VOYAGE OF THE SOUTHERN SUN – interview with Michael Smith

by GREG KING Michael Smith is the owner of Yarraville’s Sun Theatre. He also undertook his own adventure when he circumnavigated the world in his tiny amphibious flying boat to retrace the historical airmail routes of Qantas during the glory days of 1930’s aviation. Directed by Robert Murphy, who has shot the many short film trailers for the Sun Theatre, this documentary following Michael's journey features some spectacular footage and deserves to be seen on the big screen. Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Sun Theatre on Wednesday April 12, Greg spoke to Continue reading

MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with festival director Spiro Economopoulos

by GREG KING One of the highlights of our crowded film festival calendar is the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. This year the festival screens at ACMI from March 16-March 27. The opening night film is Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto. Also screening is Kelly’s second feature King Cobra, which has been described as the Boogie Nights of gay porn. Kelly will be a guest of the festival. As usual there are lots of great dramas from around the world exploring issues of sexuality, coming out and the gay experience. There are some local Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #214

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Jasper Jones,’ ‘Miss Sloane,’ ‘Logan,’ ‘Before I Fall,’ and ‘Alone In Berlin’. This episode also contains interviews with Jessica Chastain, Jai Love (Dead Hands Dig Deep), Rosie Jones (The Family), David Stratton (David Stratton: A Cinematic Life), Keith Sutliff (The Mason Brothers) and Nik Kacevski (Skinford). Make sure you also listen to this week’s episode for your chance to win a copy of Tracey Ullman’s Show on DVD thanks to our good friends at Acorn. For Continue reading

MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 REVIEWS

Now in its 27th year, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival has presented the best of queer cinema from Australia and around the world. The festival has continued to evolve, and this year the organisers present their largest and most diverse program yet, offering a mix of genres, documentaries and short film packages. The opening night film is I Am Michael, starring James Franco, and is based on the controversial life story of celebrated gay activist Michael Glatze. It also stars Zachary Quinto, from the rebooted Star Trek series. The closing night film is the comedy Women Who Continue reading

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kenneth Lonergan Stars: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle CHandler, Tate Donovan, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick, Stephen Henderson. Manchester By The Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film since Margaret, his troubled 2005 drama that was shelved for several years while embroiled in legal disputes. But his latest film marks a welcome return as this moving drama about grief and redemption has become one of the highly-favoured films in the lead up to the annual awards season. Lonergan delves into Continue reading