SMALL TOWN KILLERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ole Borendal Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nicolas BRo, Mia Lynne, Lene Maria Christensen, Soren Malling, Marcin Dorocinski, Gwen Taylor. Nordic noir has always been darker and more twisted than American or British crime stories which probably explains its popularity. Small Town Killers is the latest Nordic crime film to emerge from Denmark, and despite its rather nasty premise it deftly mixes black comedy with screwball elements and is something of an unexpected treat. Edward (Ulrich Thomsen, a regular in Continue reading

DOWN UNDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Abe Forstyhe Stars: Lincoln Younes, Damon Herriman, Justin Rosniak, Chris Bunton, Alexander England, Rahel Romahn, Faysasl Bazzi, Michael Denkha, Harriet Dyer, Marshall Napier, David Field. Bogan culture on our screens is nothing unusual, dating back to The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie right through to Fat Pizza, Housos, and their ilk. And now the ugly bogan stereotype raises its head again in Down Under, a politically incorrect black comedy set in the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla Riots. This is very topical and timely, Continue reading

DOWN UNDER (MIFF 2016) – interview with Abe Forsythe

by GREG KING Down Under is a black comedy set in the aftermath of the Cronulla Riots, and it looks at some themes that are quite topical given recent events in Australia. This is writer/director Abe Forsythe's first feature film since 2003's Ned. Greg spoke to Abe to find out more about the film. Down Under screens as MIFF's Centrepiece Gala on Saturday August 6 at the Comedy Theatre. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/tp4r0fm5e17hjfk/210712_004.MP3 Continue reading

A PERFECT DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Eldar Residovic, Melanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan. M*A*S*H in Bosnia? This black comedy centres around Mambru (Benicio del Toro) and B (Tim Robbins), a couple of aid workers in the Balkans during the conflict of the 90s. Working with an NGO known as Aid Across Borders, they deal with the horrors of the war and the vicious consequences of ethnic hatred almost on a daily basis. The film begins with the pair trying to raise a morbidly obese body from a well Continue reading

THE DRESSMAKER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse Stars: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Shane Jacobson, Shane Bourne, Kerry Fox, Caroline Goodall, Rebecca Gibney, Barry Otto, Gyton Grantley, James MacKay, Genevieve Picot, Julia Blake, Terry Norris, Sacha Horler, Alison Whyte, Mark Leonard Winter. "I'm back, you bastards." With those words, Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage (Kate Winslet) steps off a bus and returns to her home town of Dungatar, a small town situated in the middle of nowhere. Twenty five years ago she was driven out of town Continue reading