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

CARGO – Interview with Ben Howling and Yolande Ramke

by GREG KING Cargo has been described as a “zombie Walkabout.” It stars Martin Freeman (from The Hobbit trilogy, etc) as a man making his way through an apocalyptic wasteland to bring his young child to safety. Cargo began life as a short film in 2013 which screened at Tropfest and then found success on YouTube. Some four years later and creators Ben Howling and Yolande Ramke have translated their short film into a feature length film. The pair will attend some Q&A sessions and introduce the film. Cargo hits cinemas on May 17. Greg spoke to Ben and Yolande about Continue reading

OMEGA 1 – interview with Mark Edward Lewis

by GREG KING Omega 1 is a genetically enhanced weapon who searches for her lost identity in a post hacker-wars future. A data courier who must fight to piece together her past and uncover a conspiracy for global domination. Omega 1 is an animated sci-fi web series created by Mark Edward Lewis, who was once described as “the best kept secret in Hollywood.” Edwards writes, directs, edits, and even composes the music score for his films. Greg caught up with Mark in LA to chat about his film career and this four-part web Continue reading

AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Richard Sowada

by GREG KING   The American Essentials Film Festival screens at Kino Cinemas from May 10 and runs through until May 20. The festival screens some of the latest and best films from America’s independent film scene, and the films are chosen straight from some of the US’s top film festivals like Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca. The opening night film is the quirky romantic comedy The Boy Downstairs from director Sophie Brooks. There is a sidebar called Postcards From LA, featuring some classics like Chinatown, Shampoo and Michael Mann’s crime thriller Heat. And there is Continue reading

THE 2018 ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL – interview with festival director Paul Harris

by GREG KING The 35th St Kilda Film Festival screens from May 17 – May 26. The festival is the longest running publicly owned short film festival. As well as screening the Top 100 Short Film Competition, there are plenty of other exciting programs, including SoundKILDA, Right There On My TV, the Guanajuato International Film Festival and a retrospective on local filmmaker David Batty. The opening night is at the Palais Theatre, with other screenings at the St Kilda Town Hall. Greg speaks to the festival’s long-time director Paul Harris, who celebrates 20 years Continue reading