CARGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Ben Howling, Yolande Ramke Stars: Martin Freeman, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes, Simone Landers, Kris McQuade, David Gulpilil, Caren Pistorious, Natasha Wanganeen, Bruce R Carter. A strange virus has wiped out most of the population, leaving behind hordes of the walking dead. When someone is bitten by these “zombies” they have 48 hours before they are turned into one of these undead. Set in a post-apocalyptic remote outback Australia, Cargo follows Andy (Martin Freeman, from The Hobbit trilogy) and his wife Kay (Susie Porter) Continue reading

ANOTHER COUNTRY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Molly Reynolds. Another Country is a revealing and sometimes confronting documentary that looks at the impact that the white man's culture has had on thousands of years of aboriginal culture. "Our culture doesn’t fit your culture," says narrator David Gulpilil. This is a film about what happened when the aboriginals' traditional culture was interrupted by the white man's culture, and Gulpilil makes few bones about the issue. The film is the result of a collaboration between filmmaker Rolf de Heer, his partner Molly Reynolds Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – reviews

ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 16, 2015 check back daily during the festival for updates   LISTEN TO ME MARLON. Film buffs will certainly appreciate this revealing and fascinating documentary in which we learn about the reclusive Hollywood star Marlon Brando, who died in 2004. In the 50s, the young Brando blazed a trail across the Broadway stages in plays like A Streetcar Named Desire, before embarking on a film career. He had charisma and a dynamic screen presence that earned him two Oscars. But he also squandered his talents in a number of Continue reading

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rolf De Heer Stars: David Gulpilil, Luke Ford, Peter Djigirr, Gary Sweet, Jennifer Budukpuduk Gaykamangu, Gary Waddell. Charlie's Country is Rolf De Heer's 14th feature film, and the third film in his unofficial trilogy exploring aboriginal issues - Ten Canoes dealt with the past and ancient traditional aboriginal ways and their dreamtime; The Tracker dealt with the cruel treatment of aboriginals in the 19th century by the white settlers; and this film is a confronting look at contemporary problems facing Australia's indigenous Continue reading

RABBIT PROOF FENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phillip Noyce Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, Everlyn Sampri, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Garry MacDonald. After several big budget Hollywood thrillers (Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, etc), Phillip Noyce returns home for this rather small scale but very topical film exploring one of the more controversial chapters of Australia’s recent history – the issue of the stolen children. Set in 1931, the film, based on a true story, follows the adventures of three young girls as they travel 1200 miles Continue reading