SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with festival director Nashen Moodley

by GREG KING The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 6 to June 17. Once again festival director Nashen Moodley has put together an impressive program that features over 250 films from across the globe. There will also be retrospective screenings, talks, parties and Q&As featuring international and local filmmakers. The opening night film is the New Zealand comedy The Breaker Upperers. Greg chatted to festival director Nashen Moodley to find out some of the highlights from this year’ offerings. http://www.mediafire.com/file/1cbed4d6v2xanvc/230511_001.MP3/file Continue reading

BREATH OF FRESH AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – REVIEWS

The Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival screened in Launceston, Tasmania, from May 17-20. ALL FILMES REVIEWED BY GREG KING PECKING ORDER. Last year we saw Chicken People, a US documentary set against the background of competitive chicken raising, and we met three people obsessed with raising their chickens and competing in best of show competitions. This quirky and off beat New Zealand documentary explores some similar territory in warm and witty fashion. Pecking Order centres around the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club, a club which has a long and Continue reading

GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with co-ordinator Bettina Kinski

by GREG KING After a hiatus in 2017, the German Film Festival returns to Palace cinemas in May, with a packed program. The opening night film is the award-winning drama The Silent Revolution, while closing night sees a special screening of a restored print of Wim Wenders’ 1987 film Wings Of Desire. There is also a special program of screenings aimed at children and school groups and a short film program. The festival screens here in Melbourne at the Kino and Como Cinemas from May 24-June 10. Greg spoke to the festival’s co-ordinator Bettina Kinski to learn Continue reading

AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Richard Sowada

by GREG KING   The American Essentials Film Festival screens at Kino Cinemas from May 10 and runs through until May 20. The festival screens some of the latest and best films from America’s independent film scene, and the films are chosen straight from some of the US’s top film festivals like Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca. The opening night film is the quirky romantic comedy The Boy Downstairs from director Sophie Brooks. There is a sidebar called Postcards From LA, featuring some classics like Chinatown, Shampoo and Michael Mann’s crime thriller Heat. And there is Continue reading

THE 2018 ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL – interview with festival director Paul Harris

by GREG KING The 35th St Kilda Film Festival screens from May 17 – May 26. The festival is the longest running publicly owned short film festival. As well as screening the Top 100 Short Film Competition, there are plenty of other exciting programs, including SoundKILDA, Right There On My TV, the Guanajuato International Film Festival and a retrospective on local filmmaker David Batty. The opening night is at the Palais Theatre, with other screenings at the St Kilda Town Hall. Greg speaks to the festival’s long-time director Paul Harris, who celebrates 20 years Continue reading