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

WHAT IF IT WORKS? – interview with Romi Trower

by GREG KING   What If It Works? is a drama that explores the romance that develops between Adrian, who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Grace, who suffers from multiple personality disorder. The film stars Luke Ford and Anna Samson. This is the debut feature film for writer/director Romi Trower. Greg caught up with Romi for a chat about the genesis of the film, the casting choices and shooting on the streets of Melbourne. What If It Works? hits cinemas on October Continue reading

RIP TIDE – interview with Rhiannon Bannenberg

by GREG KING Rip Tide is a family friendly coming of age tale about Cora (played by Debby Ryan, best known for her work on the Disney Channel), a young model who tires of the high-pressure fashion industry and flees to a small coastal town in Australia to spend time with her aunt. The film has been written by Georgia Harrison and directed by Rhiannon Bannenberg. Greg spoke to Rhiannon about casting the film, the 18-day shoot in the town of Illawara, and the positive messages it send out for young teenaged Continue reading

AICE ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Richard Moore

by GREG KING The AICE Israeli Film Festival screens at the Ritz Cinemas in Sydney and in Melbourne at the Rivoli Cinemas and the Alex Theatre (formerly the George Cinemas in St Kilda) from September 5-17 this year. The festival presents the best of contemporary cinema from Israel and features documentaries like Mother With A Gun and Mr Gaga, as well as feature films like Land Of The Little People and the opening night film Home Port. A highlight is the screening of Charles Chauvel's 1940 classic Forty Thousand Horsemen, starring Chips Rafferty, to commemorate the Continue reading

WALLACE AND GROMIT AND FRIENDS EXHIBITION AT ACMI – interview with ACMI’s Reece Goodwin

by GREG KING ACMI are having a special exhibition of all things Aardman with Wallace And Gromit And Friends. The Aardman studios are well known for their stop motion claymation shorts featuring Wallace and Gromit, as well as features such as Chicken Run, a barnyard variation on the classic The Great Escape, and Shaun The Sheep. There are some 350 objects from their body of work on display in the exhibition, as well as a workshop where visitors can create their own clay model character. Greg spoke to ACMI’s Reece Goodwin to find out more about this special exhibition, Continue reading