REFUGEE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Laura Stacey

by GREG KING As part of Refugee Week, the Cinema Nova is screening the Refugee Film Festival, which features a number of documentaries depicting the experiences of refugees, including some inspiring stories of refugees who have made a new home here in Australia. The festival runs from June18-June 23. The opening night film is The Staging Post. The screenings are accompanied by Q&A sessions. Greg spoke to Laura Stacey, the director of the Refugee Film Festival, to learn more about this unique and important film Continue reading

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with festival director Nashen Moodley

by GREG KING The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 7 – June 18. The packed program features Q&As with filmmakers, documentaries, short films, animation programs, retrospective screenings and the Essential Kurosawa program curated by David Stratton, and new films from Terrence Malick, Bong Joon-Ho, Sofia Coppola, Michael Haneke, Kriv Stenders, and a new documentary on Julian Assange from  Laura Poitras (Citizen Four, etc). The festival opens with a screening of We Don’t Need A Map, the new film from Warwick Thornton, at the State Theatre. Greg spoke to festival Continue reading

ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Paul Harris

by GREG KING The St Kilda Film Festival runs from May 18 through to May 27. The opening night is at the Palais Theatre, with other screenings at the St Kilda Town Hall. The program features the Top 100 shorts, there is retrospective on Graham Kennedy the iconic tv star, a program devoted to web series, a series of short films from Asia, and Soundkilda, featuring music video clips from the likes of Courtney Barnett and Dan Sultan. Greg spoke to long time festival director Paul Harris about the 2017 Continue reading

ESSENTIAL KUROSAWA – interview with James Hewison

by GREG KING Australian Centre For the Moving Image (ACMI), The Sydney Film Festival and the National Film and Sound Archive  present a special program of ten essential films by the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. This retrospective consists of some of the finest films made by one of cinema’s great directors, Akira Kurosawa. A master of action, Kurosawa was influenced by directors like John Ford and in turn influenced a younger generation of filmmakers, like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese. The program has been curated by David Stratton. It screens at ACMI Continue reading

ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2017 VIMEO SHOWCASE – interview with curator Jeffrey Bowers

by GREG KING Launched in 2004, Vimeo was founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share creative and personal moments from their lives. Now in it's 13th year, the video sharing platform is stronger than ever and responsible for bringing world class cinematography into the lives and lounge rooms of people the world over. Jeffrey Bowers is a Senior Curator at Vimeo, where his responsibilities include selecting Staff Picks, contributing to the Staff Pick Premieres program, and running the Vimeo On Demand curation. For the past four years he has curated VICE Continue reading