JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Eddie Tamir

by GREG KING The 2017 Jewish International Film Festival screens at the Lido and Classic Cinemas here in Melbourne from October 25 through to November 22. This year, the festival presents 65 films from across the globe that celebrate the remarkable diversity of Jewish culture and storytelling - from Israel, France and Australia, to the Yiddish-speaking neighbourhoods of Brooklyn. This year's program includes 38 features and 23 documentaries. The opening night film is Menashe, while the closing night film is The Rebel In The Rye, a drama about the young J D Salinger, Continue reading

BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Kim Petalas

by GREG KING The British Film Festival 2017 screens at Palace Cinemas from October 24. The opening night film is Breathe, the directorial debut from actor Andy Serkis, and this inspiring true story stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foye. The closing night film is the feel good Finding Your Feet. This year's retrospective screenings feature four star studded adaptations of classic Agatha Christie mysteries, including Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, Evil Under The Sun, and The Mirror Crack'd, featuring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple. There are also Continue reading

TOM OF FINLAND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dome Karukoski Stars: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Seumas Sergent, Jakob Oftebro, Christian Sandstrom, Niklas Hogner, Werner Daen. Finland's official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2018, this handsome looking production is a biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen, whose erotic drawings under the pseudonym of Tom of Finland had a huge influence on gay identity and became a symbol of gay pride in the sexually liberated 70s and 80s. Laaksonen's life was previously explored in Ilppo Pohjola's 1991 documentary Continue reading

THE VIPER’S HEX – interview with co-directors Addison Heath and Jasmine Jakupi and producer Dylan Heath

by GREG KING. The Viper's Hex is the fourth feature for Addison, whose previous film Mondo Yakuza was one of the hits of last year's Monsterfest. The Viper's Hex was shot in Japan over a period of five weeks. Addison, Jasmine and Dylan came into the studio for a lengthy chat about the film, shooting in Japan, their love of Japan and Yakuza cinema, and lots more in a wide-ranging interview. The Viper's Hex will screen as part of Monsterfest at the Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn on November Continue reading

INNUENDO – interview with cast and crew David Farrington, Pauline Grace, Charly Harrison and Heidi Salander

by GREG KING Innuendo is a dark and twisted tale from writer/director and star Saara Lamberg. It is her debut feature film, and has done well on the festival circuit. The film is screening at Melbourne's Cinema Nova on Friday October 20, with cast and crew in attendance for a Q&A session. Cast members David Farrington and Pauline Grace, and composer Charly Harrison and make-up artist and extra Heidi Salander joined Greg live in the 3WBC studios for a chat about the film. http://www.mediafire.com/file/sdkcz0ct85l5te5/220929_001.MP3 Continue reading