THE VELVET QUEEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Marie Amiguet, Vincent Munier In 2019, award winning nature photographer Vincent Munier set out to try and capture vision of the rare and elusive snow leopard in its natural habitat. There are less than 7000 snow leopards in the world today and they mostly live in the most remote regions of the Himalayas, and rarely venture below 3500 feet.   Munier was accompanied on this expedition by Cesar award winning filmmaker and cinematographer Marie Amiguet and his friend, the best-selling travel writer Sylvain Tesson (In Continue reading

UNDER COVER – interview with SUE THOMSON

 by GREG KING Women over 50 are the fastest growing cohort experiencing homelessness in Australia. In this new documentary filmmaker Sue Thomson (The Coming Back Out Ball Movie) takes a look at this crisis, and presents the stories of several women who through no fault of their own have found themselves dealing with this experience. Thomson spent three years working on the film, which is narrated by Margot Robbie. The film releases in cinemas on October 6, and $5 from every ticket sold at participating Palace Cinemas on World Homeless Day October 10 will be donated Continue reading

MOONAGE DAYDREAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Brett Morgen.  David Bowie, who died in 2016, was one of the most iconic and enigmatic artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He was a chameleon who changed his personality and reinvented his stage persona with every new recording and concert tour.   Taking its title from a song Bowie recorded in 1971, this documentary about the singer comes from filmmaker Brett Morgen (Crossfire Hurricane, etc), and it unfolds in a dazzling collage of images and music. Moonage Daydream follows a similar structure as Continue reading

THE OTHER FELLOW – interview with MATT BAUER

by GREG KING  James Bond is the most famous cinematic spy. And we know the story about how Ian Fleming appropriated the name of a birdwatcher for his iconic character. But what happens to other people who share that iconic name? How do they cope with the gags about martinis, etc? Filmmaker Matt Bauer was intrigued enough to seek out a number of men all over the world who share that name and he learns about their experiences. Amongst the many people he meets during the course of this fascinating documentary are a gay theatre director, a prisoner in an Indiana jail, Continue reading

ELIZABETH: A PORTRAIT IN PART(S)

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Roger Michell The final film from director Roger Michell (whose drama The Duke is currently screening in cinemas) is a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning British monarch. The documentary has been released to coincide with her platinum jubilee. While this may not be the definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II it will please monarchists as it gives us a glimpse into her personality.   Michell and his team have sifted through hours of archival and news reel footage to arrive at this rather Continue reading