THE COMING BACK OUT BALL MOVIE – interview with Sue Thomson

by GREG KING In October 2017 a party was held at Melbourne Town Hall for the elders of the city’s LGBTI community. The Coming Back Out Ball was a celebration for many of the now ageing people who’d lived through the “dark ages” of the 60s and 70s when their sexual identity was often treated as a crime. Filmmaker Sue Thomson made this poignant documentary about the preparations for the event and the actual ball itself. Sue spoke to Greg about the three years she spent working on the film and the reaction to many of Melbourne’s gay community to seeing their stories on Continue reading

I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jessica Leski. To most of us, boy bands like One Direction are bland, formulaic, mass produced cheesy groups that appeal to teenaged girls attracted more by their pretty looks than the depth of their lyrics. The mass hysteria with which hordes of obsessed, screaming fans greet their idols is a pop culture phenomenon that is extraordinary. This documentary looks at the cultural phenomenon of fandom and obsession. I Used To Be Normal spans three generations of obsessive, tragic boyband fans, but this is also a universal Continue reading

AMERICAN ANIMALS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bart Layton Stars: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd, Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Chas Allen, Eric Borsuk, Betty Jean Gooch. In 2004, four bored college students attempted a brazen heist in which they set out to steal $12million worth of rare and valuable books from the special collections room of the library at Transylvania University in Kentucky. Spencer Reinhard (played by Barry Keoghan, from Dunkirk and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, etc) was an aspiring artist who became obsessed with a Continue reading

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