Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Trengrove Stars: Nakhane Toure, Niza Jay Ncoyini Bongile Mantsai. From South African filmmaker John Trengrove comes this controversial coming of age film about a group of adolescent boys of Xhosa background who are taken to a remote bushland for their traditional manhood initiation ceremony of ulwaluka – i.e.: a circumcision. It is a dangerous ritual, and indeed many young men have died as a result. Mentors, who have previously undergone the secret ritual, are on hand to help the boys through the Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin McKenna Stars: Sean Keenan, Greg Stone, Matt Cowell, Charlotte Best, Susie Porter, Julia Blake. An Australian Rebel Without A Cause? There is a strong cinematic tradition of coming of age tales about teenage angst and rebellious youth trying to find their place in the world and the consequences of their disaffection. Often they are trying to deal with a world that doesn't understand them. This tough local drama is a fine addition to this genre, although it is fairly gritty film that will not hold broad appeal for an audience. It Continue reading

IS THIS THE REAL WORLD – interview with Martin McKenna

by GREG KING The new Australian feature film Is This The Real World is a coming of age story that follows Mark Blazey, a troubled rebel without a cause. Greg spoke to writer/director Martin McKenna to find out more. Continue reading


By GREG KING. Celebrating its 26th year in 2015, the Alliance Française French Film Festival is a highly anticipated and extremely popular event on the Australian cultural calendar. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France. Over a period of eight weeks, a program consisting of blockbusters and independent films alike will screen at palace cinemas in eight cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Perth and Hobart. The festival also includes glamorous opening nights, Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross Stars: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokenia, Data Zakareishvili, Zurab Gogaladze. Life in Tbilisi, in Georgia Russia in 1992, was hard, and it seemed like a fairly grim place to live. The country had just achieved its independence as the former Soviet Union splintered, but as the country struggled to find its feet, poverty and unemployment was everywhere, there were breadlines and often power failures. And even families were fractured with bitter conflicts and heated arguments. In Bloom is a grim and rather Continue reading