ON BODY AND SOUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ildiko Enyedi Stars: Geza Morcsanyi, Alexandra Borbely, Zoltan Schneider, Reka Tenki, Zsuzsa Jaro. Love in the abattoir? This is a quirky drama about the unlikely romance that develops between two lonely employees in a Budapest abattoir. The film won the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, but it is an art house film that will be of little interest to a broader audience. Endre (played by Geza Morcsanyi) is the taciturn financial director of the abattoir. In his mid-fifties Continue reading

GURRUMUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Paul Williams. This is a reverential and respectful documentary about blind indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu, who died at the age of 46 in July 2017 from liver and kidney disease caused by hepatitis, which he contracted as a child. According to traditional aboriginal lore, after a person has died his name and image cannot be used. However, the tribal elders gave the filmmakers special dispensation here as they thought Gurrumul’s life and legacy was important. Gurrumul himself approved the documentary only Continue reading

LOVELESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev Stars: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov. A rather grim and bleak view of life in contemporary Russia, Loveless focuses on an unhappy family. Zhenya (Maryana Spivak in her feature film debut) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin, from Leviathan, etc) are a couple trapped in a loveless marriage and are in the throes of a bitter divorce. Their cramped apartment is full of tension and vicious arguments. Neither of them seems keen on taking custody of their lonely and introverted 12-year Continue reading

THE PARTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sally Potter Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz. Not to be confused with Blake Edwards’ hilarious slapstick Tatiesque comedy from 1968 that starred Peter Sellers as an accident prone Indian actor who ruins a swank Hollywood party, this black comedy and social satire comes from director Sally Potter. With films like Orlando and The Tango Lesson to her credit, Potter has long been a favourite on the art house and film festival circuit. But this may Continue reading

HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS?

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Eddie Martin. Another warts-and-all documentary about another deeply troubled, self-obsessed and self-destructive artist wrestling with his personal demons and the high cost of fame. This local film charts the rise and fall and the highs and lows of Anthony Lister, a celebrated contemporary Australian street artist who was Brisbane’s answer to the notorious Banksy. Lister pioneered the street art movement in Brisbane, and he was engaged to paint traffic control boxes to make them less ugly. His art work challenged Continue reading