MIDNIGHT OIL 1984

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ray Argall. 1984 was a pivotal year for iconic Australian rock band Midnight Oil. Formed in the early 70s from Sydney’s vibrant north shore, Midnight Oil forged its reputation for energetic live shows in the pub rock scene, with front man Peter Garrett finishing their sets exhausted and bathed in sweat.  The band defiantly forged its own path, refusing to play on tv shows like Countdown or following the usual music business norms of drugs and hard partying. The band was also known for its support of environmental and Continue reading

OMEGA 1 – interview with Mark Edward Lewis

by GREG KING Omega 1 is a genetically enhanced weapon who searches for her lost identity in a post hacker-wars future. A data courier who must fight to piece together her past and uncover a conspiracy for global domination. Omega 1 is an animated sci-fi web series created by Mark Edward Lewis, who was once described as “the best kept secret in Hollywood.” Edwards writes, directs, edits, and even composes the music score for his films. Greg caught up with Mark in LA to chat about his film career and this four-part web Continue reading

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