ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Nina Rodriguez, head of programming for the Guanajuato International Film Festival

by GREG KING One of the special programs that will be part of the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival is a presentation from the Guanajuato International Film Festival. The Guanajuato International Film Festival is Mexico’s largest film festival, and over the past two decades it has brought emerging talents together with world-renowned experts of the moving image. In 2017 GIFF received over 3,400 films from 120 countries. GIFF celebrates, supports and awards the next generation of filmmakers. Nina Rodriguez is the Head of Programming for the Guanajuanto International Film Continue reading

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