CONOR MCGREGOR: NOTORIOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Gavin Fitzgerald. Not to be confused with the 2009 biopic of rapper Notorious B I G, this documentary charts the rise from obscurity and poverty to wealth and success of mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor. Director Gavin Fitzgerald was granted lots of intimate access to McGregor over the four years of filming. We first meet him when he is living in his mother's house in rural Ireland, broke but full of ambition. He regularly trains in a run-down gym in Dublin. But he is determined to Continue reading

RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Nicholas Maksymow

by GREG KING The 14th Russian Resurrection Film Festival screens at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne from November 9-19. Now in its 14th year, this is now the largest festival of Russian cinema outside of Russia itself. This year the opening night film is Anna Karenina: Vronsky's Story, Karen Shakhnazarov's take on Tolstoy's classic tale told from a different perspective. The festival this year includes a retrospective on director Andrei Konchalovsky and there is a screening of two of his Hollywood films - Tango And Cash with Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell and the Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

NORMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joseph Cedar Stars: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenzai, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Harris Yulin, Hanz Azaria, Josh Charles, Isaach de Bankole, Ann Dowd. Richard Gere finds one of his best roles in quite some time in this quirky Jewish comedy from filmmaker Joseph Cedar. Norman is the English language feature debut for Cedar, who gave us 2011’s Footnote, which explored the complicated relationship between a father and son team of Talmudic scholars. Cedar’s films are quintessentially Jewish in Continue reading

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with festival director Nashen Moodley

by GREG KING The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 7 – June 18. The packed program features Q&As with filmmakers, documentaries, short films, animation programs, retrospective screenings and the Essential Kurosawa program curated by David Stratton, and new films from Terrence Malick, Bong Joon-Ho, Sofia Coppola, Michael Haneke, Kriv Stenders, and a new documentary on Julian Assange from  Laura Poitras (Citizen Four, etc). The festival opens with a screening of We Don’t Need A Map, the new film from Warwick Thornton, at the State Theatre. Greg spoke to festival Continue reading