THE EYE OF THE STORM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fred Schepisi Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, John Gaden, Alexandra Schepisi, Helen Morse, Robyn Nevin, Maria Theodorakis. This visually rich and literate adaptation of Patrick White’s novel marks Fred Schepisi’s first Australian film since Evil Angels, over 20 years ago. Written in 1973, White’s novel was an exploration of class issues in Australian society in the early 70’s, but much of it still seems relevant today. Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling, in fine form) is the imperious, Continue reading

A HEARTBEAT AWAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gale Edwards Stars: Sebastian Gregory, Colin Friels, Roy Billing, Isabel Lucas, William Zappa, Tammy MacIntosh. This crowd-pleasing Australian production is set in the small sleepy fishing village of Montague. Kevin Flack (Sebastian Gregory) is a guitar obsessed teen who dreams of playing in a rock band. His ambitions run counter to his father (William Zappa0), who is the leader of the town’s municipal marching band and believes that Kevin’s interest in rock music is wasting his potential. The town’s wily mayor Riddick (Colin Continue reading

THE ILLUSTRATED FAMILY DOCTOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kriv Stenders Stars: Samuel Johnson, Colin Friels, Sacha Horler, Kestie Morassi, Jessica Napier, Sarah Pierse, Jason Gann, Paul Sonnkila. Much has been written recently about the state of the local film industry, speculating about the reasons why audiences stay away in droves from our quirky, unfunny comedies and bleak, downbeat dramas. While the producers of this original but off beat low budget drama hold out high hopes for it, The Illustrated Family Doctor is unlikely to change audiences' perceptions about local productions Continue reading