LAST FLAG FLYING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richard Linklater Stars: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, J Quinton Johnson, Yul Vazquez, Deanna Reed-Foster, Graham Wolfe, Cicely Tyson. The latest film from director Richard Linklater (the Oscar winning Boyhood, the Before trilogy, etc) is a road movie that offers up a meditation on the bonds of male friendship, patriotism and the nature of war. This is his most political and cynical movie to date and it is deeply critical of the US military policies. The film draws powerful parallels between the Continue reading

THE 2018 ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL – interview with festival director Paul Harris

by GREG KING The 35th St Kilda Film Festival screens from May 17 – May 26. The festival is the longest running publicly owned short film festival. As well as screening the Top 100 Short Film Competition, there are plenty of other exciting programs, including SoundKILDA, Right There On My TV, the Guanajuato International Film Festival and a retrospective on local filmmaker David Batty. The opening night is at the Palais Theatre, with other screenings at the St Kilda Town Hall. Greg speaks to the festival’s long-time director Paul Harris, who celebrates 20 years Continue reading

THE GATEWAY – interview with John V Soto

by GREG KING The Gateway is the fourth film from Western Australian filmmaker John V Soto. This low budget sci-fi thriller was written by Soto and Michael White. Jane Chandler (Jacqueline McKenzie), a particle physicist grieving over the loss of her husband, travels to a parallel world to find him again, with dire consequences for her family. The Gateway hits cinemas on May 3. Greg speaks to writer/director John V Soto to find out about writing the script, casting the film and shooting the film on a $2million Continue reading

NO STONE UNTURNED – interview with Trevor Birney

by GREG KING No Stone Unturned is a new documentary from Alex Gibney. The film is a murder mystery that reveals the kind of secrets governments keep. In 1994, six people were gunned down as they watched the World Cup in a small pub in a village in Northern Ireland. Decades later, family members looking for answers discover a cover-up. Gibney reveals collusion between Loyalist paramilitaries and the British government in a hard-hitting investigation into the murder of six Catholics in a small pub in County Down in 1994. Trevor Birney is the film’s Continue reading

IRISH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Enda Murray

by GREG KING The 4th Irish Film Festival screens at Melbourne’s Kino Cinemas from April 26 through to April 28. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland and a couple of the films in this year’s festival examine the legacy of the “troubles.” The opening night film is Maze, a dramatization of the 1983 mass breakout from the notorious Maze prison. There is also No Stone Unturned, a new documentary from Alex Gibney that probes a 1994 murder and the subsequent cover up. Greg spoke to the festival’s artistic director Enda Murray to Continue reading