EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nadi Sha Stars: Jordan Dulieu, Freyja Benjamin, Martin Crewes, Gigi Edgely.   A bittersweet coming-of-age drama about love and loss set against a doomed romance, Everything In Between is the debut feature for local filmmaker Nadi Sha and was shot on location around Sydney. Its universal themes and positive messages should resonate strongly with its target audience.  The film centres on Jason Knight (Jordan Dulieu, from My Pet Dinosaur, etc), an introverted and troubled teenager who feels alienated and alone, and Continue reading

DISCLOSURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bentham Stars: Matilda Ridgway, Mark Leonard Winter, Geraldine Hakewill, Tom Wren, Greg Stone.  Not to be confused with the Barry Levinson directed 1994 erotic thriller of the same name, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore, that looked at the issue of sexual harassment and power struggles in the workplace, this provocative and intimate drama looks at the darker side of suburban life in contemporary Australia.  Two sets of parents gather together to discuss an incident involving their children, but things turn ugly Continue reading

I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jessica Leski. To most of us, boy bands like One Direction are bland, formulaic, mass produced cheesy groups that appeal to teenaged girls attracted more by their pretty looks than the depth of their lyrics. The mass hysteria with which hordes of obsessed, screaming fans greet their idols is a pop culture phenomenon that is extraordinary. This documentary looks at the cultural phenomenon of fandom and obsession. I Used To Be Normal spans three generations of obsessive, tragic boyband fans, but this is also a universal Continue reading

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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