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Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen McCallum Stars: Ryan Corr, Matt Nable, Abbey Lee, Josh McConville, Simone Kessell. Sam Parsonson, Eddie Baroo, Aaron Fa'aoso, Daniel Pantovic. Set amongst the world of lawless outlaw bikie gangs in Perth, this tale of brotherly love, betrayal, toxic masculinity, power struggles and violence is a bit like an Antipodean version of Sons Of Anarchy. The title itself is a reference to the fact that one percent of motorbike riders belong to an outlaw gang. The Copperheads motorcycle gang is led by Knuck (Matt Nable, who also Continue reading

BACKTRACK BOYS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Catherine Scott. A favourite on the film festival circuit, this inspiring and humane and heart-warming documentary shows that there are very real and effective alternatives to juvenile detention in helping turn around the lives of troubled teenagers. In the northern NSW town of Armidale, jackaroo Bernie Shakeshaft has established a community-based organisation called Backtrack, which works with troubled boys who are on the path to crime and drugs and tries to turn their lives around. The boys are paired with dogs Continue reading

BOOK WEEK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Heath Davis Stars: Alan Dukes, Susan Prior, Rose Riley, Tiriel Mora, Airlie Dodds, Toby Schmitz, Khan Chittenden, Steve Le Marquand, Thuso Lekwape, Maya Stange, Nicholas Hope, Jolene Anderson, Rhys Muldoon. This black comedy/drama follows a bad week in the life of Nick Cutler (Alan Dukes), a lecherous, misanthropic, boozy, rude, and obnoxious author turned cynical teacher. Several years ago, Nick wrote a novel that was well received, but he has been unable to follow up its success. He regards himself as an “undiscovered literary Continue reading

IN LIKE FLYNN – interview with Russell Mulcahy

by GREG KING In Like Flynn depicts the early adventures of Australian actor Errol Flynn before he went to Hollywood. He was an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. The film is based on Flynn's early autobiography Beam Ends. It stars Thomas Cocquerel as the young Flynn. The film has been directed by Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, etc). It hits cinemas here in Australia on October 11. Greg chats with Russell about the film and about his music videos for stars like Elton John, Bonnie Tyler, Continue reading

JIRGA – interview with Benjamin Gilmour and Sam Smith

by GREG KING Jirga is a new Australian drama that was filmed in Pakistan by filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour. It stars Sam Smith in his feature film debut as former Australian soldier, Mike Wheeler, who returns to Afghanistan after several years, seeking redemption from the family of a civilian man he killed during the war. Greg chatted with the writer/director Benjamin Gilmour and star Sam Smith about the origins of the film, shooting in Pakistan, the challenges they faced, especially when the original financing fell through following death Continue reading