WAYNE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jeremy Sims. This well made, well-researched and entertaining documentary traces the life of Australia’s motor cycle racing world champion Wayne Gardner from his humble beginnings in the Sydney suburb of Woollongong through to his rise to the top of his sport. It is a tale of ambition, speed, dangerous risks, adversity, success and love. Gardner was born in the working-class town of Woollongong, and, inspired by the classic movie On Any Sunday, from an early age he felt the need for speed. “I just wanted to go Continue reading

WORKING CLASS BOY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Mark Joffe. With nine consecutive #1 albums to his credit, Jimmy Barnes is one of Australia’s best selling and most popular recording artists. But there is more to Barnes than merely being the front man of Cold Chisel, one of the country’s best rock bands, or a successful solo artist, much of which may surprise even his fans. This revealing, heartfelt, raw and painfully honest documentary about Barnes’s troubled childhood and how he overcame his dark past to become a legend of the industry, and the forces that Continue reading

WHITNEY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Kevin MacDonald. This well researched and revealing film from Oscar winning filmmaker Kevin McDonald (Touching The Void, etc) is the second documentary in as many years charting the rise and tragic death of pop diva Whitney Houston. Whitney: Can I Be Me from British journalist and filmmaker Nick Broomfield centred more on her later years, depicting her decline through the drug abuse and her untimely death by drowning in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton at the age of 48. Broomfield’s documentary was more of a Continue reading

RBG

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Julie Cohen and Betsy West. Easily the best documentary to hit our screens so far this year, this engaging, insightful, inspiring and surprisingly entertaining documentary takes a look at the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a long serving and influential justice who sits on the bench of the US Supreme Court. At the age of 84 she is still full of energy, conviction and ideals, and she shows no sign of slowing down. A diminutive powerhouse with a sharp legal mind, she has become a significant voice of dissent Continue reading

MIDNIGHT OIL 1984

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ray Argall. 1984 was a pivotal year for iconic Australian rock band Midnight Oil. Formed in the early 70s from Sydney’s vibrant north shore, Midnight Oil forged its reputation for energetic live shows in the pub rock scene, with front man Peter Garrett finishing their sets exhausted and bathed in sweat.  The band defiantly forged its own path, refusing to play on tv shows like Countdown or following the usual music business norms of drugs and hard partying. The band was also known for its support of environmental and Continue reading