MEAL TICKETS – interview with Mat de Koning

by GREG KING Meal Tickets is a documentary that follows the lives of high school band mates trying to find success in the music industry. Film maker Mat de Koning met Mitch, Ben, Lee and Charlie at a Perth high school. The four mates went on to form the punk band The Screwtop Detonators, while Mat filmed their journey. Beginning with their tour of the US, Mat followed the band through its highs and lows, as they try to find success in a music industry that was changing due to technology and social media. Mat spent nearly ten years on the film and shot some Continue reading

HOUNDS OF LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ben Young Stars: Stephen Curry, Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Susie Porter, Harrison Gilbertson, Damian De Montemas. Australian filmmakers have produced some tough, gritty uncompromising crime dramas in the past, with films like Romper Stomper, The Boys, Animal Kingdom, and Snowtown all exploring the darker side of the Australian male psyche. Although stylish and well made, they were all tough films to sit through. The new Australian drama Hounds Of Love is similarly an oppressive, uncomfortable and challenging film to sit Continue reading

REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with festival director Jack Sergeant

by GREG KING The Revelation Film Festival screens at cinemas in Perth from July 6 through until July 19. The twentieth edition of the festival features the largest program to date, with some 200 films, including documentaries, features, 15 world premieres, and short film packages, as well as workshops, masterclasses and discussion panels featuring some of the filmmakers and experts. The opening night film is Becoming Bond, a documentary about George Lazenby, the Australian actor who played the iconic spy in just one film – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which will Continue reading

THE RECKONING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John V Soto Stars: Jonathan Lapaglia, Viva Bianca, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Luke Hemsworth, Alex Williams, Amanda Dow. The crime thriller is one of the few genres that Australian film makers seem to do well, and we have a superior example of the genre with Felony currently screening. The low budget crime drama The Reckoning will unfortunately struggle to receive even half the accolades and recognition that Matthew Saville's drama has garnered. This low budget local crime drama will probably be cynically identified as that film that Continue reading