WHITELEY – interview with James Bogle

by GREG KING Brett Whiteley is one of Australia’s most revered and probably controversial artists, known for his expressionistic approach. It is 25 years since he died, which gives the documentary a special relevance. Whiteley is a new documentary that gives us plenty of insight into his life, his work and legacy. Greg speaks to director James Bogle about the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/7758jzvh4y205zh/220405_001.MP3 Continue reading

VOYAGE OF THE SOUTHERN SUN – interview with Michael Smith

by GREG KING Michael Smith is the owner of Yarraville’s Sun Theatre. He also undertook his own adventure when he circumnavigated the world in his tiny amphibious flying boat to retrace the historical airmail routes of Qantas during the glory days of 1930’s aviation. Directed by Robert Murphy, who has shot the many short film trailers for the Sun Theatre, this documentary following Michael's journey features some spectacular footage and deserves to be seen on the big screen. Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Sun Theatre on Wednesday April 12, Greg spoke to Continue reading

ZACH’S CEREMONY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Aaron Petersen. This documentary follows 16-year-old indigenous youth Zach Doomadgee as he prepares for his traditional initiation ceremony, a rite of passage into manhood for aboriginal boys. Outwardly Zach is a typical Sydney teenager, rebellious, resisting parental pressures and experimenting with drugs and alcohol. But Zach is also caught between two cultures – his aboriginal heritage and his life in bustling Sydney - he is finding it hard to fit in and struggling to find his own identity. In some regards the film Continue reading

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Otto Bell. This is one of the most gorgeous and visually stunning documentaries I’ve seen in a long time. First time feature documentary filmmaker Otto Bell, who comes from a background in advertising, gives us a rare glimpse into to lives and traditions of the nomadic Kazakh tribespeople who live in the remote foothills of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia. We’ve seen a couple of fictional dramas set in this world, with The Story Of The Weeping Camel in 2003 and Tulpan in 2008, but this documentary Continue reading

DAVID STRATTON – A CINEMATIC LIFE – interview with David Stratton

by GREG KING David Stratton is the doyen of Australian film critics, familiar to most people through his appearances with fellow critic Margaret Pomeranz on the long running television programs The Movie Show and At The Movies. He has long had a passion for the cinema and has championed Australian cinema through his role as director of The Sydney Film Festival. David’s life and love for Australian cinema are at the centre of a new documentary David Stratton – A Cinematic Life, which has been directed by veteran filmmaker Sally Aitken. It is as much about his journey Continue reading