MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – reviews

ALL REVIEWS BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 16, 2015 check back daily during the festival for updates   LISTEN TO ME MARLON. Film buffs will certainly appreciate this revealing and fascinating documentary in which we learn about the reclusive Hollywood star Marlon Brando, who died in 2004. In the 50s, the young Brando blazed a trail across the Broadway stages in plays like A Streetcar Named Desire, before embarking on a film career. He had charisma and a dynamic screen presence that earned him two Oscars. But he also squandered his talents in a number of Continue reading

THE GIVER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phillip Noyce Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Meryl Streep, Cameron Monaghan. A lot of young adult novels and their subsequent film adaptations now seem to be following a formula and a well established template. Sometime after an apocalyptic event (war, virus, whatever) has laid waste to life as we know it, seemingly utopian and efficiently functioning societies have sprung up that try to bring order out of chaos and rebuild communities that survive and prosper. These Continue reading

RABBIT PROOF FENCE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phillip Noyce Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, Everlyn Sampri, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Garry MacDonald. After several big budget Hollywood thrillers (Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, etc), Phillip Noyce returns home for this rather small scale but very topical film exploring one of the more controversial chapters of Australia’s recent history – the issue of the stolen children. Set in 1931, the film, based on a true story, follows the adventures of three young girls as they travel 1200 miles Continue reading