LOVING VINCENT – interview with Andrew Grimmer

by GREG KING Loving Vincent is a Polish UK co-production that looks at the mystery surrounding the death of Vincent Van Gogh. It is based on a letter that Van Gogh wrote in the week before he died. This unique film was shot with actors, then painted over frame by frame by hand, with oil paints to replicate Van Gogh's style. Some 62000 oil paintings to make the world's first painted animated film. It was a massive task, with some 100 artists working on the film. Two directors worked on the film - the husband and wife team of Dorota Kobeila, an animator from Poland, Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – week 2 reviews

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. The Stanford Prison Experiment meets Battle Royale? Belko is a US non-profit organisation based in Bogota in Colombia, which works to facilitate American businesses wanting to operate in South America. One day though an unusually high level of security seems to be visible around the high rise office building. As the employees go about their business, a wall of steel shutters surrounds the building and a mysterious voice suddenly comes over the PA system Continue reading

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – interview with Luca Guadagnino

by GREG KING Call Me By Your Name is a sensitive coming of age story set in a sun-drenched rural part of Italy in the 1980s. It is based on the novel by Andre Aciman, and tells the story of 17 year old Elio (Timothee Chalamet), the son of a respected archaeologist, who is attracted to Oliver (Armie Hammer), the American intern who spends the summer with his family. Greg spoke to director Luca Guadagnino about making the film, the appeal of the story to him, and working with the two stars. Guadagnino was in town for the film's premiere at Continue reading

LADY MACBETH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: William Oldroyd Stars: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank, Bill Fellows, Golda Roshuevel. Nothing to do with Shakespeare’s classic Scottish play about murder, intrigue and regicide, Lady Macbeth is actually an adaptation of Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk District, a nineteenth century novella written by Russian author Nikolai Leskov. The novella has been adapted as an opera in 1934 and was previously filmed in 1962 by the late Polish director Andrez Wajda. But this period drama does share a Continue reading

THE WITNESS ARTICLES – interview with Lauren Simpson, Erik Magnusson and Richard De Carvalho

by GREG KING The Witness Articles is an Australian-produced new horror adventure web-series that is rapidly gaining a cult following for its complex plotlines and high level production values. The series follows Boston-based journalist Ethan Sommers (played by Tristan McKinnon) as he investigates terrifying paranormal; encounters. The series has its roots in the classic horror movies of yesteryear as well as tv series like The Twilight Zone and even The X-Files. The fourth episode in the series, which was released on June 16, is titled Where The Jackal Sleeps, and is the Continue reading