WATCH THE SUNSET – interview with Damien Lipp

by GREG KING Written and directed by Tristan Barr, Watch The Sunset is a gritty new Australian crime drama about a man whose past catches up with him. Watch The Sunset tells the story of Danny (Barr) an ex-con and his small – and rightly terrified – family, over one brutal afternoon. This is a visceral, tense, nervous thriller that unfolds in one shot, in real time. It was shot in one continuous take. Greg spoke to cinematographer Damien Lipp about some of the challenges in shooting the film, the casting, and the influences on the Continue reading

TUNNEL VISION – interview with Ivan Hexter

by GREG KING Tunnel Vision is a documentary depicting the successful grass roots community organised campaign to stop the construction of the East West Tunnel. For local filmmaker Ivan Hexter this was something of a personal project and he spent two years shooting and editing the film. Greg spoke to Ivan to find out more about this documentary, which is screening at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on July 16. http://www.mediafire.com/file/kuwzmxxva2egcb2/220616_001.MP3   Continue reading

HOUNDS OF LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Young Stars: Stephen Curry, Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Susie Porter, Harrison Gilbertson, Damian De Montemas. Australian filmmakers have produced some tough, gritty uncompromising crime dramas in the past, with films like Romper Stomper, The Boys, Animal Kingdom, and Snowtown all exploring the darker side of the Australian male psyche. Although stylish and well made, they were all tough films to sit through. The new Australian drama Hounds Of Love is similarly an oppressive, uncomfortable and challenging film to sit Continue reading

HOUNDS OF LOVE – interview with Ben Young

by GREG KING Hounds Of Love is a tough new low budget Australian crime thriller about a couple (played by Stephen Curry and Emma Booth) who kidnap a teenaged girl (Ashleigh Cummings). This is the debut feature for local filmmaker Ben Young. He has briefly returned home from Serbia where he is shooting the big budget sci-fi thriller Extinction to partake in a few special screenings and Q&A sessions to promote the film. He spoke to Greg about the origins of the film, casting choices and shooting the Continue reading

HOTEL COOLGARDIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Pete Gleeson. Coolgardie is a small mining town situated some 500kms east of Perth. It is a remote, insular and isolated town where little ever happens. The social hub of the town is the local pub, the Denver City Hotel. Every season a couple of new barmaids, usually backpackers from Europe, arrive for a three-month stint to earn some money, pouring beers. This fly on the wall verite documentary from first time feature film maker Pete Gleeson follows the latest two arrivals – Finnish backpackers Lina and Steph. Continue reading