DANCE ACADEMY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeffrey Walker Stars: Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Jordan Rodrigues, Thomas Lacey, Keiynan Lonsdale, Dena Kaplan, Nic Westaway, Tara Morice, Miranda Otto, Julia Blake, Matt Day, Mitchell Butel, Lewis Fitzgerald. Unlike some recent feature film adaptations of television series, this big screen version of Dance Academy mainly gets the formula right. The popular ABC series Dance Academy ran for three years, and it followed the triumphs and disappointments of a group of kids as they underwent dance training at the prestigious Continue reading

DANCE ACADEMY THE MOVIE – interview with Joanna Werner

by GREG KING Dance Academy The Movie hits cinemas on April 6. This feature film is based on the popular ABC tv series that has screened in many countries around the world. In the film we catch up with some of the key characters and find out what they have been doing. Importantly most of the key cast have returned, as has director Jeffrey Walker, writer Samantha Strauss and co-creator and producer Joanna Werner (Secret City, etc). Greg spoke to Joanna about getting the cast and crew together for the film after so long, casting Miranda Otto, and shooting scenes in New Continue reading

THE DAUGHTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Stone Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Miranda Otto, Paul Schneider, Sam Neill, Odessa Young, Anna Torv, Nicholas Hope. Noted theatre director Simon Stone makes his feature film directorial debut with this dark and moody drama about dysfunctional family relationships, and how secrets from the past can have a devastating impact on the present. The Daughter is a reworking of Ibsen's 1884 play The Wild Duck, which Stone directed to much acclaim for the Sydney's Belvoir Theatre a couple of years ago. The film is a morality play set Continue reading

THE HOMESMAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tommy Lee Jones Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, John Lithgow, David Dencik, Jesse Plemons, William Fichtner, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Meryl Streep, Jo Harvey Allen, Barry Corbin, Hailee Steinfeld. A solemn tale of redemption and second chances The Homesman is not your typical western. With its slow, languid pace, emotional depth and lack of action, this revisionist western subverts the genre tropes of your average John Wayne or Clint Eastwood shoot 'em' up into something a bit more Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #88

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave,  Nick and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Words And Pictures’, ‘Venus In Fur,’ ‘Sex Tape,’ ‘The French Minister,’ ‘Reaching For The Moon,’ and ‘Charlie’s Country’. This episode also contains interviews with Cameron Diaz, Jason Segal and Miranda Otto. Also listen for your chance to win a copy of Nymphomaniac Vol 1 + 2 on DVD thanks to Icon Distribution. To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here   Continue reading