MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

JUNGLE – interview with producer Gary Hamilton

by GREG KING Gary Hamilton's career in the arts and entertainment industry spans over 30 years. He has played a pivotal role in launching the careers of such international superstars as Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Jackman and Heath Ledger. In 2002, Hamilton founded Arclight Films, one of the world's leading independent film sales companies, which has produced films such as Wolf Creek, Predestination, and more. His latest production is the adventure Jungle, which is based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who spent three weeks stranded in the Continue reading

THE DRAMA CLUB – interview with Joe McLean

By GREG KING In the low budget film, The Drama Club a group of friends who used to be in their high school drama club get together for a twenty year reunion. Secrets are revealed and there are revelations. Think a micro budget version of the 80s classic The Big Chill. Greg caught up with writer/director Joe McLean to discuss the origins of the film, the casting, the soundtrack and a lot more. http://www.mediafire.com/file/m5tns33h35qzwt4/220628_001.MP3 Continue reading

SECRET MATTERS – interview with Janos Zoltan

by GREG KING Another short film screening at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is Janos Zoltan’s Secret Matters, which looks at Gerald Murnane, regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative authors. Zoltan spent some time with the reclusive author for this revealing 20-minute documentary. Greg spoke to Janos to find out more about the film which is screening at the Nova on Sunday July 16. http://www.mediafire.com/file/1iq5md77r508ytm/220623_001.MP3 Continue reading

THE GATEWAY BUG – interview with Johanna B Kelly

by GREG KING Entomophagy is the nutritional value of eating insects, and in this new documentary Johanna B Kelly explores how changing our diets can also have a positive effect on the environment. The Gateway Bug screens at the Cinema Nova on July 16 as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Greg had a chat to Johanna about the origins of the movie, the research, the kickstarter funding campaign and the process of shaping the 100 hours of footage into what we see on screen. http://www.mediafire.com/file/jpdwhkig48qbmsz/220622_001.MP3 Continue reading