Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith Stars Tanea Heke, Rachel House, Briar Grace-Smith, Mihi Te Rauhi Daniels, Tioreore Melbourne, Hariata Moriarty, Kayahna Patrick Wiliam, Te Raukura Gray. This New Zealand drama deals with themes of family, culture, tradition, history, connection to land, identity, memory, and the impact of colonialism on the indigenous population, all of which should also resonate strongly with Australian audiences. The film is based on the 1992 novel written by Patricia Grace, which spanned several Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Slavko Martinov. Last year we saw Chicken People, a US documentary set against the background of competitive chicken raising, and we met three people obsessed with raising their chickens and competing in best of show competitions. This quirky and off beat New Zealand documentary explores some similar territory in warm and witty fashion. Pecking Order centres around the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club, a club which has a long and proud history. But in the lead up to the 2015 National Championships and Continue reading

PORK PIE – interview with Matt Murphy

by GREG KING Pork Pie is a fast paced road movie about three misfits who travel from one end of New Zealand to the other in a stolen mini Cooper. The film is a remake of New Zealand filmmaker Geoff Murphy’s seminal road movie which helped kick start the New Zealand film industry. Ironically this remake is directed by Murphy’s own son Matt, a director of slick commercials making his feature film debut. Greg spoke to Matt about the five-year process of developing the script, the casting, and the challenges of shooting the car chase Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Te Arepa Kahi. Recorded by the Patea Maori Choir in 1984, Poi E was an infectious song that became a cultural phenomenon and a cultural touchstone for the Maori people. It was the first song in the traditional Maori language to top the charts in New Zealand. It topped the charts for four consecutive weeks and even outsold Michael Jackson's Thriller album. It has remained in the charts for nearly thirty years. This lovingly made documentary is a celebration of the song and its impact over thirty years. Director Te Arepa Continue reading


by GREG KING The Melbourne International Film Festival screens from July 28 through until August 14. There are some 300 features and documentaries screening, both local and international productions. The opening night film is The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom, starring Xavier Samuel, and the closing night film is David Mackenzie's contemporary western Hell Or High Water, starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Throughout the festival we will keep you up to date with reviews and interviews. ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 6, 2016 KILLING Continue reading