FRIENDS, FOES & FIREWORKS – interview with Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne

by GREG KING   Friends, Foes & Fireworks is a drama set around a New Year’s Eve party. It was shot entirely in one night and was largely improvised. Writers and directors Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne dropped by the studios to chat about the film and some of the challenges in shooting it. The film is having its premiere at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick on Wednesday March 21 at 7pm. Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fatih Akin Stars: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Ulrich Friedrich Brandhoff, Ulrich Krisch, Hanna Hilsdorf, Rafael Santana. Filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head On, etc) understands the prejudice that Turks and other immigrants experience in Germany. It is this understanding that shapes In The Fade, his latest film, a powerful, challenging and confronting drama about terrorism and prejudice. Europe is in the grip of a rise in terrorism, fundamental religion, and extremism, and Germany particularly seems to be experiencing a Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adam Robitel Stars: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Bruce Davison, Javier Botet, Marcus Henderson, Kirk Acevedo, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker, Pierce Pope. The fourth and (hopefully) final instalment in the supernatural Insidious franchise works as more of a prequel as it gives us the backstory of parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), who has been the mainstay of the series since its inception in 2011. In the Insidious timeline, The Last Key fits neatly between the original Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Craig Gillespie Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Paul Walter Hauser, Bobby Cannavale, Caitlin Carver, Bojana Novakovic, McKenna Grace, Anthony Reynolds, Ricky Russert. The world of figure skating hasn’t been this much fun since Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson took to the ice in the comedy Blades Of Glory. Based on the controversial real-life story of disgraced US champion figure skater Tonya Harding and the vicious attack that left her main rival Nancy Kerrigan crippled this bizarre tale once Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Spicer Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elisabeth Olsen, Wyatt Russell, O'Shea Jackson jr, Billy Magnussen. Another odd ball and quirky independent film that screened at the Melbourne International Film festival earlier in the year, this is a black comedy that offers a satirical take on the dangers of obsession, social media and the shallow nature of celebrity and fandom. This uncomfortable and disturbing film acts as a cautionary tale about the dangers of living in the virtual world of social media. The debut feature film directorial Continue reading