ACMI SUMMER PROGRAM OF DOCUMENTARIES – interview with James Hewison, ACMI’s head of film programming

by GREG KING This February ACMI Cinemas are screening three new documentaries. Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story Of Death By Audio looks at the iconic New York warehouse that became a live music/art space until it was sold to a multi-media company and was forced to close. After more than 1800 shows, the iconic venue closed its doors for the final time in 2015. Also on the program is Werner Herzog’s look at the wonders of the internet with his esoteric Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World. And finally, Cameraperson is an intimate exploration of the remarkable 25 Continue reading

JIM JARMUSCH: ROCK N ROLL – interview with ACMI programmer Kristy Mathison

by GREG KING This summer, ACMI is presenting a spotlight on filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, one of the most essential independent American directors, with a special season Jim Jarmusch: Rock N Roll, screening from December 27. Not only will it feature Gimme Danger, his new documentary about Iggy Pop and the Stooges, but four classic films that capture his creative music luminaries such as Iggy Pop and Tom Waits. Greg spoke to ACMI programmer Kristy Mathison to learn more about this special season.   Continue reading


by GREG KING From Thursday November 3, the inaugural DFFANZ will be touring Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland to bring audiences short films and cinematography captured via drones. The festival will showcase 40 of the best short film submissions from around the world. The festival takes place: Melbourne - ACMI Cinemas November 3 Sydney - Orpheum Cinema November 10 Brisbane - New Farm Cinema November 16 Auckland - Academy Cinema November 24. Greg spoke to festival organiser Elmedin Kumalic to find out more about this unusual new film Continue reading


This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Greg, Adam, Nick and Dave check out new the releases - The Magnificent Seven, Equity, Wednesday May 9, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, Life Animated and I Am Not A Serial Killer. We also have interviews with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Mija Gwyn, the director of the Other Film Festival; James Hewison, head of film programming for ACMI who talks about the upcoming season of films with Lies And Secrets; Michael Eng, Rick Strom and Gautier Cazenave, director of House Of VHS. You can listen to The Good The Continue reading

LIES AND SECRETS – interview with James Hewison from ACMI

by GREG KING From October 13, ACMI are screening four documentaries under the umbrella of Lies And Secrets. This curated selection of films lay bare the truth about warfare and conflict in the 21st century, and reveal how wars are not not fought so much by soldiers on the ground but at a distance using technology and cyberspace. From October 20, ACMI is screening Alex Gibney's latest probing documentary Zero Days. Greg spoke to James Hewison, ACMI's head of film programming, to find out more about this special Continue reading