LOVING VINCENT – interview with Andrew Grimmer

by GREG KING Loving Vincent is a Polish UK co-production that looks at the mystery surrounding the death of Vincent Van Gogh. It is based on a letter that Van Gogh wrote in the week before he died. This unique film was shot with actors, then painted over frame by frame by hand, with oil paints to replicate Van Gogh's style. Some 62000 oil paintings to make the world's first painted animated film. It was a massive task, with some 100 artists working on the film. Two directors worked on the film - the husband and wife team of Dorota Kobeila, an animator from Poland, Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – week 2 reviews

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. The Stanford Prison Experiment meets Battle Royale? Belko is a US non-profit organisation based in Bogota in Colombia, which works to facilitate American businesses wanting to operate in South America. One day though an unusually high level of security seems to be visible around the high rise office building. As the employees go about their business, a wall of steel shutters surrounds the building and a mysterious voice suddenly comes over the PA system Continue reading

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY – interview with Francis Lee

by GREG KING God's Own Country is a gay themed romance set on the bleak moors of Yorkshire - sort of like Wuthering Heights meets Brokeback Mountain if you will. But the film deals with some big issues as well, such as European immigration, class, sexuality. It is the debut feature from actor turned director Francis Lee. Greg caught up with Francis while he was in town to introduce screenings of the film at the Melbourne International Film Festival to find out more about the making of the film and some of the influences that shaped it. God's Own Country hits Continue reading

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – interview with Luca Guadagnino

by GREG KING Call Me By Your Name is a sensitive coming of age story set in a sun-drenched rural part of Italy in the 1980s. It is based on the novel by Andre Aciman, and tells the story of 17 year old Elio (Timothee Chalamet), the son of a respected archaeologist, who is attracted to Oliver (Armie Hammer), the American intern who spends the summer with his family. Greg spoke to director Luca Guadagnino about making the film, the appeal of the story to him, and working with the two stars. Guadagnino was in town for the film's premiere at Continue reading