ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – Interview with Chris Gerbing

by GREG KING   This year the Environmental Film Festival brings to the screen the best environmental films and perspectives, as well as showcasing some of the outstanding Australian voices making films exploring environmental issues. This year the program features 16 feature films, including one world premiere and two short film programs. The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is more than just a film festival; it is a catalyst for positive and sustainable change. The festival screens at ACMI from October 12-19. The opening Continue reading

MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2017 REVIEWS

Now in its 27th year, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival has presented the best of queer cinema from Australia and around the world. The festival has continued to evolve, and this year the organisers present their largest and most diverse program yet, offering a mix of genres, documentaries and short film packages. The opening night film is I Am Michael, starring James Franco, and is based on the controversial life story of celebrated gay activist Michael Glatze. It also stars Zachary Quinto, from the rebooted Star Trek series. The closing night film is the comedy Women Who Continue reading

LE RIDE – interview with Phil Keoghan

by GREG KING Phil Keoghan is best known as the host of the tv series The Amazing Race in which he sends contestants off on adventures. In 2013 he embarked on his own grand adventure, in which he and his friend Ben Cornell attempted to recreate the original route of the 1928 Tour de France. The 1928 Tour was one of the most gruelling in the sport’s history, and only 41 of the 161 starters finished the race. Amongst the riders who finished were Australian legend Hubert Opperman, Ernie Bainbridge, Percy Osborne and New Zealand rider Harry Watson. Combining a wealth of Continue reading

RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – interview with Nicholas Maximow

by GREG KING The 11th Russian Resurrection Film Festival is screening around Australia throughout October and November. It screens in Melbourne at ACMI cinemas from November 13 through until November 23. There are a number of Australian premier screenings. The opening night film is the epic Vasilisa, set during the Napoleonic Wars. There are also a number of retrospective screenings to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mosfilm Studios, including the Oscar winning Dersu Uzala and the 444 minute WWII epic Liberation. To find out more about this year's festival, Continue reading