ASSASSIN’S CREED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Kenneth Williams, Denis Menochet, Ariane Labeb, Khalid Abdalla, Essie Davis, Mahas Varela, Callum Turner, Carlos Bardem, Javier Gutierrez, Hovik Keuchkerian. Cinema is littered with failed attempts to bring popular video games to the big screen, with expensive flops like Mortal Kombat, Streetfighter, Wing Commander, Super Mario Brothers, and even the more recent Warcraft failing to inspire the most ardent of fans. Continue reading

MACBETH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, Jack Reynor, Elizabeth Debecki, Sean Harris, David Haymer. There have been many film versions of Shakespeare's bloodiest and most cinematic play, from Orson Welles' idiosyncratic 1948 version through to Akira Kurosawa's Throne Of Blood in 1961, which reinvented the play as a samurai drama. More recently Australian director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, etc) gave us a more contemporary take on the play, setting the drama against the backdrop of a Continue reading

SNOWTOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Louise Harris. Australia has a tradition of making tough, visceral, gritty crime dramas, like the multi-award winning Animal Kingdom, Rowan Woods’ blistering drama The Boys, Chopper. Snowtown is the latest film in this tradition, but rather than a typical study of crime and punishment, this powerfully unsettling film is a study of corruption, evil, hatred and suburban decay. As the title suggests, Snowtown explores the notorious "bodies in the barrels" murders that occurred Continue reading

SNOWTOWN – interview with director Justin Kurzel

 by GREG KING “This was definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” remarks director Justin Kurzel about his experiences of working on his debut feature film Snowtown. “Every day was an adventure.” Snowtown is a new film that explores the notorious "bodies in the barrels" murders that occurred in a small South Australian town during the '90s and it is sure to be a controversial and challenging experience for audiences. It's a harrowing, disturbingly bleak psychological study of John Bunting (played with chilling authority by Continue reading