NO STONE UNTURNED – interview with Trevor Birney

by GREG KING No Stone Unturned is a new documentary from Alex Gibney. The film is a murder mystery that reveals the kind of secrets governments keep. In 1994, six people were gunned down as they watched the World Cup in a small pub in a village in Northern Ireland. Decades later, family members looking for answers discover a cover-up. Gibney reveals collusion between Loyalist paramilitaries and the British government in a hard-hitting investigation into the murder of six Catholics in a small pub in County Down in 1994. Trevor Birney is the film’s 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

HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS?

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Eddie Martin. Another warts-and-all documentary about another deeply troubled, self-obsessed and self-destructive artist wrestling with his personal demons and the high cost of fame. This local film charts the rise and fall and the highs and lows of Anthony Lister, a celebrated contemporary Australian street artist who was Brisbane’s answer to the notorious Banksy. Lister pioneered the street art movement in Brisbane, and he was engaged to paint traffic control boxes to make them less ugly. His art work challenged Continue reading

PECKING ORDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Slavko Martinov. Last year we saw Chicken People, a US documentary set against the background of competitive chicken raising, and we met three people obsessed with raising their chickens and competing in best of show competitions. This quirky and off beat New Zealand documentary explores some similar territory in warm and witty fashion. Pecking Order centres around the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club, a club which has a long and proud history. But in the lead up to the 2015 National Championships and Continue reading

KANGAROO – A LOVE HATE STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Michael McIntyre, Kate McIntyre Clere. Not to be confused with the 1986 adaptation of the controversial D H Lawrence novel that starred Judy Davis and Colin Friels, or even the 1952 drama that starred Maureen O’Hara and Peter Lawford, this Kangaroo is a documentary that explores the dichotomy of feelings for our iconic national symbol. The documentary has been produced by filmmaking couple Michael McIntyre (Aussie Rules The World) and Kate McIntyre Clere (Yogawoman) and is Continue reading