SWEET COUNTRY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Warwick Thronton Stars: Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Ewen Leslie, Matt Day, Thomas M Wright, Tremayne Doolan, Trevan Doolan. Sweet Country is the sophomore feature film from indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton, best known for his acclaimed, award winning 2009 drama Samson and Delilah. This is only his second feature film, but in the decade since then he has been busy with short films, television projects and documentaries like We Don’t Need A Map, which premiered at the Sydney International 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

RED DOG: TRUE BLUE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kriv Stenders Stars: Levi Miller, Bryan Brown, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Cocquerel, Calen Tassone, John Jarratt, Kee Chan, Jessica Clarke, Zen McGrath. Kriv Stenders' Red Dog was a feel good film that captivated Australian audiences way back in 2011. It was a genuine crowd pleaser and a tear jerker and also one of the highest grossing films of the year. It proved so popular that are sequel was probably inevitable given how the industry works. But is has taken five years to bring a sequel to the screen. Stenders Continue reading

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Derek Cianfrance Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Jack Thompson, Garry McDonald, Bryan Brown, Anthony Hayes, Jane Menelaus, Florence Clery, Thomas Unger, Benedict Hardie, Emily Barclay. A melodramatic and heart wrenching tale of love, sacrifice, responsibility, grief, forgiveness, and the impossible choices that parents sometimes have to make for the sake of their children, The Light Between Oceans is a lush and visually gorgeous adaptation of the best selling 2012 novel written by M L Stedman. Fans of the Continue reading

KILL ME THREE TIMES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kriv Stenders Stars: Simon Pegg, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown. This is the type of noir-inspired film that Australian filmmakers do really well when they tackle the genre. Written by first time writer James McFarland Kill Me Three Times is a vicious and offbeat black comedy take on the noir genre with a high body count. McFarland uses a non linear narrative structure reminiscent of classics like The Usual Suspects or early Tarantino and Coen brothers. Simon Pegg (who Continue reading