FRIENDS, FOES & FIREWORKS – interview with Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne

by GREG KING   Friends, Foes & Fireworks is a drama set around a New Year’s Eve party. It was shot entirely in one night and was largely improvised. Writers and directors Ivan Malekin and Sarah Jayne dropped by the studios to chat about the film and some of the challenges in shooting it. The film is having its premiere at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick on Wednesday March 21 at 7pm. Continue reading

MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Program Manager Spiro Economopoulos

by GREG KING   The Melbourne Queer Film Festival continues to showcase the best in LGBTIQ cinema from around the world. This year the festival features some 120 features, documentaries and short films, including two Australian feature debuts. The opening night film is Freak Show, the closing night film is Becks. Highlights include Love, Simon, a queer coming of age film that will get a commercial release shortly after the festival, and a screening of Prick Up Your Ears, a biopic of playwright Joe Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Gordon Green Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Lenny Clarke, Danny McCarthy, Patricia O'Neil, Carlos Sanz. Peter Berg’s 2016 drama Patriots Day looked at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds more, and the massive police manhunt for the terrorists that followed. Berg gave the material an almost documentary-like feel as he explored the stories of many of the people involved. There are probably a lot more unheard Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephan Elliott Stars: Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Asher Keddie, Julian McMahon, Jeremy Sims, Atticus Robb, Darcey Wilson, Jack Thompson, Jacob Elordi, Chelsea Glaw, Richard Roxburgh. Set in the 1970s, Stephan Elliott’s latest film is a semi-autobiographical coming of age comedy and satirical look at Australian culture and values of the time. It was a time of laissez-faire parenting, lazy weekends spent on the beach, sunburned kids long before the era of “slip, slop, slap”, and a time when Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Warwick Thronton Stars: Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Ewen Leslie, Matt Day, Thomas M Wright, Tremayne Doolan, Trevan Doolan. Sweet Country is the sophomore feature film from indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton, best known for his acclaimed, award winning 2009 drama Samson and Delilah. This is only his second feature film, but in the decade since then he has been busy with short films, television projects and documentaries like We Don’t Need A Map, which premiered at the Sydney International Continue reading