MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY – interview with Francis Lee

by GREG KING God's Own Country is a gay themed romance set on the bleak moors of Yorkshire - sort of like Wuthering Heights meets Brokeback Mountain if you will. But the film deals with some big issues as well, such as European immigration, class, sexuality. It is the debut feature from actor turned director Francis Lee. Greg caught up with Francis while he was in town to introduce screenings of the film at the Melbourne International Film Festival to find out more about the making of the film and some of the influences that shaped it. God's Own Country hits Continue reading

ARAB FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Fadia Aboud

by GREG KING   The 14th Arab Film Festival screens in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra in August. In Melbourne, the festival screens at the Cinema Nova from August 25-August 27. The festival aims to foster understanding and acceptance of different cultures with a handful of feature films and short films from the Arab diaspora. There is even a film from Australia this year with the romantic comedy Ali's Wedding. There is a focus on women and how they deal with prejudice and a largely patriarchal society, but a couple of films also look at how men Continue reading

FIRST GIRL I LOVED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kerem Sanga Stars: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Pamela Adlon, Tim Heidecker, Cameron Esposito, Jennifer Prediger, Ana Dela Cruz, Erik Griffin. The pain of first love is explored in this low key coming of age drama which was one of the breakout hits of the Sundance Film Festival. Anne Smith (Dylan Gelula, from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, etc) is a 17-year old high school student who lives at home with her single mother (Pamela Adlon, from Better Things, etc), a therapist. She works as a photographer for the Continue reading

25 TRACKS – interview with Fiona Cochrane

by GREG KING 25 Tracks is a documentary looking at Cath Sheahan and Nick Larkins, two indie singer songwriters from Melbourne who planned to record and release a new song, every two weeks of the year. They invited local filmmaker Fiona Cochrane to record their project, and the result is this 52-minute documentary. Greg spoke to Fiona about her film career and the origins of 25 Tracks, which is screening as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. http://www.mediafire.com/file/zccn9xq2b1wnpcn/220623_003.MP3 Continue reading