EDIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Hunter Stars: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Wendy Morgan, Amy Manson, Paul Brannigan. Edith Moon (veteran Sheila Hancock, from The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, etc) is an 85-year old widow who has spent the better part of her life caring for her wheelchair bound and domineering husband. She is preparing to move into an aged care facility. But when she visits the place to check it out she decides she is not quite ready for the move. While packing up her things she finds her diary in which she has written her thoughts Continue reading

IRISH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Enda Murray

by GREG KING The 4th Irish Film Festival screens at Melbourne’s Kino Cinemas from April 26 through to April 28. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland and a couple of the films in this year’s festival examine the legacy of the “troubles.” The opening night film is Maze, a dramatization of the 1983 mass breakout from the notorious Maze prison. There is also No Stone Unturned, a new documentary from Alex Gibney that probes a 1994 murder and the subsequent cover up. Greg spoke to the festival’s artistic director Enda Murray to Continue reading

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Eddie Tamir

by GREG KING The 2017 Jewish International Film Festival screens at the Lido and Classic Cinemas here in Melbourne from October 25 through to November 22. This year, the festival presents 65 films from across the globe that celebrate the remarkable diversity of Jewish culture and storytelling - from Israel, France and Australia, to the Yiddish-speaking neighbourhoods of Brooklyn. This year's program includes 38 features and 23 documentaries. The opening night film is Menashe, while the closing night film is The Rebel In The Rye, a drama about the young J D Salinger, Continue reading

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – Interview with Chris Gerbing

by GREG KING   This year the Environmental Film Festival brings to the screen the best environmental films and perspectives, as well as showcasing some of the outstanding Australian voices making films exploring environmental issues. This year the program features 16 feature films, including one world premiere and two short film programs. The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is more than just a film festival; it is a catalyst for positive and sustainable change. The festival screens at ACMI from October 12-19. The opening Continue reading

2017 LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL – interview with festival director Elyssia Zeccola-Hill

by GREG KING The 2017 Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country from September 12. The opening night film is the comedy Let Yourself Go!, while the closing night film this year is Roberto Benigni's Oscar winning Life Is Beautiful. Screening during the festival is a range of contemporary comedies and dramas and award-winning films. This year the festival has a critics' prize, and six films are in competition. Greg speaks to festival director Elyssia Zeccola-Hill to find out more about what is on offer during the festival this Continue reading