WHAT IF IT WORKS?

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Romi Trower Stars: Luke Ford, Anna Samson, Wade Briggs, Brooke Satchwell, Kaarin Fairfax, Djon Alexander, John Flaus, Eliza D'Souza. Australian filmmakers have a rich history of exploring mental illness, from 1979's Tim, which starred a young Mel Gibson as a slightly retarded gardener who falls in love in with an older woman, through to Nadia Tass's Malcolm and even P J Hogan's Mental. And now we get this modest little romantic comedy about two people suffering from mental disorders who find love. But can romance work between two Continue reading

WHAT IF IT WORKS? – interview with Romi Trower

by GREG KING   What If It Works? is a drama that explores the romance that develops between Adrian, who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Grace, who suffers from multiple personality disorder. The film stars Luke Ford and Anna Samson. This is the debut feature film for writer/director Romi Trower. Greg caught up with Romi for a chat about the genesis of the film, the casting choices and shooting on the streets of Melbourne. What If It Works? hits cinemas on October Continue reading

AUSTRALIA DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kriv Stenders Stars: Bryan Brown, Shari Sebbens, Sean Keenan, Miah Madden, Matthew Le Nevez, Elias Anton, Chris Haywood, Ernie Dingo, Kee Chan, Sam Cotton, Simon Elrahi, Jenny Wu. Director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, etc) seems like he is trying to set up a series of films centred around significant national holidays. In 2007, he gave us the powerful but bleak, grim drama Boxing Day which told the story of one man's desperate struggle to try and reconcile his estranged family on this one day; now he gives us this complex, ambitious Continue reading

KILLING GROUND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Power Stars: Aaron Pederson, Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane, Julian Garner, Maya Stange, Tiarnie Coupland. Just when you thought it was safe to venture back into the woods along comes this nifty thriller in which a weekend camping trip to the beach turns into a battle for survival. This taut thriller is the debut feature film for from Australian writer/director Damien Power, a short film maker whose Peekaboo screened at the St Kilda Film Festival a couple of years ago. The use of the bucolic outback setting to Continue reading

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