AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Richard Sowada

by GREG KING   The American Essentials Film Festival screens at Kino Cinemas from May 10 and runs through until May 20. The festival screens some of the latest and best films from America’s independent film scene, and the films are chosen straight from some of the US’s top film festivals like Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca. The opening night film is the quirky romantic comedy The Boy Downstairs from director Sophie Brooks. There is a sidebar called Postcards From LA, featuring some classics like Chinatown, Shampoo and Michael Mann’s crime thriller Heat. And there is Continue reading

RAMPAGE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Peyton Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Ackerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, Demetrius Grosse, Jack Quaid, P J Byrne, Will Yun Lee. Energyne is a scientific research company that is conducting a rogue experiment into genetic editing, a program known as CRISPR. Genetic editing basically means that the scientists take DNA from one animal and inject into another, enhancing its natural capabilities. But in 2016 US intelligence declared the Continue reading

RED SPARROW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lawrence Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Bill Camp, Mary-Louise Parker, Douglas Hodge, Sergei Polunin, Thekla Reuten. A violent and brutal spy thriller, Red Sparrow follows quickly on the heels of last year’s tough Atomic Blonde, and serves up another strong female centric spy story. But there’s also a touch of Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita to Red Sparrow. The violence here is brutal almost Continue reading

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