WEST OF SUNSHINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Raftopoulos Stars: Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Arthur Angel, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Faye Smythe, Kat Stewart, Kaarin Fairfax. This low budget, rough around the edges Melbourne-shot drama is an exploration of a troubled father/son dynamic shot through with a terrific sense of realism. The film follows the plight of Jim (Damian Hill), an inveterate and hapless gambler with a self-destructive streak who is trying to pay of a $15000 loan to a ruthless loan shark (Tony Nikolakopoulos). He has until five o’clock to pay off the debt Continue reading

WHAT IF IT WORKS?

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Romi Trower Stars: Luke Ford, Anna Samson, Wade Briggs, Brooke Satchwell, Kaarin Fairfax, Djon Alexander, John Flaus, Eliza D'Souza. Australian filmmakers have a rich history of exploring mental illness, from 1979's Tim, which starred a young Mel Gibson as a slightly retarded gardener who falls in love in with an older woman, through to Nadia Tass's Malcolm and even P J Hogan's Mental. And now we get this modest little romantic comedy about two people suffering from mental disorders who find love. But can romance work between two Continue reading

STALKHER

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: John Jarratt and Kaarin Faifax Stars: John Jarratt, Kaarin Fairfax, Alan Finney, Robert Coleby. Better homes and torture? John Jarratt, so memorable as the psychopathic serial killer Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek spends much of this film tied to a chair being verbally and physically assaulted, a twist that will certainly intrigue fans of his character. Here Jarratt plays Jack, a jaded pharmacist at the local hospital who seems to have a darker predatory nature. One night he breaks into the house of nurse Emily (Kaarin Fairfax), toting a Continue reading