THE HUSTLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Chris Addison Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver, Nicholas Woodeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Dean Norris. Recently we’ve had a number of female centric remakes of films with the likes of Ghostbusters, Ocean’s 8 and the atrocious What Men Want hitting cinemas, all of which were vastly inferior to the original. Now we get this female centric remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the hilarious 1988 comedy that teamed Michael Caine and an in form Steve Martin as a pair of conmen plying their trade in the French Continue reading

THE HEIRESSES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marcelo Martinessi Stars: Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez, Maria Martins, Alicia Guerra. It’s rare that we get to see a film from Paraguay. It’s even rarer that this deeply conservative country would produce a film about two elderly lesbians whose relationship is undergoing something of a crisis. But that’s what we get in this debut feature film from writer/director Marcelo Martinessi, who has a background in television work and has made some short films. Chela (played by veteran theatre actress Anna Continue reading

THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ken Scott Stars: Dhanush, Erin Moriarty, Berenice Benjo, Gerard Jugnot, Ben Miller, Barkhad Abdi. Planes, trucks and wardrobes? This French/Indian/Belgian and US coproduction is a feel-good comedy/drama that is part Bollywood musical, part French romantic comedy, part road movie, part underdog story, and part rags to riches fantasy. The story of an innocent abroad it will remind audiences a little of the Oscar wining Forrest Gump, while its rags to riches story of an urchin from the streets of Mumbai will recall the likes of Continue reading

IRISH FILM FESTIVAL 2019 – interview with Enda Murray

by GREG KING Now in its fifth year the Irish Film Festival returns to Melbourne and Sydney with a packed program of contemporary Irish cinema. The Irish Film Festival offers audiences a glimpse into Irish culture, and features a mix of dramas, coming of age stories, short films and documentaries. There will be a couple of special guests to introduce their films and attend Q&A sessions. In Melbourne the Irish Film Festival screens at Kino Cinemas from May 9-12. Greg spoke to the festival’s artistic director Enda Murray to find out more about this year’s Continue reading

CHILDREN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 – interview with Artistic director Eddie Tamir

by GREG KING Featuring a great mix of some of the most iconic characters in the history of children’s stories to introducing new inspiring heroes, the Children’s International Film Festival program promises a viewing experience, says Eddie Tamir, the artistic director. The festival offers a mix of animation, live action dramas and foreign language films aimed at audiences from ages 5-15. CHIFF is a first of its kind film festival and runs in Melbourne and Sydney from May 24-June 10. Greg spoke to artistic director Eddie Tamir to find out Continue reading