WEST OF SUNSHINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Raftopoulos Stars: Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Arthur Angel, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Faye Smythe, Kat Stewart, Kaarin Fairfax. This low budget, rough around the edges Melbourne-shot drama is an exploration of a troubled father/son dynamic shot through with a terrific sense of realism. The film follows the plight of Jim (Damian Hill), an inveterate and hapless gambler with a self-destructive streak who is trying to pay of a $15000 loan to a ruthless loan shark (Tony Nikolakopoulos). He has until five o’clock to pay off the debt Continue reading

THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Holmes Stars: Jack Martin, Jamie Coffa, William Lee, Joanne Dobbin, Gregory Quinn, Callan McAuliffe, Arthur Angel, Angus Pilakui, Andy McPhee, Pia Grace Moon, John Orcsik, Ben Chisholm, Jana Wilkes. Australia's bushranger history is rich material for filmmakers. Ned Kelly's rebellious spirit is embedded in our national psyche and he still hogs much of the limelight from that period. There have been two major films exploring Kelly's life, and we've had a number of other films about famous bushrangers and that whole period of Continue reading