MIFF KIDS/MIFF SCHOOLS – interview with Melbourne International Film Festival programmer Thomas Caldwell

by GREG KING   The Melbourne International Film Festival screens from Aug 3 through until Aug 20. One of the strong programming strands has always been the Next Gen strand. This year it has been renamed as MIFF Kids and MIFF Schools. MIFF Kids has a focus on animated films, including a 25th anniversary screening of the classic Aladdin, while MIFF Schools draws upon films that can be used to support the school curriculum. In a specially curated program, this strand showcases film in those popular languages that students study like Continue reading

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roger Goldby Stars: Pauline Collins, Joan Collins, Franco Nero, Ronald Pickup, Joely Richardson. This female buddy road movie is firmly aimed at the very same demographic who flocked to films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Lady In The Van, although it's more doubtful that they will find that the title here lives up to its promise. The Time Of Their Lives promises much but proves to be a rather uneven and cliched road movie, a sort of geriatric Thelma And Louise, if you will. It's been Continue reading

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – reviews

The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is screening at Palace Cinemas across Australia in July. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED JULY 16, 2017 THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE was the opening night attraction at the 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival, which is screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. It is the latest film from Finnish auteur Aki Karismaki, and is full of his usual droll humour and dead pan style and absurdist touches. Karismaki often pokes fun at the Finnish working class and their daily struggles in his films. The Other Side Of Hope is the Continue reading

THE BEGUILED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sophia Coppola Stars: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard. For her sixth feature film, Sophia Coppola (Lost In Translation, etc) remakes the 1971 southern gothic western that was directed by Don Siegel and starred Clint Eastwood, who had achieved international fame and success in the Sergio Leone directed spaghetti western trilogy. Based on Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel The Painted Devil, The Beguiled was the third of five films that the pair Continue reading

THE DRAMA CLUB – interview with Joe McLean

By GREG KING In the low budget film, The Drama Club a group of friends who used to be in their high school drama club get together for a twenty year reunion. Secrets are revealed and there are revelations. Think a micro budget version of the 80s classic The Big Chill. Greg caught up with writer/director Joe McLean to discuss the origins of the film, the casting, the soundtrack and a lot more. http://www.mediafire.com/file/m5tns33h35qzwt4/220628_001.MP3 Continue reading