WHITNEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Kevin MacDonald. This well researched and revealing film from Oscar winning filmmaker Kevin McDonald (Touching The Void, etc) is the second documentary in as many years charting the rise and tragic death of pop diva Whitney Houston. Whitney: Can I Be Me from British journalist and filmmaker Nick Broomfield centred more on her later years, depicting her decline through the drug abuse and her untimely death by drowning in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton at the age of 48. Broomfield’s documentary was more of a Continue reading

RBG

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Julie Cohen and Betsy West. Easily the best documentary to hit our screens so far this year, this engaging, insightful, inspiring and surprisingly entertaining documentary takes a look at the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a long serving and influential justice who sits on the bench of the US Supreme Court. At the age of 84 she is still full of energy, conviction and ideals, and she shows no sign of slowing down. A diminutive powerhouse with a sharp legal mind, she has become a significant voice of dissent Continue reading

BAM BAM – interview with Jemma Van Loenen

by GREG KING BAM BAM is a revealing documentary that follows Bianca Elmir, a Muslim female boxer in the lead up to the World Championships in 2016. It charts her successes and her set-backs as well as exploring how she is caught between two worlds and cultures. The film screens on July 14 at Backlot as part of the 2018 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Greg spoke to director Jemma Van Loenen to find out more ab out Bianca and the film itself. http://www.mediafire.com/file/f3fqo3csvx4e2uu/230615_001.MP3/file Continue reading

MIDNIGHT OIL 1984

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ray Argall. 1984 was a pivotal year for iconic Australian rock band Midnight Oil. Formed in the early 70s from Sydney’s vibrant north shore, Midnight Oil forged its reputation for energetic live shows in the pub rock scene, with front man Peter Garrett finishing their sets exhausted and bathed in sweat.  The band defiantly forged its own path, refusing to play on tv shows like Countdown or following the usual music business norms of drugs and hard partying. The band was also known for its support of environmental and Continue reading

GURRUMUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Paul Williams. This is a reverential and respectful documentary about blind indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu, who died at the age of 46 in July 2017 from liver and kidney disease caused by hepatitis, which he contracted as a child. According to traditional aboriginal lore, after a person has died his name and image cannot be used. However, the tribal elders gave the filmmakers special dispensation here as they thought Gurrumul’s life and legacy was important. Gurrumul himself approved the documentary only Continue reading