THE TRAVEL COUNSELLOR/THE TARGET – interview with Giovanna Mercuri

by GREG KING Melbourne-based social worker and filmmaker Giovanni Mercuri has turned her experiences advocating for clients’ mental health into a full length feature film and a popular tv series. Her aim is to shine a light on important issues such as bullying and domestic violence. The second series of her series The Travel Counsellor has screened on Channel 31, and the third series will air early in 2019. Giovanna ahs also completed her second feature film, The Target, which deals with bullying and stars singer Damien Leith in his first acting role. Greg chatted to Continue reading

THE PREDATOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Shane Black Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Trevante Rhodes, Sterling K Brown, Thomas Jane, Keegan Michael Kay, Augusto Aquilera, Alfie Allen, Jake Busey. Is this new take on the dreadlocked extra-terrestrial trackers who travel across the universe hunting and killing for sport a remake, a reboot or a sequel? According to writer/director Shane Black it is a sequel to the first three Predator movies and reinvigorates the alien predator first created by writers Jim and John Thomas in 1987. The Continue reading

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Eli Roth Stars: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan, Sunny Suljic, Colleen Camp, Lorenza Izzo, Renee Elise Goldsberry. Lewis Barnavelt (played with charm by Owen Vaccaro, from the comedy Daddy’s Home and its sequel, etc) is a ten-year old orphan who is sent to live with his eccentric, kimono wearing uncle Jonathan (Jack Black, from Goosebumps, etc) in New Zebedee, Michigan. Uncle Jonathan lives in a creepy old haunted house with cobwebs, creaking doors, furniture that comes to life, and a magnificent stained- Continue reading

THE MERGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Grentell Stars: Damian Callinan, John Howard, Kate Mulvany, Rafferty Grierson, Fayssal Bazzi, Josh McConville, Angus McLaren, Penny Cook, Nick Cody, Sahil Saluja, Harry Tseng, Ben Knight, Stephen Hunter, Aaron Gocs. Football is the lifeblood of many small rural towns across Australia and provides a sense of community and belonging. There have been a few films that have explored the world of Aussie Rules football – The Great McCarthy (1975); The Club (1980), which was based on David Williamson’s satirical play about the Continue reading

THE NUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Corin Hardy Stars: Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons. This is the fifth film in the lucrative The Conjuring universe that was created by Australian filmmaker James Wan in 2013, and it centres around the sinister nun Valak, whose unsettling portrait featured in The Conjuring 2. The evil entity of Valak was used by Wan as a bridge to link the horrific haunting at Amityville with the spooky proceedings in Endfield. But the malevolent and menacing otherworldly figure has also haunted Lorraine Warren (Vera Continue reading