GOTTI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kevin Connolly Stars: John Travolta, Spencer Lofranco, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach, Pruitt Taylor Vince, William Demeo, Chris Mulkey, Lydia Hull, Leo Rossi, Donald John Volpenhein. New York mob boss John Gotti (played here by John Travolta) was known as the “dapper Don” for his stylish designer suits. He was also known as the "Teflon Don” because very few charges brought against him by the FBI actually stuck and resulted in convictions. This biopic about the gangster spans some thirty years and charts his ruthless rise to power 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

GURRUMUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Paul Williams. This is a reverential and respectful documentary about blind indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu, who died at the age of 46 in July 2017 from liver and kidney disease caused by hepatitis, which he contracted as a child. According to traditional aboriginal lore, after a person has died his name and image cannot be used. However, the tribal elders gave the filmmakers special dispensation here as they thought Gurrumul’s life and legacy was important. Gurrumul himself approved the documentary only 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

GOING FOR GOLD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clay Glen Stars: Kelli Berglund, Emily Morris, Terry Rogers, Elysia Markov, Daisy Anderson, Henry Turczynowicz, Ruth Natalie Fallon, Jess Kuss, Jo Stone. Bring It On Mean Girls? Emma Wilson (Kelli Berglund, from Raising The Bar, etc) is an American cheerleader whose life is turned upside down when she moves to Adelaide with her father, an Air Force officer. She quickly forms a friendship with her next-door neighbour Hannah (Emily Moore, also from Raising The Bar, etc), who is also a cheerleader. But thanks to the Continue reading