DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gus Van Sant Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Udo Kier, Kim Gordon, Beth Ditto, Mark Webber, Tony Greenhand, Carrie Brownstone. The late US cartoonist John Callahan is not a household name, and is largely unheard of outside of the United States, which makes this quirky and unconventional biopic a bit of a hard sell. Callahan died in 2010. Set in Portland Oregon during the late 70s and early 80s this biopic looks at the life of Callahan (played here in a career best performance by Joaquin Phoenix), an Continue reading

LEAVE NO TRACE – interview with Debra Granik

by GREG KING Leave No Trace is a powerful drama about a damaged war veteran (played by Ben Foster) and his daughter Tom (New Zealand newcomer Thomasin McKenzie) who are living off the grid in a remote forest until they are discovered, and their world is dramatically changed. The film is based on the novel My Abandonment written by Peter Rock, and has been adapted to the screen by director Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone, etc). Greg had a chat with Debra to learn more about the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/dti3736l2ms8y65/230720_002.MP3/file Continue reading

DAMASCUS COVER – interview with Howard Kaplan

by GREG KING Damascus Cover is a spy thriller based on the novel written by Howard Kaplan in 1977. The film has been written and directed by first time feature film maker Daniel Zelik Berk, and it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jorgen Prochnow and John Hurt in his last performance. Greg chatted with Howard to find out more about his background in espionage, the process of adapting the novel for the screen, some of the changes to the book, casting the novel, and shooting in Morocco. http://www.mediafire.com/file/q46u7buemw4l4kg/230625_003.MP3/file Continue reading

DING DONG I’M GAY – interview with writer and creator Tim Spencer

by GREG KING Ding Dong I’m Gay is a new Australian comedic web series that follows Cameron, an overachieving people-pleaser who reluctantly takes on the role of hopeless fairy godmother when his newly out cousin Toby arrives on his Sydney doorstep looking for somewhere to live. Cameron sets out to teach Toby a thing or two about gay life. The light hearted web series features Tim Spencer, Remy Brand, Alex Lee, Sarah Bishop, and Rupert Raineri. The first three episodes are available via You Tube. Greg spoke to the show’s creator and writer Tim Continue reading

ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with David Batty

by GREG KING As part of the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival, there will be a retrospective on the career of filmmaker David Batty. He reflects on 35 years of filmmaking in remote Aboriginal Australia. There will be an opportunity to view rarely-screened gems from his vast archive of work interspersed with personal anecdotes in this interactive screening moderated by Batty’s close friend, writer Jim Buckell. After kick-starting his career in Alice Springs in the 1980s, David was instrumental in establishing the first television production unit at the Central Continue reading