WAYNE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jeremy Sims. This well made, well-researched and entertaining documentary traces the life of Australia’s motor cycle racing world champion Wayne Gardner from his humble beginnings in the Sydney suburb of Woollongong through to his rise to the top of his sport. It is a tale of ambition, speed, dangerous risks, adversity, success and love. Gardner was born in the working-class town of Woollongong, and, inspired by the classic movie On Any Sunday, from an early age he felt the need for speed. “I just wanted to go Continue reading

KANGAROO – interview with Michael McIntyre and Kate McIntyre-Clere

by GREG KING The kangaroo is a national icon and the symbol of Australia – it adorns our national airline – and is one of the top tourist attractions for international visitors. But there are some people, like farmers, who see the kangaroo as a pest. Thousands are killed each year, but more and more it seems the killing is justified for commercial reasons as a lot of kangaroos are used for meat and other products. Filmmakers Michael McIntyre and Kate McIntyre-Clere spent four years working on this confronting, powerful and eye-opening documentary that looks at out Continue reading

MEAL TICKETS – interview with Mat de Koning

by GREG KING Meal Tickets is a documentary that follows the lives of high school band mates trying to find success in the music industry. Film maker Mat de Koning met Mitch, Ben, Lee and Charlie at a Perth high school. The four mates went on to form the punk band The Screwtop Detonators, while Mat filmed their journey. Beginning with their tour of the US, Mat followed the band through its highs and lows, as they try to find success in a music industry that was changing due to technology and social media. Mat spent nearly ten years on the film and shot some Continue reading

BLUE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Karina Holden. Like Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, this impressive, earnest and persuasive documentary deals with environmental issues as well, but it also delivers some inconvenient but necessary truths of its own about the destruction of our oceans. Blue is a sobering and timely look at the ecology of our oceans, and it considers the impact that man has had on the world's oceans. This documentary shows us the devastation that is being caused everyday across the planet from overfishing, coastal developments, Continue reading

BLUE – interview with Karina Holden

by GREG KING Blue is a provocative environmentally themed documentary that looks at the damage that industrialisation has caused to our oceans over the last century. It mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land - industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. Greg spoke to director Karina Holden to learn more about the making of the film and what she hopes audiences will take away from Continue reading