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

JUNGLE – interview with producer Gary Hamilton

by GREG KING Gary Hamilton's career in the arts and entertainment industry spans over 30 years. He has played a pivotal role in launching the careers of such international superstars as Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Jackman and Heath Ledger. In 2002, Hamilton founded Arclight Films, one of the world's leading independent film sales companies, which has produced films such as Wolf Creek, Predestination, and more. His latest production is the adventure Jungle, which is based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who spent three weeks stranded in the 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

MIFF KIDS/MIFF SCHOOLS – interview with Melbourne International Film Festival programmer Thomas Caldwell

by GREG KING   The Melbourne International Film Festival screens from Aug 3 through until Aug 20. One of the strong programming strands has always been the Next Gen strand. This year it has been renamed as MIFF Kids and MIFF Schools. MIFF Kids has a focus on animated films, including a 25th anniversary screening of the classic Aladdin, while MIFF Schools draws upon films that can be used to support the school curriculum. In a specially curated program, this strand showcases film in those popular languages that students study like Continue reading