JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Eddie Tamir

by GREG KING The 2017 Jewish International Film Festival screens at the Lido and Classic Cinemas here in Melbourne from October 25 through to November 22. This year, the festival presents 65 films from across the globe that celebrate the remarkable diversity of Jewish culture and storytelling - from Israel, France and Australia, to the Yiddish-speaking neighbourhoods of Brooklyn. This year's program includes 38 features and 23 documentaries. The opening night film is Menashe, while the closing night film is The Rebel In The Rye, a drama about the young J D Salinger, Continue reading

BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Kim Petalas

by GREG KING The British Film Festival 2017 screens at Palace Cinemas from October 24. The opening night film is Breathe, the directorial debut from actor Andy Serkis, and this inspiring true story stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foye. The closing night film is the feel good Finding Your Feet. This year's retrospective screenings feature four star studded adaptations of classic Agatha Christie mysteries, including Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, Evil Under The Sun, and The Mirror Crack'd, featuring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple. There are also Continue reading

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – Interview with Chris Gerbing

by GREG KING   This year the Environmental Film Festival brings to the screen the best environmental films and perspectives, as well as showcasing some of the outstanding Australian voices making films exploring environmental issues. This year the program features 16 feature films, including one world premiere and two short film programs. The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is more than just a film festival; it is a catalyst for positive and sustainable change. The festival screens at ACMI from October 12-19. The opening Continue reading

GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Penny Kyprianou

by GREG KING                         Returning for its 24th edition, the Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival (GFF) will showcase the unique perspectives of modern Greek storytellers from all over the world. A plethora of award-winning features, documentaries and shorts make up this year's program which screens 11 - 22 October 2017 at The Astor Theatre and Palace Cinema Como in Melbourne. The 2017 program includes a diverse offering, including Yorgos Continue reading

CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Cerise Howard

by GREG KING   The 5th Czech and Slovak Film Festival screens at ACMI from September 14. The festival celebrates and promotes a contextualised range of classic and modern Czech and Slovak cinema┬áto both Australian and expatriate audiences. Programmed to the theme of "Neighbours", this year's landmark edition of the festival allows for consideration of much more than merely how the Czechs and Slovaks relate to one another. Opening the festival this year is The Line. Greg spoke to the festival's artistic director Cerise Howard to find out more Continue reading