THE MENKOFF METHOD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Parker Stars: Noah Taylor, Lachlan Woods, Jessica Clarke, Robert Taylor, Malcolm Kennard, Catherine McClements, Olga Makeeva, David Whiteley, Andy Ryan, John Brumpton. Cinematographer David Parker has, with his wife writer/director Nadia Tass, created some of the best Australian comedies, with the classic Malcolm and The Big Steal. But when branching out as a filmmaker on his own the results have been a little less spectacular. With The Menkoff Method Parker steps back into the director's chair for the first time since 1997's Continue reading

PAWNO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Ireland Stars: John Brumpton, Damian Hill, Kerry Armstrong, Mark Coles Smith, Malcolm Kennard, Daniel Fredericksen, Tony Rickards, Maeve Dermody, John Orcsik. Written by actor Damian Hill (Neighbours, etc) and directed by Paul Ireland, Pawno is a gritty ensemble driven slice of life drama and also a love letter to the suburb of Footscray and its multicultural nature and colourful inhabitants. It revolves around a seedy and cluttered pawn shop located in Barkly Street and the motley character who pass through its doors during a Continue reading

THE LOVED ONES -interview with Sean Byrne

by GREG KING “The Loved Ones has its own irreverent sensibility and total Australian wild streak,” enthuses writer/director Sean Byrne about his debut feature film. “This is the kind of film that I wanted to watch as a young guy in Australia.”    The Loved Ones is a grisly and depraved horror film from a director who obviously understands and appreciated the tropes of the genre – hormonal adolescents, dark and disturbing secrets beneath the surface of a sleepy small town, and a demented serial killer at large. When Brent (Xavier Samuel) rebuffs an Continue reading

REDBALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jon Hewitt Stars: Belind McClory, John Brumpton, Frank Magree, Peter Docker, Anthea Davis, Neil Pigot, Daniel Richardson, James Young, Robert Morgan, Daniel Wyllie, Chris Hatzis, Ray Mooney. A deliberately discordant and jarring opening credit sequence suggests that we are back in Seven territory. And even though there is a vicious serial killer running around in the background of this nasty, ultra low budget crime thriller shot in Melbourne, writer/director Jon Hewitt has a completely different agenda in mind. Redball is a head Continue reading