DOWN UNDER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Abe Forstyhe Stars: Lincoln Younes, Damon Herriman, Justin Rosniak, Chris Bunton, Alexander England, Rahel Romahn, Faysasl Bazzi, Michael Denkha, Harriet Dyer, Marshall Napier, David Field. Bogan culture on our screens is nothing unusual, dating back to The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie right through to Fat Pizza, Housos, and their ilk. And now the ugly bogan stereotype raises its head again in Down Under, a politically incorrect black comedy set in the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla Riots. This is very topical and timely, Continue reading

NOW ADD HONEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Wayne Hope Stars: Robyn Butler, Portia De Rossi, Lucy Durack, Hamish Blake, Lucy Fry, Angus Sampson, Philippa Coulthard, Erik Thompson, David Field, Robbie Magasiva, Ben Lawson. We've seen lots of films depicting dysfunctional families, and we can now add the the field this grating and largely unfunny locally made comedy that focuses on the Morgan family. A few years ago there was a rather dreary comedy entitled Did You Hear About The Morgans?, and the answer then was a resounding "I wish I hadn't". Much the same answer applies to this Continue reading

LAST CAB TO DARWIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeremy Sims Stars: Michael Caton, Mark Coles Smith, Emma Hamilton, Jacki Weaver, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, David Field, John Howard. Based on a true story, Last Cab To Darwin is a rich and beautifully written character study that tells the story of Rex Macrae (Michael Caton), a taxi driver from Broken Hill diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, who drives all the way to Darwin to try and take advantage of the new euthanasia laws being enacted in the Northern Territory. Actor turned director Jeremy Sims (Beneath Hill 60, etc) and his regular Continue reading

BLACK ROCK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Vidler Stars: Laurence Bruels, Linda Cropper, Simon Lyndon, Jessica Napier, Rebecca Smart, Chris Haywood, Essie Davis, Justine Clark, Jeannette Cronin, David Field Running Time: 90 minutes Adapted from the stage play by Nick Enright (Lorenzo's Oil, etc), Black Rock is a punchy, powerful and hard hitting Australian drama examining the devastating impact a brutal rape and shocking murder has on a small community. Black Rock is a provocative and topical film that succinctly evokes every parent's worst nightmare, but it also has a Continue reading