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

DON’T TELL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tori Garrett Stars: Jack Thompson, Aden Young, Sara West, Rachel Griffiths, Susie Porter, Martin Sacks, Robert Taylor, Jacqueline McKenzie, Robert Coleby, Gyton Grantley, Kiara Freeman, Leeanna Walsman, Ashlee Lollback, Caroline Kennison. Based on a true story, this Australian courtroom drama shares a common theme with the Oscar winning drama Spotlight. Both films deal with themes of sexual abuse, cover ups, abuse of power, truth, justice and the courage to fight against injustice. While that film depicted the Boston Globe’s Continue reading

DENIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mick Jackson Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Harriet Walter, Jack Lowden, Alex Jennings, Mark Gatiss, Caren Pistorius, John Sessions. The well-acted and intelligent courtroom drama Denial is a dramatic depiction of the real life high profile 1996 libel trial in which controversial historian and Holocaust denier David Irving (here played by Timothy Spall) sued American academic and historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) for libel over comments she made about him in her book Denying The Holocaust: The Continue reading

DANCE ACADEMY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeffrey Walker Stars: Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Jordan Rodrigues, Thomas Lacey, Keiynan Lonsdale, Dena Kaplan, Nic Westaway, Tara Morice, Miranda Otto, Julia Blake, Matt Day, Mitchell Butel, Lewis Fitzgerald. Unlike some recent feature film adaptations of television series, this big screen version of Dance Academy mainly gets the formula right. The popular ABC series Dance Academy ran for three years, and it followed the triumphs and disappointments of a group of kids as they underwent dance training at the prestigious Continue reading

DANCE ACADEMY THE MOVIE – interview with Joanna Werner

by GREG KING Dance Academy The Movie hits cinemas on April 6. This feature film is based on the popular ABC tv series that has screened in many countries around the world. In the film we catch up with some of the key characters and find out what they have been doing. Importantly most of the key cast have returned, as has director Jeffrey Walker, writer Samantha Strauss and co-creator and producer Joanna Werner (Secret City, etc). Greg spoke to Joanna about getting the cast and crew together for the film after so long, casting Miranda Otto, and shooting scenes in New Continue reading