SNOW MONKEY – interview with Hellen Rose

by GREG KING Australian filmmaker George Gittoes has travelled to many dangerous places to make his documentaries about war and its aftermath. Snow Monkey was filmed in Jalalabad in Afghanistan where Gittoes and his Yellow House Collective worked with a number of street kids to make a movie about their lives. It has travelled well on the festival circuit, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane. Greg spoke to Gittoes' partner and music producer Hellen Rose about working with these young street wise kids and some of the Continue reading

EARLY WINTER – interview with Michael Rowe

by GREG KING Early Winter is an unflinching and bleak drama dealing with a marriage in strife. It stars Paul Doucet and Suzanne Clement. Greg spoke to writer/director Michael Rowe to learn more about the film which screened at MIFF in 2015 and is now having some event screenings and Q&As around the country in October.…/3uozbc1dm2gbe3o/210905_003.MP3 Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anna Muylaert Stars: Regina Case, Michel Joelsas, Karine Teles, Camila Mardila, Lourenco Mutarelli. Like 2014's Casa Grande and Sebastian Silva's The Maid, this slow paced but involving domestic comedy/drama from writer/director Anna Muylaert (Durval Discos, etc) looks at the class system in modern Brazil. It also looks at themes of family, class and status in contemporary Brazil. The other major theme running throughout the film is the sense of disconnect between a mother and her children. Val (Regina Case) is a hard working live Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven Stars: Gunes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Dogslu, Elit Iscan, Tugba Sunguroglu, Ilayda Akdogan, Nihal G Koldas, Ayberk Pekcan. This powerful, bittersweet coming of age drama from Turkey has been winning awards and wowing audiences at film festivals around the world, and was Turkey's official entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Five orphan girls (Nur, Selma, Ece, Sunay and Lale) live with their conservative grandmother (Nihal G Koldas) and their strict Uncle Erol (Ayberk Pekcan, from Winter Sleep, etc) in Continue reading

DOWNRIVER – interview with Grant Scicluna

by GREG KING Downriver is the feature film debut for writer/director Grant Scicluna, whose short film The Wilding has received numerous awards. Downriver premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016, and is about to hit local cinemas. Greg caught up with Grant to talk about the making of this dark and atmospheric drama.…/pbi3ii95ur4i2gg/200707_003.MP3 Continue reading