THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY – interview with Mike Newell

by GREG KING The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is based on the best selling novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This romantic mystery follows Julie Ashton, a best-selling author who journeys to the windswept island of Guernsey in 1946 after receiving a letter from one of the inhabitants which piques her curiosity. She meets the titular oddball group that was formed during the German occupation of the island and learns about their hardships. This story of courage and loyalty has been directed by Mike Continue reading

MARY MAGDALENE

Reviewed by Greg King Director: Garth Davis Stars: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahin, Denis Menochet, Tcheky Karyo, Ryan Corr. In the 50s, Biblical films were extremely popular, with sweeping epics like the Oscar winning Ben Hur and the spectacular The Ten Commandments scoring at the box office. These stories drawn from the Bible featured timeless themes of good versus evil and epic battles. But in the 60s their popularity seemed to wane. More modern takes on Bible stories have tended to be revisionist in nature – Martin Scorsese’s Continue reading

KANGAROO – interview with Michael McIntyre and Kate McIntyre-Clere

by GREG KING The kangaroo is a national icon and the symbol of Australia – it adorns our national airline – and is one of the top tourist attractions for international visitors. But there are some people, like farmers, who see the kangaroo as a pest. Thousands are killed each year, but more and more it seems the killing is justified for commercial reasons as a lot of kangaroos are used for meat and other products. Filmmakers Michael McIntyre and Kate McIntyre-Clere spent four years working on this confronting, powerful and eye-opening documentary that looks at out Continue reading

MARY MAGDALENE – interview with Garth Davis

by GREG KING Mary Magdalene is a unique take on the Biblical story of Jesus, and it seeks to redress the popular misconception of Mary as a prostitute. Rather the film depicts her as one of the most ardent of Jesus’ disciples and believers and tells the familiar story from her perspective. The film stars Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. Greg spoke to director Garth Davis about the film, which his follow up to the acclaimed, award winning drama Lion. http://www.mediafire.com/file/chikrf36k6o432l/230225_001.MP3 Continue reading

MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Program Manager Spiro Economopoulos

by GREG KING   The Melbourne Queer Film Festival continues to showcase the best in LGBTIQ cinema from around the world. This year the festival features some 120 features, documentaries and short films, including two Australian feature debuts. The opening night film is Freak Show, the closing night film is Becks. Highlights include Love, Simon, a queer coming of age film that will get a commercial release shortly after the festival, and a screening of Prick Up Your Ears, a biopic of playwright Joe Continue reading