Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn. Local filmmaker Richard Lowenstein has long had a fascination with Melbourne’s punk rock scene, through films like Dogs In Space, his collaborations with INXS, and the documentary We’re All Living On Dog Food, etc. Together with long time collaborator Lynn-Maree Milburn Lowenstein gives us this warts and all documentary about the late guitarist Rowland S Howard, who died in 2009, aged 50. Although not a household name, Howard was a cult figure at the forefront of the Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Rosie Jones. This fascinating documentary looks at the controversial plans to redevelop a car park on the St Kilda foreshore, and the community outcry against the development. In May 2007 the Port Phillip Council unveiled plans for a massive commercial development including 180 shops, a hotel, a supermarket, 8 cinemas, 5 nightclubs and bars, some with 24-hour licenses. The developers also planned to inject some $60million to restore the Palais to its former glory. The proposed $465 million mall would be built on a Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mike Mills Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Goran Visjnic, Melanie Laurent, Mary Page Keller. Mike Mills’ follow-up to Thumbsucker is this story about loss, dysfunctional relationships, resilience, new beginnings, insecurity, and finding yourself. Beginners is a bittersweet and comic semi-autobiographical tale. This is a very personal film for Mills as it draws upon events from his own life and his troubled relationship with his own father, who came out as gay at the age of 75. The overall mood of the film is one of Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Rymer Stars: matthew Newton, Luke Ford, Vince Colosimo, Sigrid Thornton, Laura Gordon, Chris Connelly. Face To Face marks the first local production from AFI award winning Australian director Michael Rymer (Angel Baby, etc) following a decade spent working on American television, with series like the revamped Battlestar Galactica, Fast Forward, etc. It also marks his first feature since the bitter and disappointing experience of working on the big budget Queen Of The Damned, which was ultimately compromised. But he Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Stevan Riley. Like all great documentaries, Fire In Babylon has a broad appeal that goes beyond an interest in the subject matter. While Fire In Babylon is about the game of cricket it actually also delves into the politics of the sport and places it into the broader context of the social change that was occurring. In the late 60’s, the West Indies cricket team was regarded as something of a joke, and their pathetic on field performances were greeted with the derogatory term "Calypso Cricket." They also had to deal Continue reading