live in the 3WBC studios for a chat about the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/sdkcz0ct85l5te5/220929_001.MP3 Continue reading