MIFF KIDS/MIFF SCHOOLS – interview with Melbourne International Film Festival programmer Thomas Caldwell

by GREG KING   The Melbourne International Film Festival screens from Aug 3 through until Aug 20. One of the strong programming strands has always been the Next Gen strand. This year it has been renamed as MIFF Kids and MIFF Schools. MIFF Kids has a focus on animated films, including a 25th anniversary screening of the classic Aladdin, while MIFF Schools draws upon films that can be used to support the school curriculum. In a specially curated program, this strand showcases film in those popular languages that students study like Continue reading

MESTEREN (THE MAN) – interview with Charlotte Sieling

by GREG KING The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is currently screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. One of the films screening is The Man (aka Mesteren), which looks at a dysfunctional father/son relationship and jealousy within the contemporary Copenhagen arts scene. The director is Charlotte Sileing, who has directed episodes of tv series like The Killing, Borgen, and US series Homeland.  Charlotte was in Melbourne to introduce screenings of her film and participate in Q&A sessions. Greg caught up with Charlotte to chat about her film and her 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

MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roshcdy Zem Stars: Omar Sy, James Thieree, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet, Noemie Lvovsky, Frederic Pierrot, Alice de Lencquesaing, Alec Pesces. A hit at the recent French Film Festival, this entertaining and lavish low budget film from France is an exploration of the origins of comedy. In the late nineteenth century, vaudeville and the circus were the pioneers of physical comedy. This biopic charts the rise and fall of Rafael Padilla (played here by Omar Sy, from The Intouchables, etc), a former slave from Cuba who was the Continue reading

DOGS OF DEMOCRACY – interview with Mary Zournazi

by GREG KING Filmmaker Mary Zournazi visited Greece at the height of the financial crisis, and while in Athens she noticed all these dogs around the city square, and she saw that people would feed them. The interaction between the people and the dogs led to her shooting this documentary Dogs Of Democracy. This is also a story about community, history and culture. The film will screen as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on Sunday July 16. Greg spoke to Mary about the inspiration behind the film and the process of shooting the Continue reading