WHITELEY – interview with James Bogle

by GREG KING Brett Whiteley is one of Australia’s most revered and probably controversial artists, known for his expressionistic approach. It is 25 years since he died, which gives the documentary a special relevance. Whiteley is a new documentary that gives us plenty of insight into his life, his work and legacy. Greg speaks to director James Bogle about the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/7758jzvh4y205zh/220405_001.MP3 Continue reading

VOYAGE OF THE SOUTHERN SUN – interview with Michael Smith

by GREG KING Michael Smith is the owner of Yarraville’s Sun Theatre. He also undertook his own adventure when he circumnavigated the world in his tiny amphibious flying boat to retrace the historical airmail routes of Qantas during the glory days of 1930’s aviation. Directed by Robert Murphy, who has shot the many short film trailers for the Sun Theatre, this documentary following Michael's journey features some spectacular footage and deserves to be seen on the big screen. Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Sun Theatre on Wednesday April 12, Greg spoke to Continue reading

ZACH’S CEREMONY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Aaron Petersen. This documentary follows 16-year-old indigenous youth Zach Doomadgee as he prepares for his traditional initiation ceremony, a rite of passage into manhood for aboriginal boys. Outwardly Zach is a typical Sydney teenager, rebellious, resisting parental pressures and experimenting with drugs and alcohol. But Zach is also caught between two cultures – his aboriginal heritage and his life in bustling Sydney - he is finding it hard to fit in and struggling to find his own identity. In some regards the film Continue reading

ZACH’S CEREMONY – interview with director Aaron Petersen and Alec Doomadgee

by GREG KING Zach Doomadgee is an indigenous teenager caught between two worlds -the bustling modernity of his home in Sydney and the proud culture of his father. This observational documentary traces Zach’s coming of age story as he prepares for a traditional aboriginal rite of initiation. Zach's Ceremony is having a series of event screenings around the country with both Aaron and Alec appearing for some Q&A sessions. Greg speaks to Aaron and Alec about the long journey of bringing the film to the screen, and what they hope audiences will take away from the Continue reading

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Otto Bell. This is one of the most gorgeous and visually stunning documentaries I’ve seen in a long time. First time feature documentary filmmaker Otto Bell, who comes from a background in advertising, gives us a rare glimpse into to lives and traditions of the nomadic Kazakh tribespeople who live in the remote foothills of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia. We’ve seen a couple of fictional dramas set in this world, with The Story Of The Weeping Camel in 2003 and Tulpan in 2008, but this documentary Continue reading