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

EMO THE MUSICAL (MIFF 2016) – interview with Neil Triffett

by GREG KING Emo The Musical is the debut feature film for Neil Triffett, and is an extension of his 15 minute short film from 2014. As part of our MIFF coverage, Greg spoke to Neil about adapting the short film for this feature length version and about all things emo and musical. Emo The Musical premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016. The film hits cinemas across Australia from Thursday May 4. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/b5bsw2ctsqdiio6/210715_005.MP3 Continue reading

NANCY RIZK interview

by GREG KING   Australian actress Nancy Rizk is enjoying a very busy career at the moment. She is currently here in Melbourne filming She’s Not So Ordinary, a horror film based on the third novel in C A Milson’s Chosen franchise. She is set to appear in the second season of the webseries Counterplay, and will soon begin work on a new medical drama series Emergency LA, which will be filmed in Los Angeles. Greg caught up with Nancy to find out more about these projects. http://www.mediafire.com/file/b3zdl2gbj4b20bv/220227_003.MP3 Continue reading