VICEROY’S HOUSE – interview with Gurinder Chadha

by GREG KING Gurinder Chadha is best known for her film Bend It Like Beckham. She was in Australia to promote her latest film Viceroy’s House, a sweeping historical epic set against the turbulent backdrop of India in 1947, when the British Empire was leaving. Greg spoke to Gurinder about her personal connection to the events depicted in the film, casting, and the challenges in making such an ambitious period drama. http://www.mediafire.com/file/du12b1avq2fo5ls/220415_001.MP3   Continue reading

THE GREAT WALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Zhang Yimou Stars: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Jing TIan, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Zheng Pei, Pilou Ashbaek, Kenny Lin. Matt Damon fighting monsters on the Great Wall of China? The Great Wall of China is about 5500 miles long and took 1700 years to build, and it is often falsely- suggested that it is the only man made structure that can be seen from the moon. But why was it built? Some historians argue that it was to keep the Chinese safe from western invasion and influence. But in this fanciful Continue reading

THE CONSPIRATOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Robert Redford Stars: Robin Wright, Colm Meaney, Kevin Kline, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Danny Huston, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long. As a director Robert Redford seems to be drawn towards stories that explore his interest in politics, American history and miscarriages of justice. He has found the ideal material in the story of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), a widow who was arrested and charged alongside many of the key conspirators in the assassination of President Lincoln. The government assumed that because she ran a Continue reading

MOZART’S SISTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rene Feret Stars: David Moreau, Marc Barbe, Marie Feret, Lisa Feret, Clovis Fouin. This lavish and visually sumptuous costume drama from French actor turned director Rene Feret tells the little known story of Mozart’s older and equally as talented sister who was overshadowed by his fame. Her story was touched upon in the fascinating documentary In Search Of Mozart, but this film goes into greater detail, playfully mixing fact and fiction to good effect. Mozart’s Sister sets her coming-of-age story against the background of a Continue reading

FROM TIME TO TIME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julian Fellowes, Stars: Alex Etel, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Timothy Spall, Dominic West, Pauline Collins, Carice Van Houten, Eliza Hall Bennett, Kwayedza Kureya . There is something quaint and old fashioned about this intergenerational ghost story and family drama that spans two centuries. From Time To Time is based on the second volume in Lucy Boston’s series of novels about Green Knowe. The setting is rural England in 1944. Thirteen year old Tolly (Alex Etel, from Millions, The Water Horse, etc) has been sent to live Continue reading