AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with artistic director Richard Sowada

by GREG KING The American Essentials Film Festival 2017 screens at Palace Cinemas around Australia in May. This specially curated program features a range of the latest and most vibrant new independent films from America, with some filmmakers in the early stages of their careers. There is also a Masters and Masterpieces sidebar that features newly restored prints of some classics like The Graduate, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. All the new works are drawn fresh from some of the top international film festivals, like Venice, Sundance, Toronto and SXSW. Continue reading

CLASH – Interview with ACMI programmer Roberta Ciabarra

by GREG KING From March 30, ACMI is screening Mohamed Diab’s brilliant film Clash, a claustrophobic drama set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. This powerful Egyptian drama is set during the so-called Arab Spring, a time of revolution in the days immediately following the overthrow of President Morsi, and the civil unrest that ensued as police clashed with demonstrators. The police indiscriminately arrested many of the demonstrators and threw them in the back of a police prison wagon. Thus there was a mix of detainees from different religious and political Continue reading


This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘The Great Wall,’ ‘T2: Trainspotting,’ ‘Silence,’ ‘The Coming War On China,’ ‘Trespass Against Us,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘The Family,’ ‘Fist Fight,’  and ‘Rings’. This episode also contains interviews with Jiang Tian, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Galecki, and Jai Jamieson (Tri). Make sure you also listen to this week’s episode for your chance to win a copy of Tracey Ullman’s Show on DVD thanks to our good friends at Acorn. For you chance to win make sure you listen to Continue reading

THE FAMILY – interview with Rosie Jones

by GREG KING The Family explores the history of the strange abusive sect established by former yoga teacher Anna Hamilton-Byrne in Ferny Creek in the 1960s, and which flourished at a property in picturesque Lake Eildon in the late 1960s. In this comprehensive documentary director Rosie Jones gives us some chilling insights into the sect. As part of our MIFF 2016 coverage, Greg spoke to Rosie about the challenges of putting together this documentary. The Family screens at the cinema Nova from February 23.…/f4d7xtrui3jya73/210708_001.MP3 Continue reading

TRASH FIRE – interview with Richard Bates jr

by GREG KING Trash Fire is the latest film from independent US filmmaker Richard Bates jr. Starring Adrian Grenier (of Entourage fame), Matthew Gray Gubler, Sally Kirkland, AnnaLyn McCord and Fionnula Flanagan Trash Fire is an example of Grand Guignol horror laced with a strong streak of black humour and the dynamics of a dysfunctional family. Greg spoke to Richard in LA to learn more about the making of Trash Fire. Continue reading