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

THE GATEWAY BUG – interview with Johanna B Kelly

by GREG KING Entomophagy is the nutritional value of eating insects, and in this new documentary Johanna B Kelly explores how changing our diets can also have a positive effect on the environment. The Gateway Bug screens at the Cinema Nova on July 16 as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Greg had a chat to Johanna about the origins of the movie, the research, the kickstarter funding campaign and the process of shaping the 100 hours of footage into what we see on screen. http://www.mediafire.com/file/jpdwhkig48qbmsz/220622_001.MP3 Continue reading

TUNNEL VISION – interview with Ivan Hexter

by GREG KING Tunnel Vision is a documentary depicting the successful grass roots community organised campaign to stop the construction of the East West Tunnel. For local filmmaker Ivan Hexter this was something of a personal project and he spent two years shooting and editing the film. Greg spoke to Ivan to find out more about this documentary, which is screening at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on July 16. http://www.mediafire.com/file/kuwzmxxva2egcb2/220616_001.MP3   Continue reading

HOTEL COOLGARDIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Pete Gleeson. Coolgardie is a small mining town situated some 500kms east of Perth. It is a remote, insular and isolated town where little ever happens. The social hub of the town is the local pub, the Denver City Hotel. Every season a couple of new barmaids, usually backpackers from Europe, arrive for a three-month stint to earn some money, pouring beers. This fly on the wall verite documentary from first time feature film maker Pete Gleeson follows the latest two arrivals – Finnish backpackers Lina and Steph. Continue reading

KEDI

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ceyda Torun. Kedi is the Turkish word for cat, and cat lovers everywhere will relish this simple but charming documentary from Turkey about the stray cats that live on the streets of Istanbul. Cats have been a feature of the city for hundreds of years. The adorable feral felines are cared for by the various local people who work in the market, the shops and the harbour, who also feed them. The cats are for the most part independent, but are more than happy to accept food and hugs from the locals. Kedi is the debut Continue reading