HOTEL COOLGARDIE – interview with Pete Gleeson

by GREG KING On a dusty highway between Australia's most isolated city and its largest gold pit lies Coolgardie - where the arrival every three months of a new pair of foreign backpackers to work the only bar in town is a keenly anticipated event. Fresh off the plane and lured by the promise of an authentic outback experience, Finnish travellers Lina and Steph find themselves en route to a dot on the map - to pour beers, replenish depleted travel funds, and live amongst the locals. But their working holiday quickly deteriorates into a baptism of fire. Hotel Coolgardie is Continue reading

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg Stars: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Bruce Spence, Stephen Graham, Martin Klebba, Adam Brown, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Paul McCartney. Pirates just want to have fun! This is the fifth instalment in the successful film franchise originally based on the Pirates Of The Caribbean theme ride at Disneyland, and the series has so far grossed over $3.7 billion at the box office, making it one of the Continue reading

ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Paul Harris

by GREG KING The St Kilda Film Festival runs from May 18 through to May 27. The opening night is at the Palais Theatre, with other screenings at the St Kilda Town Hall. The program features the Top 100 shorts, there is retrospective on Graham Kennedy the iconic tv star, a program devoted to web series, a series of short films from Asia, and Soundkilda, featuring music video clips from the likes of Courtney Barnett and Dan Sultan. Greg spoke to long time festival director Paul Harris about the 2017 Continue reading

PORK PIE – interview with Matt Murphy

by GREG KING Pork Pie is a fast paced road movie about three misfits who travel from one end of New Zealand to the other in a stolen mini Cooper. The film is a remake of New Zealand filmmaker Geoff Murphy’s seminal road movie which helped kick start the New Zealand film industry. Ironically this remake is directed by Murphy’s own son Matt, a director of slick commercials making his feature film debut. Greg spoke to Matt about the five-year process of developing the script, the casting, and the challenges of shooting the car chase Continue reading

PORK PIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matt Murphy Stars: James Rolletson, Dean O'Gorman, Ashleigh Cummings, Antonia Prebble, Geraldine Brophy, Matt Whelan.   Along with Roger Donaldson’s 1977 political thriller Sleeping Dogs (which introduced us to Sam Neill), Geoff Murphy’s fast paced 1981 road movie Goodbye Pork Pie was one of the seminal films in putting New Zealand on the map and establishing the country’s modern film industry. Up until then the bulk of New Zealand productions were documentaries. Pork Pie is a crowd pleasing and fast paced remake of Continue reading