EMO THE MUSICAL (MIFF 2016) – interview with Neil Triffett

by GREG KING Emo The Musical is the debut feature film for Neil Triffett, and is an extension of his 15 minute short film from 2014. As part of our MIFF coverage, Greg spoke to Neil about adapting the short film for this feature length version and about all things emo and musical. Emo The Musical premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016. The film hits cinemas across Australia from Thursday May 4. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/b5bsw2ctsqdiio6/210715_005.MP3 Continue reading

MY PET DINOSAUR – interview with Matt Drummond

by GREG KING My Pet Dinosaur is a family friendly mix of sci-fi and creature feature, and a rarity from the Australian film industry. The film is suffused with the spirit of 80s cinema, in particular Spielberg’s ET, coming of age tales like Stand By Me and even The Goonies. Greg speaks to writer/director Matt Drummond about the making of the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/bd4scdx1p5prkcb/220408_001.MP3 Continue reading

WHITELEY – interview with James Bogle

by GREG KING Brett Whiteley is one of Australia’s most revered and probably controversial artists, known for his expressionistic approach. It is 25 years since he died, which gives the documentary a special relevance. Whiteley is a new documentary that gives us plenty of insight into his life, his work and legacy. Greg speaks to director James Bogle about the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/7758jzvh4y205zh/220405_001.MP3 Continue reading

DANCE ACADEMY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeffrey Walker Stars: Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Jordan Rodrigues, Thomas Lacey, Keiynan Lonsdale, Dena Kaplan, Nic Westaway, Tara Morice, Miranda Otto, Julia Blake, Matt Day, Mitchell Butel, Lewis Fitzgerald. Unlike some recent feature film adaptations of television series, this big screen version of Dance Academy mainly gets the formula right. The popular ABC series Dance Academy ran for three years, and it followed the triumphs and disappointments of a group of kids as they underwent dance training at the prestigious Continue reading

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cris Jones Stars: Xavier Samuel, Rachel Ward, Miranda Brown, Rose Riley, Terry Camilleri, Amber Clayton, Jacek Koman, Tyler Coppin, John Gaden The curious case of Otto Bloom? This rather quirky film, which opened the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016, seems like a local variation on David Fincher’s The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the story of a man living his life in reverse. But unlike F Scott Fitzgerald’s creation, who was born old and slowly grew younger, the enigmatic eponymous Otto believes that he is Continue reading