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

THE MERGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Grentell Stars: Damian Callinan, John Howard, Kate Mulvany, Rafferty Grierson, Fayssal Bazzi, Josh McConville, Angus McLaren, Penny Cook, Nick Cody, Sahil Saluja, Harry Tseng, Ben Knight, Stephen Hunter, Aaron Gocs. Football is the lifeblood of many small rural towns across Australia and provides a sense of community and belonging. There have been a few films that have explored the world of Aussie Rules football – The Great McCarthy (1975); The Club (1980), which was based on David Williamson’s satirical play about the Continue reading

THE FLIP SIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Marion Pilowsky Stars: Eddie Izzard, Emily Taheny, Luke McKenzie, Vanessa Guide, Tina Bursill, Hugh Sheridan, Tiriel Mora, Susie Youssef. Lumbered with a terrible title, this low budget locally produced bittersweet romantic comedy is inert, laboured and painfully unfunny. Five years ago, narcissistic British actor Henry Selbert (Eddie Izzard) came to Adelaide to shoot a film, and he had an affair with the production’s chef Ronnie (comedian Emily Taheny, who was recently seen in That’s Not My Dog). When the movie finished shooting, Continue reading

THE SECOND – interview with Rachael Blake and Vince Colosimo

by GREG KING   The Second is an erotic psychological thriller written by Stephen Lance (My Mistress, etc), and stars Rachael Blake, Vince Colosimo and Susie Porter. Celebrated author (Blake) is suffering from a case of writer’s block while trying to follow up her successful debut novel. But her persona is threatened when her best friend and muse (Porter) reveals the dark secret behind her first novel's provenance, igniting an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal. The Second marks the feature debut for director Mairi Cameron. It is currently screening in Continue reading

BROTHERS’ NEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clayton Jacobson Stars: Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson, Kim Gyngell, Lynette Curran, Sarah Snook. This pitch-black comedy thriller from director Clayton Jacobson reunites him with his brother Shane for the second time since their runaway hit mockumentary Kenny way back in 2006. Since then Jacobson has also directed Shane in the comedy short film Mordy Koots. Brother’s Nest is an absurdist tragedy that pits two brothers against each other in a bizarre and twisted murder plot that goes awry. Its amoral tone is very different to Continue reading