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

WALLACE AND GROMIT AND FRIENDS EXHIBITION AT ACMI – interview with ACMI’s Reece Goodwin

by GREG KING ACMI are having a special exhibition of all things Aardman with Wallace And Gromit And Friends. The Aardman studios are well known for their stop motion claymation shorts featuring Wallace and Gromit, as well as features such as Chicken Run, a barnyard variation on the classic The Great Escape, and Shaun The Sheep. There are some 350 objects from their body of work on display in the exhibition, as well as a workshop where visitors can create their own clay model character. Greg spoke to ACMI’s Reece Goodwin to find out more about this special exhibition, Continue reading

WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME?

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal. The music world is littered with tragic stories of popular singers and their downfall – from Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Most of these stories follow a similar trajectory – a rise to fame at a young age which they struggle to handle, and a descent into drugs. This unauthorised documentary about the late Whitney Houston is a tender and poignant portrait of the singer who was one of the most successful female singers Continue reading