FINAL PORTRAIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stanley Tucci Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Tony Shalhoub, Clemence Poesy, Sylvie Testud, James Faulkner. In 1966, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Alberto Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. In 1964 he had painted a portrait of American journalist and art lover 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. Giacometti was Continue reading

47 METERS DOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Johannes Roberts Stars: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura. Swimming with sharks, again? Ever since Jaws hit the big screen in 1975, there have been many other films that have played on our innate fear of the predators of the deep - films like The Reef, Open Water and more recently The Shallows with Blake Lively, which have pitted humans against rapacious killer sharks. And just when you thought it was safe to go back into a cinema along comes 47 Meters Down, a low budget, slightly Continue reading

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