BREATH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Baker Stars: Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Samuel Coulter, Ben Spence, Richard Roxburgh, Rachael Blake, Jacek Koman, Miranda Frangou. This haunting and elegiac coming of age tale is set on the wind-swept coastline of Western Australia in the 70s. It centres around two 14-year old boys and surf rats - Bruce Pike, aka Pikelet, (played by newcomer Samuel Coulter) and Ivan Loon, aka Loonie, (newcomer Ben Spence) - who are best friends. Pike is a good boy from a respectable family. He is Continue reading

LADY BIRD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greta Gerwig Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Felsetin, Odeya Rush, Stephen Henderson, Lois Smith, Bob Stephenson, Jordan Rodrigues, Marielle Scott. Greta Gerwig is best known for her work as an actress working in the independent scene, especially in the quirky, low budget mumblecore comedies of Joe Swanberg and her collaborations with Noah Baumbach in films like Frances Ha, Mistress America, etc. Now she steps behind the camera for her solo directorial debut with this Continue reading

20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Mills Stars: Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat. The opening night attraction of the recent American Essentials Film Festival, 20th Century Women is the latest film from writer/director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker, etc). His previous film was Beginners, which was inspired by the story of his own father, who came out as gay at the age of 75 following a battle with cancer. It starred Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, who won an Oscar for his flamboyant performance. His Continue reading

HANDSOME DEVIL – interview with John Butler

by GREG KING Handsome Devil is a great little gay themed coming of age tale set in an all-boys boarding school. It is semi-autobiographical, says writer/director John Butler. He speaks to Greg about making the movie, casting the characters and about influences on the character of Mr Sheedy, the sympathetic teacher played by Andrew Scott. http://www.mediafire.com/file/aoo8xoe5vnjepaa/220213_004.MP3   Continue reading

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Otto Bell. This is one of the most gorgeous and visually stunning documentaries I’ve seen in a long time. First time feature documentary filmmaker Otto Bell, who comes from a background in advertising, gives us a rare glimpse into to lives and traditions of the nomadic Kazakh tribespeople who live in the remote foothills of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia. We’ve seen a couple of fictional dramas set in this world, with The Story Of The Weeping Camel in 2003 and Tulpan in 2008, but this documentary Continue reading