IRISH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Enda Murray

by GREG KING The 4th Irish Film Festival screens at Melbourne’s Kino Cinemas from April 26 through to April 28. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland and a couple of the films in this year’s festival examine the legacy of the “troubles.” The opening night film is Maze, a dramatization of the 1983 mass breakout from the notorious Maze prison. There is also No Stone Unturned, a new documentary from Alex Gibney that probes a 1994 murder and the subsequent cover up. Greg spoke to the festival’s artistic director Enda Murray to Continue reading

ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with David Batty

by GREG KING As part of the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival, there will be a retrospective on the career of filmmaker David Batty. He reflects on 35 years of filmmaking in remote Aboriginal Australia. There will be an opportunity to view rarely-screened gems from his vast archive of work interspersed with personal anecdotes in this interactive screening moderated by Batty’s close friend, writer Jim Buckell. After kick-starting his career in Alice Springs in the 1980s, David was instrumental in establishing the first television production unit at the Central Continue reading

INDONESIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Peter Krausz

by GREG KING The 13th annual Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) Australia features a line-up of six diverse Indonesian films. The event aims to celebrate Indonesia’s burgeoning cinema and promote the appreciation of Indonesian culture in Australia in an attempt to bridge the gap between these two major Asia Pacific nations that are geographically close yet cognitively apart. All films have English subtitles and will be followed by a Q&A session with guest filmmakers, hosted by film critic Peter Krausz. The Indonesian Film Festival screens from the 26th of April to Continue reading

ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Nina Rodriguez, head of programming for the Guanajuato International Film Festival

by GREG KING One of the special programs that will be part of the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival is a presentation from the Guanajuato International Film Festival. The Guanajuato International Film Festival is Mexico’s largest film festival, and over the past two decades it has brought emerging talents together with world-renowned experts of the moving image. In 2017 GIFF received over 3,400 films from 120 countries. GIFF celebrates, supports and awards the next generation of filmmakers. Nina Rodriguez is the Head of Programming for the Guanajuanto International Film Continue reading

2018 SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Paulette Arvizu

by GREG KING   The 21st Spanish Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country in April from April 17. The opening night film is the feel-good crowd-pleasing comedy The Tribe. There is also a retrospective on director Bigas Luna. And there is a special screening of the Oscar winning animated film Coco in Spanish. The closing night film is Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar winning fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth. Greg spoke to Paulette Arvizu to find out more about some of the films on offer at this year’s Continue reading