WHITELEY – interview with James Bogle

by GREG KING Brett Whiteley is one of Australia’s most revered and probably controversial artists, known for his expressionistic approach. It is 25 years since he died, which gives the documentary a special relevance. Whiteley is a new documentary that gives us plenty of insight into his life, his work and legacy. Greg speaks to director James Bogle about the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/7758jzvh4y205zh/220405_001.MP3 Continue reading

DANCE ACADEMY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeffrey Walker Stars: Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Jordan Rodrigues, Thomas Lacey, Keiynan Lonsdale, Dena Kaplan, Nic Westaway, Tara Morice, Miranda Otto, Julia Blake, Matt Day, Mitchell Butel, Lewis Fitzgerald. Unlike some recent feature film adaptations of television series, this big screen version of Dance Academy mainly gets the formula right. The popular ABC series Dance Academy ran for three years, and it followed the triumphs and disappointments of a group of kids as they underwent dance training at the prestigious Continue reading

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cris Jones Stars: Xavier Samuel, Rachel Ward, Miranda Brown, Rose Riley, Terry Camilleri, Amber Clayton, Jacek Koman, Tyler Coppin, John Gaden The curious case of Otto Bloom? This rather quirky film, which opened the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016, seems like a local variation on David Fincher’s The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the story of a man living his life in reverse. But unlike F Scott Fitzgerald’s creation, who was born old and slowly grew younger, the enigmatic eponymous Otto believes that he is Continue reading

A FEW LESS MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mark Lamprell Stars: Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop, Ryan Corr, Shane Jacobson, Lynette Curran, Darren Gilshenan, Deborah Mailman, Sacha Horler, James Helm, Jeremy Sims. 2011’s comedy A Few Best Men was a surprise hit with audiences, although it was largely dismissed by critics. And now we get this largely unnecessary sequel that no-one really asked for. This sequel to A Few Best Men takes up immediately where the first film left off. The straight-laced David Locking (Xavier Samuel) has just gotten married Continue reading

JASPER JONES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rachel Perkins Stars: Toni Collette, Dan Wyllie, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Aaron McGrath, Kevin Long, Myles Pollard, Matt Nable. Based on the much loved 2009 novel written by Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones is a dark coming of age tale that has often been called an Australian cross between Stand By Me and To Kill A Mockingbird. The film is set in the hot summer of 1969 in the fictional small West Australian mining town of Corrigan. 1969 was a time of great social change in Australia – the Vietnam war was raging and Continue reading