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 Greek Film Festival 2017. Greg spoke to Mary about the inspiration behind the film and the process of shooting the Continue reading

MOUNTAIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jennifer Peedom. "The mountains we climb are not just rocks and ice, they are our dreams and desires." So says Willem Dafoe, who narrates this documentary that explores our obsession with climbing mountains and conquering lofty peaks. The mountains were here long before man came along, and they will be there long after we have gone. Three centuries ago the thought of climbing mountains was unthinkable, but now the idea seems to be on everybody's bucket lists. Mountains now exert some sort of seductive spell over Continue reading

MOTHER!

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Stephen McHattie, Kristen Wiig. This is the mother of all wtf did I just watch movies for 2017. This paranoid psychological horror thriller is one of the more complicated and divisive films to hit our screens and will polarise audiences. That is probably to be expected from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky though, whose films are deliberately provocative and have explored themes of religion, personal torment, love Continue reading

MAUDIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aisling Walsh Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Bennett, Billy MacLennan, Lawrence Barry. Most biopics of artists depict them as troubled, flawed characters suffering for their art and dealing with their own obsessions and insecurities and personal demons. Maudie is no different as it gives us a touching portrait of Maude Lewis, who was born in Nova Scotia in 1905, and, despite suffering from a debilitating illness, became one of Canada's most beloved folk artists. Maude (played here by Continue reading

MADAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Amanda Sthers Stars: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma, Michael Smiley, Tom Hughes. This slightly disappointing romantic comedy explores themes of class, status, prejudice, family, societal privilege, romance and the possibility of happy endings in real life. Anne (Toni Collette) and Bob (Harvey Keitel) are a married couple who divide their time between New York and their lavish home in Paris. But times are tough for the former golf instructor, and Bob is being forced to reluctantly sell a Continue reading