ESSENTIAL KUROSAWA – interview with James Hewison

by GREG KING Australian Centre For the Moving Image (ACMI), The Sydney Film Festival and the National Film and Sound Archive  present a special program of ten essential films by the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. This retrospective consists of some of the finest films made by one of cinema’s great directors, Akira Kurosawa. A master of action, Kurosawa was influenced by directors like John Ford and in turn influenced a younger generation of filmmakers, like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese. The program has been curated by David Stratton. It screens at ACMI Continue reading

CERTAIN WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros, Rene Auberjonois, Jared Harris, John Getz. Based on the 2009 short story collection Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It written by Maile Meloy Certain Women is structured around three stories that briefly intersect. They are all set in the small town of Livingston, Montana. The three stories follow the emotional turmoil, the hopes and disappointments, and loneliness experienced by the characters. But this is a quiet introspective Continue reading

CERTAIN WOMEN: KELLY REICHARDT’S AMERICA – interview with ACMI film programmer Kristy Matheson

by GREG KING ACMI is thrilled to once again champion the work of American director Kelly Reichardt, with an exclusive limited season of her latest film Certain Women, which stars Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and newcomer Lily Gladstone. The film is based on short stories from Maile Meloy’s collection Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It. The limited season will also feature return screenings of some of her earlier films – Old Joy, Wendy And Lucy, and the western Meek’s Cutoff. Greg speaks to ACMI programmer Kristy Matheson about these special Continue reading

CLASH – Interview with ACMI programmer Roberta Ciabarra

by GREG KING From March 30, ACMI is screening Mohamed Diab’s brilliant film Clash, a claustrophobic drama set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. This powerful Egyptian drama is set during the so-called Arab Spring, a time of revolution in the days immediately following the overthrow of President Morsi, and the civil unrest that ensued as police clashed with demonstrators. The police indiscriminately arrested many of the demonstrators and threw them in the back of a police prison wagon. Thus there was a mix of detainees from different religious and political Continue reading

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