BIG IN JAPAN – interview with David Elliot-Jones and Louis Dai

by GREG KING In the documentary Big In Japan, Melbourne filmmaking trio Lachlan McLeod (director), Louis Dai (editor) and David Elliot-Jones explore the nature of fame and the culture of fame, in a world where Facebook and YouTube can make instant celebrities. The trio journeyed to Japan, where the people seem to worship foreign talents. The title itself refers to the phenomenon of Western fame in Japan. The three filmmakers embark on a mission to see if they can make Dave - a 26-year old nobody - famous. The film was four years in the making. Greg spoke to David and Continue reading

CONOR MCGREGOR: NOTORIOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Gavin Fitzgerald. Not to be confused with the 2009 biopic of rapper Notorious B I G, this documentary charts the rise from obscurity and poverty to wealth and success of mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor. Director Gavin Fitzgerald was granted lots of intimate access to McGregor over the four years of filming. We first meet him when he is living in his mother's house in rural Ireland, broke but full of ambition. He regularly trains in a run-down gym in Dublin. But he is determined to Continue reading

SCHOOL LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Neesa Ni Chianain. This is an observational fly on the wall documentary that spends a year at Headfort, the only remaining boarding school in Ireland for primary aged children aged between 7 and 12. Entrenched in a sense of history and tradition, the school itself has been around since 1949 and has a holistic approach to education. The school is situated on an 18th century estate in the idyllic Irish countryside. Filmmaker Neesa Ni Chianain and her co-director David Rane spent twelve months embedded in the school, Continue reading

BLUE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Karina Holden. Like Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, this impressive, earnest and persuasive documentary deals with environmental issues as well, but it also delivers some inconvenient but necessary truths of its own about the destruction of our oceans. Blue is a sobering and timely look at the ecology of our oceans, and it considers the impact that man has had on the world's oceans. This documentary shows us the devastation that is being caused everyday across the planet from overfishing, coastal developments, Continue reading

25 TRACKS – interview with Fiona Cochrane

by GREG KING 25 Tracks is a documentary looking at Cath Sheahan and Nick Larkins, two indie singer songwriters from Melbourne who planned to record and release a new song, every two weeks of the year. They invited local filmmaker Fiona Cochrane to record their project, and the result is this 52-minute documentary. Greg spoke to Fiona about her film career and the origins of 25 Tracks, which is screening as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. http://www.mediafire.com/file/zccn9xq2b1wnpcn/220623_003.MP3 Continue reading