THE NIGHTINGALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jennifer Kent Stars: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman, Baykali Ganambarr, Charlie Shotwell. The sophomore feature from Jennifer Kent (2014’s The Babadook), The Nightingale offers up horrors of a different kind. Set in Tasmania in 1825, the film is something of a colonial western, a bloody, brutal and unflinching tale of revenge that also addresses the savage history of colonial Australia, the systemic abuse and mistreatment of women and the indigenous population. It makes a powerful statement about a history Continue reading

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Quentin Tarantino Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell, Bruce Dern, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Madsen, Damian Lewis, Mike Moh, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Hammond, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Rafal Zawierucha, Maya Hawke. Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film is a love letter to movies and the golden years of Hollywood and television. But as the title suggests it is also something of a fairy tale. Set against the backdrop of Hollywood in 1969, this sprawling Continue reading

BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Dir: Pamela B Green. Pioneering French filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache was a contemporary of those pioneers of early silent cinema, including the Lumiere Brothers and George Melies. She made one of the first narrative films with The Cabbage Fairy in 1896. She pioneered many film techniques and a more naturalistic style of acting for films. In the 1890s she worked with Gaumont Studios. She established Solax, her own studio, and set up business in Fort Lee, New Jersey. She was incredibly prolific, making some 1000 films. Her films Continue reading

KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL 2019 – interview with David Park

by GREG KING Celebrating 10 years of screening the very best in Korean cinema Down Under, The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA), returns to Sydney (22-31 Aug), Canberra (22-25 Aug), Brisbane (5-8 Sept) and Melbourne (5-12 Sept) for another year, showcasing the hottest films from Korea's thriving film industry. Presented by the Korean Cultural Centre Australia, KOFFIA showcases the wonder of Korean culture through film. The 22 films in the program represent a range of genres, from big budget blockbusters, gripping indie flicks, rom-coms, pop culture Continue reading

WHO YOU THINK I AM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Safy Nebbou Stars: Juliette Binoche, Francois Civil, Nicole Garcia, Charles Berling, Guillaume Gouix.   This intriguing psychological thriller serves as a timely cautionary tale about the dangers of social media and on-line dating sites. It comes across as something of a cross between Fatal Attraction and Catfish. Claire Millaud (played by Juliette Binoche) is a middle-aged teacher and a divorced mother of two adult children. When she is dumped by her current, younger lover Ludo, she creates a fake Facebook profile in order to Continue reading