PARACINEMAFEST 2018 – interview with Ben Buckingham

by GREG KING A new film festival has claimed space in Melbourne's thriving and busy film festival calendar. Paracinema Fest hopes to open the city's film lovers' eyes to new boundary-pushing genre films embracing the wonderfully weird. Embracing all forms of transgressive visual media culture, Paracinema Fest is the mutation of high and low art, conjoining cinema academia with (not) guilty pleasure  films and everything inbetween. Highlights include the Melbourne premiere of An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn starring Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, and Craig Robinson; Continue reading

TRENCH – interview with Paul Anthony Nelson and Perri Cummings

by GREG KING In 2016 Greg spoke to Paul Anthony Nelson and Perri Cummings about their girl powered film noir Trench, which was shot in the style of a 40s film noir. Then they had started a crowd funding campaign to raise extra funding to finish off the final edit and post production work. Since then they have completed the film which follows failed comedian and fledgling private eye Sam Slade on her first investigation. Greg caught up with Paul and Perri about what has been happening with the film. Trench will be screening at the Lido on May 17 with both filmmakers Continue reading

THE 2018 ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL – interview with festival director Paul Harris

by GREG KING The 35th St Kilda Film Festival screens from May 17 – May 26. The festival is the longest running publicly owned short film festival. As well as screening the Top 100 Short Film Competition, there are plenty of other exciting programs, including SoundKILDA, Right There On My TV, the Guanajuato International Film Festival and a retrospective on local filmmaker David Batty. The opening night is at the Palais Theatre, with other screenings at the St Kilda Town Hall. Greg speaks to the festival’s long-time director Paul Harris, who celebrates 20 years Continue reading

INDONESIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Peter Krausz

by GREG KING The 13th annual Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) Australia features a line-up of six diverse Indonesian films. The event aims to celebrate Indonesia’s burgeoning cinema and promote the appreciation of Indonesian culture in Australia in an attempt to bridge the gap between these two major Asia Pacific nations that are geographically close yet cognitively apart. All films have English subtitles and will be followed by a Q&A session with guest filmmakers, hosted by film critic Peter Krausz. The Indonesian Film Festival screens from the 26th of April to Continue reading

2018 SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Paulette Arvizu

by GREG KING   The 21st Spanish Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country in April from April 17. The opening night film is the feel-good crowd-pleasing comedy The Tribe. There is also a retrospective on director Bigas Luna. And there is a special screening of the Oscar winning animated film Coco in Spanish. The closing night film is Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar winning fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth. Greg spoke to Paulette Arvizu to find out more about some of the films on offer at this year’s Continue reading