RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Nicholas Maximow

by GREG KING The Russian Resurrection Film Festival has established itself as an important event showcasing a rich and diverse program. This year the festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary and opens with the sports themed drama The Coach, from director and star Danila Kozlovsky. The festival is screening 16 contemporary films, as well as a retrospective of films celebrating the centenary of Lenfilm Studios in St Petersburg and a restored print of the 1958 Cannes winning drama The Cranes Are Flying. Greg speaks with the festival’s artistic director to learn more Continue reading

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Eddie Tamir

by GREG KING The Jewish International Film Festival is screening in Sydney and Melbourne. In Melbourne the festival screens at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, the Lido in Hawthorn and the Cameo in Belgrave. It runs until November 21, and will screen some 80 features and documentaries. The opening night film was the critically acclaimed bittersweet road movie The Interpreter. Closing the festival is The Unorthodox, a comedy inspired by the founding of Israel’s Shas party. Director Lisa D’Apolito will be in attendance during the festival ton introduce her Continue reading

BACKTRACK BOYS – interview with Catherine Scott

by GREG KING BackTrack Boys is an observational documentary that features the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and the youth program he runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, NSW. The film follows Zac, Tyrson and Rusty, three troubled boys, as they hit the road with Bernie’s legendary dog jumping team and travel to rural shows across NSW. The dog shows started out as a way to teach kids self-discipline, calm their emotions, build trust, and boost their communication skills, but now they have become the world record holders. In the last Continue reading

THE TRAVEL COUNSELLOR/THE TARGET – interview with Giovanna Mercuri

by GREG KING Melbourne-based social worker and filmmaker Giovanni Mercuri has turned her experiences advocating for clients’ mental health into a full length feature film and a popular tv series. Her aim is to shine a light on important issues such as bullying and domestic violence. The second series of her series The Travel Counsellor has screened on Channel 31, and the third series will air early in 2019. Giovanna ahs also completed her second feature film, The Target, which deals with bullying and stars singer Damien Leith in his first acting role. Greg chatted to Continue reading

IN LIKE FLYNN – interview with Russell Mulcahy

by GREG KING In Like Flynn depicts the early adventures of Australian actor Errol Flynn before he went to Hollywood. He was an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. The film is based on Flynn's early autobiography Beam Ends. It stars Thomas Cocquerel as the young Flynn. The film has been directed by Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, etc). It hits cinemas here in Australia on October 11. Greg chats with Russell about the film and about his music videos for stars like Elton John, Bonnie Tyler, Continue reading