THE FAMILY – interview with Rosie Jones

by GREG KING The Family explores the history of the strange abusive sect established by former yoga teacher Anna Hamilton-Byrne in Ferny Creek in the 1960s, and which flourished at a property in picturesque Lake Eildon in the late 1960s. In this comprehensive documentary director Rosie Jones gives us some chilling insights into the sect. As part of our MIFF 2016 coverage, Greg spoke to Rosie about the challenges of putting together this documentary. The Family screens at the cinema Nova from February 23. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/f4d7xtrui3jya73/210708_001.MP3 Continue reading

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeff Nichols Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, Bill Camp. Jeff Nichols' previous two films - Take Shelter and Mud - were impressive and established his reputation as a director to watch. Mud in particular was a southern Gothic thriller that cemented Matthew McConaughey's reputation as a serious dramatic actor and appeared on many critics' best of list for 2012. The film also began with a limited art house release before positive word of mouth saw it gain a wider release. Continue reading

ONE EYED GIRL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Nick Matthews Stars: Mark Leonard Winter, Steve Le Marquand, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Craig Behanna. Psychiatry and religion are two crutches that people turn to in times of trouble, seeking help, spiritual guidance and comfort. But these twin sources of help are also double-edged swords and have often been exploited for darker purposes. With religion, the dark side is often the suicide cults with their brainwashing, manipulation and the ability of charismatic leaders to pray on the vulnerable and the troubled. This new low budget Continue reading

ONE-EYED GIRL – interview with director Nick Matthews

by GREG KING Nick Matthews' critically acclaimed dark psychological thriller One-Eyed Girl will have its Melbourne premiere screening Thursday April 23 at 7pm at the Classic Cinema. Having won the Austin Film Festival's prestigious Dark Matters Best Picture Award, Nick Matthews debut film features first rate performances by Mark Leonard Winter (Healing) and Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays). A Q&A with the director Nick Matthews, producer David Ngo, and actors Craig Behenna and Mark Leonard Winter will follow the screening. To learn more about the film, Greg Continue reading