ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Paul Harris

by GREG KING The St Kilda Film Festival runs from May 18 through to May 27. The opening night is at the Palais Theatre, with other screenings at the St Kilda Town Hall. The program features the Top 100 shorts, there is retrospective on Graham Kennedy the iconic tv star, a program devoted to web series, a series of short films from Asia, and Soundkilda, featuring music video clips from the likes of Courtney Barnett and Dan Sultan. Greg spoke to long time festival director Paul Harris about the 2017 Continue reading

I AM HEATH LEDGER

By GREG KING Documentary Directors: Adrian Bruitenhauis and Derik Murray. This respectful and poignant made for television documentary gives us some intimate insights into Aussie actor Heath Ledger, who died tragically young at the age of 28 in 2008, from an accidental overdose of prescribed medications. Unlike the recent documentary Amy though, this film doesn’t delve too deeply into Ledger’s dark personal demons nor the breakdown of his relationship with fellow actress Michelle Williams, who is the mother of his young daughter Matilda. In fact, Williams’ Continue reading

ALIEN COVENANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bichir, Nathaniel Dean, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Carmen Ejogo, Guy Pearce, James Franco. With 2012’s Prometheus, director Ridley Scott returned to the Alien universe that he created way back in 1979 with the claustrophobic and terrifying Alien. The concept has undergone a number of permutations with various sequels and different directors stamping their mark on the series over forty years. Prometheus was a prequel to Alien Continue reading

THE INNOCENTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Lou De Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek, Joanna Kulig, Dorota Kuduk, Vincent Macaigne. This French/Polish production looks at the horrors of war and the consequences of war from a different perspective. The Innocents is inspired by a little-known incident that happened in Poland at the end of WWII. The setting is a secluded convent outside Warsaw. A convent should have been a place of refuge and a safe haven from the horrors of war, but instead it became a place of terror. When the Russian troops liberated Poland from the Germans Continue reading

ESSENTIAL KUROSAWA – interview with James Hewison

by GREG KING Australian Centre For the Moving Image (ACMI), The Sydney Film Festival and the National Film and Sound Archive  present a special program of ten essential films by the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. This retrospective consists of some of the finest films made by one of cinema’s great directors, Akira Kurosawa. A master of action, Kurosawa was influenced by directors like John Ford and in turn influenced a younger generation of filmmakers, like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese. The program has been curated by David Stratton. It screens at ACMI Continue reading