THE GATEWAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John V Soto Stars: Jacqueline McKenzie, Myles Pollard, Ben Mortley, Ryan Panizza, Shannon Berry, Hayley McElhinney. Western Australian based filmmaker John V Soto specialises in B-grade genre films such as the 2014 crime drama The Reckoning. For his fourth feature film the genre hopping Soto ventures into science fiction territory with the low budget mind bending The Gateway, which deals with ambitious themes like parallel worlds and teleportation. But Soto’s ambitions are somewhat limited by 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

THREE SUMMERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Elton Stars: Robert Sheehan, Rebecca Breeds, John Waters, Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Kelton Pell, Kate Box, Amay Jain, Peter Rosethorn, Christian Van Vuren, Nick Boshier, Caroline Brazier. This amiable crowd-pleasing comedy is set against the backdrop of the fictitious annual Westival Folk Music Festival in Western Australia. Every year people gather to enjoy the music and the atmosphere. Amongst the regular visitors are the WArrikins, an Irish folk music band fronted by fiddle Continue reading

DON’T TELL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tori Garrett Stars: Jack Thompson, Aden Young, Sara West, Rachel Griffiths, Susie Porter, Martin Sacks, Robert Taylor, Jacqueline McKenzie, Robert Coleby, Gyton Grantley, Kiara Freeman, Leeanna Walsman, Ashlee Lollback, Caroline Kennison. Based on a true story, this Australian courtroom drama shares a common theme with the Oscar winning drama Spotlight. Both films deal with themes of sexual abuse, cover ups, abuse of power, truth, justice and the courage to fight against injustice. While that film depicted the Boston Globe’s Continue reading

FORCE OF DESTINY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Cox Stars: David Wenham, Jacqueline McKenzie, Hannah Fredericksen, Shahana Goswani, Kym Gyngell, Mohan Agasha, , Terry Norris, Genevieve Picot. Dutch born filmmaker Paul Cox is certainly one of our most prolific filmmakers. A perennial favourite of the Melbourne International Film Festival, his 1979 feature Kostas was the first Australian film to open the Festival. The auteur's 47th feature fittingly opens the 64th MIFF recently, but I felt it was not the best choice for opening night film. Force Of Destiny is his most personal and Continue reading