FIRST POSITION

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Bess Kargman. Tutus, tears and triumphs? First Position is a very enjoyable and inspiring documentary about the annual Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most elite and prestigious dance competitions in the world. Thousands of hopefuls, aged between eight and 18, try out for prizes including contracts with leading ballet companies and scholarships to some of the top ballet schools in the world. It is a very competitive environment, as the judges are looking for the right combination of body, training, personality, passion, Continue reading

THE INTOUCHABLES

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Stars: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Cyril Mondy. This charming and very enjoyable feelgood comedy from France is another odd couple buddy comedy/drama that deals with the unlikely friendship that develops between a quadriplegic and his carer. The film is based on a true story, and it deals with familiar themes of friendship, family, race, and it even explores the social divide in contemporary France. The film opens with a car chase with police pursuing a Ferrari through the same tunnels in Paris where Continue reading

BEAUTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Hermanus Stars: Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, Beauty is a powerful, challenging and confronting drama about passion, repression and infatuation. Winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes, Beauty is a disturbing and provocative examination of one man's damaging self-hatred, and it draws parallels with the complex political situation in South Africa itself, a country still coming to terms with turbulent changes in its social structure. Francois van Heerden (Deon Lotz) is a respectable, middle-aged 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