MEAL TICKETS – interview with Mat de Koning

by GREG KING Meal Tickets is a documentary that follows the lives of high school band mates trying to find success in the music industry. Film maker Mat de Koning met Mitch, Ben, Lee and Charlie at a Perth high school. The four mates went on to form the punk band The Screwtop Detonators, while Mat filmed their journey. Beginning with their tour of the US, Mat followed the band through its highs and lows, as they try to find success in a music industry that was changing due to technology and social media. Mat spent nearly ten years on the film and shot some Continue reading

FACES PLACES

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Agnes Varda, JR. Diminutive 88-year old filmmaker Agnes Varda (The Gleaners And I, etc) returns to the screen with this whimsical road journey documentary, her first feature film in nine years. Here she teams up with 33-year old French visual artist and film director known simply as JR, known for his large scale photographic murals, and the results are a delight to watch. JR continually sports his signature dark glasses, which he never takes off much to Varda’s frustration, and trilby hat. Continue reading

BIG IN JAPAN – interview with David Elliot-Jones and Louis Dai

by GREG KING In the documentary Big In Japan, Melbourne filmmaking trio Lachlan McLeod (director), Louis Dai (editor) and David Elliot-Jones explore the nature of fame and the culture of fame, in a world where Facebook and YouTube can make instant celebrities. The trio journeyed to Japan, where the people seem to worship foreign talents. The title itself refers to the phenomenon of Western fame in Japan. The three filmmakers embark on a mission to see if they can make Dave - a 26-year old nobody - famous. The film was four years in the making. Greg spoke to David and Continue reading

CONOR MCGREGOR: NOTORIOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Gavin Fitzgerald. Not to be confused with the 2009 biopic of rapper Notorious B I G, this documentary charts the rise from obscurity and poverty to wealth and success of mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor. Director Gavin Fitzgerald was granted lots of intimate access to McGregor over the four years of filming. We first meet him when he is living in his mother's house in rural Ireland, broke but full of ambition. He regularly trains in a run-down gym in Dublin. But he is determined to Continue reading

SCHOOL LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Neesa Ni Chianain. This is an observational fly on the wall documentary that spends a year at Headfort, the only remaining boarding school in Ireland for primary aged children aged between 7 and 12. Entrenched in a sense of history and tradition, the school itself has been around since 1949 and has a holistic approach to education. The school is situated on an 18th century estate in the idyllic Irish countryside. Filmmaker Neesa Ni Chianain and her co-director David Rane spent twelve months embedded in the school, Continue reading