MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – reviews

ALL REVIEWS WRITTEN BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 17, 2018 THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE. The struggles faced by idiosyncratic and maverick filmmaker Terry Gilliam in trying to bring to the screen his long gestating passion project about Don Quixote have been well detailed in the fascinating 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha. That film told of the storms that destroyed sets, the lack of financial support and the ill health of its star, all of which combined to halt production within a week of the project starting physical production. Now some twenty years Continue reading

WHITNEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Kevin MacDonald. This well researched and revealing film from Oscar winning filmmaker Kevin McDonald (Touching The Void, etc) is the second documentary in as many years charting the rise and tragic death of pop diva Whitney Houston. Whitney: Can I Be Me from British journalist and filmmaker Nick Broomfield centred more on her later years, depicting her decline through the drug abuse and her untimely death by drowning in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton at the age of 48. Broomfield’s documentary was more of a Continue reading

WALKING OUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Andrew and Alex Smith Stars: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter. This tense mix of coming-of-age tale and survival thriller set in the snow-covered wilderness of Montana will remind many of the bleak and brutal but beautiful Oscar winning western The Revenant with its tough man versus nature story. However, this is nowhere near as gruelling an ordeal. Fourteen-year old David (relative newcomer Josh Wiggins) reluctantly visits his estranged father Cal (Matt Bomer, from tv series White Collar, etc) for his Continue reading

WINCHESTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael and Peter Spierig Stars: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O'Prey, Angus Sampson, Eamon Farren, Bruce Spence. San Francisco 1906. Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), the eccentric widowed heiress to the repeating rifle company fortune, has been building a monstrous house. Built over a period of 38 years it is seven storeys tall with over one hundred rooms. It was continually extended with construction crews working around the clock. Sarah maintains that she is building Continue reading

OTHER PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS – Interview with Penelope Chai and Jane Dickenson

by GREG KING Seven years ago, Melbourne writers Penelope Chai and Jane Dickerson began a bartering project called Clothing For Correspondence in which they offered their services as letter writers for people who were struggling to put pen to paper to express their complaints, their confessions, etc. In exchange they asked for an item of preloved clothing. From this humble idea the two then developed the five part web series Other People’s Problems, which is now available for viewing. Greg spoke to Penelope and Jane to find out more about this intriguing project, Continue reading