DOGS OF DEMOCRACY – interview with Mary Zournazi

by GREG KING Filmmaker Mary Zournazi visited Greece at the height of the financial crisis, and while in Athens she noticed all these dogs around the city square, and she saw that people would feed them. The interaction between the people and the dogs led to her shooting this documentary Dogs Of Democracy. This is also a story about community, history and culture. The film will screen as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on Sunday July 16. Greg spoke to Mary about the inspiration behind the film and the process of shooting the Continue reading

KEDI

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ceyda Torun. Kedi is the Turkish word for cat, and cat lovers everywhere will relish this simple but charming documentary from Turkey about the stray cats that live on the streets of Istanbul. Cats have been a feature of the city for hundreds of years. The adorable feral felines are cared for by the various local people who work in the market, the shops and the harbour, who also feed them. The cats are for the most part independent, but are more than happy to accept food and hugs from the locals. Kedi is the debut Continue reading

ROUGH NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lucia Aniello Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Grazer, Zoe Kravitz, Paul W Downs, Ty Burrell, Demi Moore, Dean Winters, Enrique Murciano, Colton Haynes, Patrick Carlyle, Eric Andre, Bo Burnham, Ryan Cooper. A few best women? Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a bumpy night? The premise behind this bland R-rated female centric comedy is like Peter Berg’s 1998 black comedy Very Bad Things (in which a prostitute is accidentally killed during a bachelor party and things turn nasty). But here Continue reading

THE PROMISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terry George Stars: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon, Marwan Kenzari, Shorheh Aghdashloo, James Cromwell, Jean Reno, Tom Hollander, Angela Sarafyan, Numan Acar, Igal Naor, Tamer Hassan. Political filmmaker Terry George delves into the mass murder of Armenian citizens in his new film The Promise. George wears his heart on his sleeve, and has tackled big subjects before, such as the issue of IRA hunger strikers in his 1996 drama Some Mother’s Sons and the 1994 mass genocide in Rwanda in his 2004 drama Hotel Rwanda. His 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