BREATH OF FRESH AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – REVIEWS

The Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival screened in Launceston, Tasmania, from May 17-20. ALL FILMES REVIEWED BY GREG KING PECKING ORDER. Last year we saw Chicken People, a US documentary set against the background of competitive chicken raising, and we met three people obsessed with raising their chickens and competing in best of show competitions. This quirky and off beat New Zealand documentary explores some similar territory in warm and witty fashion. Pecking Order centres around the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club, a club which has a long and Continue reading

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lee Stars: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secarneau, Ian Hart, Gemma Jones. Wuthering Heights meets Brokeback Mountain? Johnny Saxby (played by Josh O'Connor, from tv series Peaky Blinders, etc) is a sullen, morose young man who works on his family farm. Since his father Martin (Ian Hart) suffered a debilitating stroke though he has had more responsibility loaded on his shoulders. It's a hard and often lonely life for Johnny, who escapes from the drudgery of his life through bouts of binge drinking at a Continue reading

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY – interview with Francis Lee

by GREG KING God's Own Country is a gay themed romance set on the bleak moors of Yorkshire - sort of like Wuthering Heights meets Brokeback Mountain if you will. But the film deals with some big issues as well, such as European immigration, class, sexuality. It is the debut feature from actor turned director Francis Lee. Greg caught up with Francis while he was in town to introduce screenings of the film at the Melbourne International Film Festival to find out more about the making of the film and some of the influences that shaped it. God's Own Country hits Continue reading