WONDER WHEEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Jack Gore, David Krumholtz, Max Casella, Tony Sirico, Steven Schirripa. Woody Allen is a very prolific filmmaker who has averaged one film per year for the past five decades. And while the quality of his output has varied, he has produced a few bona fide classics along the way. He has also been nominated for more Oscars in the screenwriting category than any other filmmaker. And he writes strong roles for females - he has directed six actresses to an Continue reading

WONDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Chbosky Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupes, Bryce Ghesiar, Daveed Diggs, Millie Price, Nadji Jeter, Danielle Rose Russell. Based on the best-selling 2013 young adult novel written by R J Palacio, Wonder tells the story of 10-year old August Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay, who was so good in Room), a sensitive and intelligent boy who was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic disfiguring craniofacial abnormality. He underwent 27 Continue reading

WHAT IF IT WORKS?

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Romi Trower Stars: Luke Ford, Anna Samson, Wade Briggs, Brooke Satchwell, Kaarin Fairfax, Djon Alexander, John Flaus, Eliza D'Souza. Australian filmmakers have a rich history of exploring mental illness, from 1979's Tim, which starred a young Mel Gibson as a slightly retarded gardener who falls in love in with an older woman, through to Nadia Tass's Malcolm and even P J Hogan's Mental. And now we get this modest little romantic comedy about two people suffering from mental disorders who find love. But can romance work between two 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

WATCH THE SUNSET – interview with Damien Lipp

by GREG KING Written and directed by Tristan Barr, Watch The Sunset is a gritty new Australian crime drama about a man whose past catches up with him. Watch The Sunset tells the story of Danny (Barr) an ex-con and his small – and rightly terrified – family, over one brutal afternoon. This is a visceral, tense, nervous thriller that unfolds in one shot, in real time. It was shot in one continuous take. Greg spoke to cinematographer Damien Lipp about some of the challenges in shooting the film, the casting, and the influences on the Continue reading