JIRGA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Benjamin Gilmour Stars: Sam Smith, Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad, Mohammad Mosam, Kefeyat Lag Humani. This low budget drama is the sophomore feature film from Australian writer/director Benjamin Gilmour, and follows his 2007 drama Son Of A Lion, which was set in post 9/11 Pakistan. Gilmour is familiar with the region and has chosen to set his new film in Afghanistan. Jirga deals with an Australian soldier who returns to the region several years later on a personal mission of redemption. Years earlier during a raid on a village, Mike Continue reading

WEST OF SUNSHINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Raftopoulos Stars: Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Arthur Angel, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Faye Smythe, Kat Stewart, Kaarin Fairfax. This low budget, rough around the edges Melbourne-shot drama is an exploration of a troubled father/son dynamic shot through with a terrific sense of realism. The film follows the plight of Jim (Damian Hill), an inveterate and hapless gambler with a self-destructive streak who is trying to pay of a $15000 loan to a ruthless loan shark (Tony Nikolakopoulos). He has until five o’clock to pay off the debt Continue reading

FELONY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Saville Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton, Jai Courtney, Melissa George, Sarah Roberts. One particular genre that Australian filmmakers seem to get right is the gritty crime drama - films like Animal Kingdom and the underrated and criminally ignored The Square are amongst some of the finest in the genre and mix violence with some laconic humour. The forthcoming Cut Snake is a generic noir like drama but it is also quite hard-hitting and violent. Chosen to close the recent Melbourne International Film Festival, Felony comes Continue reading