EMU RUNNER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Imogen Thomas Stars: Wayne Blair, Rhae-Kye Waites, Rob Carlton, Georgia Blizzard, Rodney McHughes, Maurial Spearim, Mary Waites, Lindsay Waites. Nine-year old Gemma (played by newcomer Rhae-Kye Waites) is a Ngemba aboriginal girl growing up in the NSW town of Berrawina, some 500 miles north of Sydney. She is devastated when her mother dies during a fishing expedition to the local river. Gemma’s father Jay Jay (Wayne Blair, a filmmaker in his own right with the award-winning crowd pleaser The Sapphires to his credit) tries to hold Continue reading

HAPPY SAD MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Genevieve Bailey. There is often a stigma attached to mental illness, and many men are reluctant to talk about their health issues fearing it is a sign of weakness and vulnerability. This empathetic and sensitively handled documentary is the first feature film from filmmaker Genevieve Bailey since the well-received I Am Eleven (2011). While that film looked at the hopes and aspirations of a number of eleven-year old around the world, the focus of Happy Sad Man is a bit more narrow. The film looks at five men Continue reading

EMU RUNNER -interview with Imogen Thomas

 by GREG KING Beautifully shot on location in the NSW town of Brewarrina, Emu Runner is a coming of age film that deals with grief, culture, tradition, family, connections, survival and resilience. It is the debut feature for Imogen Thomas, who has made a number of short films. It stars Wayne Blair and newcomer Rhae-Kye Waites. Greg speaks to Imogen to find out more about the origins of the film, the casting, shooting on location and the importance of the emu to indigenous people. http://www.mediafire.com/file/ovjubdlts8k9mme/241020_002.MP3/file Continue reading

HAPPY SAD MAN – interview with Genevieve Bailey

by GREG KING Happy Sad Man is a documentary that gives insight into five very different men who are all suffering from some form of depression and mental illness that affects their lives. This is the new documentary from Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey, who previously gave us I Am Eleven. Bailey spent some seven years working on the film, earning the trust of the five men and getting them to open up for the cameras to express their vulnerability and fears. Greg speaks to Genevieve about the film and what it means in opening up discussion about this important Continue reading

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tim Miller Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is one of the great sci-fi action movies of the past thirty years, boasting some impressively staged action sequences and state of the art special effects. Subsequent sequels though have been somewhat hit and miss as they have played around with the chronology of the series and the concept of time travel. Now producer James Cameron has hit the reboot button to give us this Continue reading