A FIRE INSIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Luke Mazzaferro, Justin Krook.  As we approach another hot, dry summer here in Australia, this inspiring documentary is both timely and relevant. A Fire Inside was filmed largely during the bushfires that devastated much of Australia’ east coast in the so-called “Black Summer” of 2019-20, the worst fire season ever recorded. An area the size of the UK was burnt out and the smoke cloud caused by the fires circled around the globe. Some 3000 homes were destroyed, a massive amount of wildlife was killed, Continue reading

KING OTTO

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Christopher Andre Marks. Some of the best sports documentaries include Leon Gast’s Oscar winning 1997 film When We Were Kings, which told of the famous 1974 Rumble in the Jungle, the heavyweight championship bout between Ali and George Foreman held in Zaire; 2010’s Senna, and the Oscar winning 2018 film Free Solo. While Christopher Andre Marks’ documentary King Otto is a fascinating underdog story it is not quite in the same league as those mentioned above. The film tells of how the Greek soccer team, rank Continue reading

WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Matt Tyrnauer This is a well-researched, provocative and revealing documentary about the infamous lawyer Roy Cohn, an ambitious, unscrupulous and aggressive lawyer and power broker who shaped American politics in the second half of the twentieth century. Having graduated from Columbia Law School at the age of 20, Cohn successfully prosecuted Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who had been accused of treason and selling nuclear secrets to the Russians. The pair were executed, but some questions remain about Cohn's tactics Continue reading

HALSTON

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Frederic Tcheng. This comprehensive documentary about the rise and fall of the iconic and flamboyant fashion designer, simply known by one name, is a tale of fashion, fame, fortune, excess and hubris. Roy Halston Frowick was born in Iowa in the Depression era, but made his reputation in New York in the 70s. He started his career as a milliner. He designed the iconic pillbox hat for Jackie Kennedy, which basically established his reputation and made him a household name. He became the main designer at upmarket New Continue reading

DEFEND CONSERVE PROTECT

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Stephen Amis This powerful eye-opening documentary follows the efforts of the Sea Shepherd crews to thwart the Japanese whaling fleet in the Great Southern Ocean. Every year the Japanese whaling fleet arrogantly and ignorantly continue to hunt endangered but protected Minke whales under the guise of scientific research. The Sea Shepherd crews are pretty much now the only force policing the illegal whaling and fishing in this part of the world. The crews are mainly volunteers, and they face great danger from the Continue reading