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

PERSONAL SHOPPER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivier Assayas Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Nora von Waldstatten, Ty Olwin, Hammou Graia. Kristen Stewart is one of the more interesting actresses of her generation. Following the success of the tween vampire series Twilight, which gave her a higher profile, she has chosen to appear in intriguing and smaller budget art house fare and independent films like Adventureland, Welcome To The Rileys, Still Alice, etc; she played rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways; she has appeared in big budget fantasy films like Continue reading

POWER RANGERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dean Israelite Stars: Dacre Montgomery, Elizabeth Banks, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader. A series about a group of teenagers given super powers by an alien, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were popular on tv in the 90s. Created by Haim Saban, the show adapted some stock footage from a Japanese series as well as creating new adventures. There was also a feature length movie produced in 1995, and several spin offs, and a range of toy action figures, comic books and video games. Costing some Continue reading