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

SAMURAI CINEMA – interview with ACMI’s Richard Sowada

by GREG KING Samurai films are among the most influential in cinema, earning a place in the film canon. They include some of the most important films ever produced by some of the masters of the cinema. ACMI are holding a series of special screenings under the banner heading of Samurai Cinema: The Way of the Warrior.  Their unique styling and stunning big screen action remain endlessly enjoyable and gripping. In three chapters - Courage, Honour and Honesty - this season examines the nature of the Samurai film and its influence on contemporary cinema. To find out Continue reading