ANIMALS – interview with Sophie Hyde

by GREG KING Based on the novel by Emma Jane Unsworth, Animals tells the story of Laura and Tyler, two friends who have lived together for ten years but find that their relationship is shifting. This is a coming of age story that explores themes of identity, female friendship and the expectations placed on women and how they behave. Animals is an Irish-Australian co-production that stars Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat. It has been directed by Sophie Hyde. Greg spoke to Sophie about adapting the novel, casting, and filming in Continue reading

AMAZING GRACE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Sydney Pollack, Alan Elliott. The late, great Aretha Franklin was affectionately known as “the Queen of Soul” and was one of the biggest selling female artists who topped the charts with a string of number one hits like Respect, Think, and Spanish Harlem. But in 1972 she took the radical step of returning to her roots and recorded an album of gospel songs. The daughter of a Baptist minister, Franklin had sung those songs in her father’s church while young. She wanted to record the album as a live record and set Continue reading

THE KITCHEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrea Berloff Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian D'Arcy James, James Badge Dale, Jeremy Bobb, Bill Camp, Annabelle Sciorra, Margo Martindale, Myk Watford, Common, E J Bonilla, Wayne Duvall. A female Goodfellas? The Kitchen is a Scorsese-lite female driven violent crime drama set in that seedy area of New York known as Hell’s Kitchen and tells the story of three housewives who emerge from the proverbial kitchen to become powerful mob figures in the late 70s. Hell’s Kitchen is Continue reading

THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Daniel Gordon. For a long time, Australia has been considered the lucky country with its freedoms and largely tolerant society. And “the Australian dream” was something many, especially migrants after WWII, aspired towards. But for much of the indigenous population these ideals have been more of a nightmare, with a bleak and bloody history of brutality, displacement, and racism barely acknowledged. This well constructed, confronting and passionate documentary looks at the divisive issue of racism through the Continue reading

ANGEL HAS FALLEN

Reviewed by GREG KINGDirector: Ric Roman Waugh Stars: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Danny Huston, Nick Nolte, Piper Perabo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson. This is the third film featuring Gerard Butler's gruff, ferocious and seemingly indestructible secret service agent Mike Banning, the loyal and resourceful guardian angel who has protected the US President against deadly terrorist attacks in 2013's Olympus Has Fallen and 2016's London Has Fallen. When this film opens President Alan Trumbull (played by series regular Morgan Freeman, Continue reading