WEST OF SUNSHINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Raftopoulos Stars: Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Arthur Angel, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Faye Smythe, Kat Stewart, Kaarin Fairfax. This low budget, rough around the edges Melbourne-shot drama is an exploration of a troubled father/son dynamic shot through with a terrific sense of realism. The film follows the plight of Jim (Damian Hill), an inveterate and hapless gambler with a self-destructive streak who is trying to pay of a $15000 loan to a ruthless loan shark (Tony Nikolakopoulos). He has until five o’clock to pay off the debt Continue reading

SPIN OUT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Tim Ferguson, Marc Gracie Stars: Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin, Travis Jeffrey, Melissa Bergland, Lincoln Lewis, Christie Whelan Browne, Damian Hill, Brooke McClymont, Mark Nicholson, Aaron Tsindos, Aileen Huynh, Eddie Barroo, Lisa Kowalsi, Pia Grace Moon, Brendan Bacon. No this is not a remake of the fluffy and lightweight 1966 romcom that starred Elvis Presley as a part time NASCAR driver. Rather, this is a raucous, at times bawdy and crude Ocker comedy along the lines of Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Dimboola, Stork and even the more Continue reading

PAWNO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Ireland Stars: John Brumpton, Damian Hill, Kerry Armstrong, Mark Coles Smith, Malcolm Kennard, Daniel Fredericksen, Tony Rickards, Maeve Dermody, John Orcsik. Written by actor Damian Hill (Neighbours, etc) and directed by Paul Ireland, Pawno is a gritty ensemble driven slice of life drama and also a love letter to the suburb of Footscray and its multicultural nature and colourful inhabitants. It revolves around a seedy and cluttered pawn shop located in Barkly Street and the motley character who pass through its doors during a Continue reading

PAWNO – interview with director Paul Ireland

by GREG KING The new Australian film Pawno is set around a pawn shop in Footscray and depicts 24 hours in the lives of various people who hang around the shop. It was written by Damian Hill, and stars John Brumpton. The director is Paul Ireland, a former actor making his feature film debut with Pawno. Greg spoke to Paul to find out about the genesis of the film, the casting process and shooting on the streets of Footscray. http://www.mediafire.com/download/iqyqaau2a7xolpy/210326_001.MP3   Continue reading