CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Cerise Howard

by GREG KING The 6th Czech and Slovak Film Festival acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring as well as the centenary of the establishment of Czeckoslovakia. This year the program focuses on some historic films from Czech filmmakers, including The Fireman’s Ball, Milos Forman’s final film in his native country before moving to the US. The Fireman’s Ball closes the festival this year. There is a special screening of Ecstasy, a 1933 film starring Heddy Lamarr, which will be accompanied by a live music score on the Melbourne Town Hall grand organ, played by Continue reading

INDONESIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Peter Krausz

by GREG KING The 13th annual Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) Australia features a line-up of six diverse Indonesian films. The event aims to celebrate Indonesia’s burgeoning cinema and promote the appreciation of Indonesian culture in Australia in an attempt to bridge the gap between these two major Asia Pacific nations that are geographically close yet cognitively apart. All films have English subtitles and will be followed by a Q&A session with guest filmmakers, hosted by film critic Peter Krausz. The Indonesian Film Festival screens from the 26th of April to Continue reading

A FISTFUL OF SCRIPTS – interview with Sean McIntyre

by GREG KING Wise Words Media and Callumny Films are bringing back A Fistful Of Scripts for 2018. This is one of Australia's most innovative script development incubators, where a script is read aloud by a team of actors, and then the audience is invited to give their feedback. A Fistful Of Scripts will be presenting its first ever full length feature film script with the buddy movie A Way To Live, which has been written by Melbourne screenwriter Peter Levy. The reading will take place at ACMI on January 11 2018 from 3pm. Tickets are Continue reading

CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Cerise Howard

by GREG KING   The 5th Czech and Slovak Film Festival screens at ACMI from September 14. The festival celebrates and promotes a contextualised range of classic and modern Czech and Slovak cinema to both Australian and expatriate audiences. Programmed to the theme of "Neighbours", this year's landmark edition of the festival allows for consideration of much more than merely how the Czechs and Slovaks relate to one another. Opening the festival this year is The Line. Greg spoke to the festival's artistic director Cerise Howard to find out more Continue reading

WALLACE AND GROMIT AND FRIENDS EXHIBITION AT ACMI – interview with ACMI’s Reece Goodwin

by GREG KING ACMI are having a special exhibition of all things Aardman with Wallace And Gromit And Friends. The Aardman studios are well known for their stop motion claymation shorts featuring Wallace and Gromit, as well as features such as Chicken Run, a barnyard variation on the classic The Great Escape, and Shaun The Sheep. There are some 350 objects from their body of work on display in the exhibition, as well as a workshop where visitors can create their own clay model character. Greg spoke to ACMI’s Reece Goodwin to find out more about this special exhibition, Continue reading