MACBETH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, Jack Reynor, Elizabeth Debecki, Sean Harris, David Haymer. There have been many film versions of Shakespeare's bloodiest and most cinematic play, from Orson Welles' idiosyncratic 1948 version through to Akira Kurosawa's Throne Of Blood in 1961, which reinvented the play as a samurai drama. More recently Australian director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, etc) gave us a more contemporary take on the play, setting the drama against the backdrop of a Continue reading

SNOWTOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Louise Harris. Australia has a tradition of making tough, visceral, gritty crime dramas, like the multi-award winning Animal Kingdom, Rowan Woods’ blistering drama The Boys, Chopper. Snowtown is the latest film in this tradition, but rather than a typical study of crime and punishment, this powerfully unsettling film is a study of corruption, evil, hatred and suburban decay. As the title suggests, Snowtown explores the notorious "bodies in the barrels" murders that occurred Continue reading