THE COMING BACK OUT BALL MOVIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Sue Thomson. Closing the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival was the poignant, bittersweet observational documentary The Coming Back Out Ball Movie. In October 2017 the Coming Back Out Ball was held in Melbourne Town Hall to celebrate the elders within the LGBTI community who had paved the way for today’s generation of out and proud queer youth. Many of these elders led the ground-breaking movement to advocate for human rights, acceptance and tolerance back in the “dark ages” of the 60s and 70s. But many who Continue reading

CAROL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Todd Haynes Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Sarah Paulson, John Magaro, Kevin Crowley, Sadie Heim. Director Todd Haynes returns to the morally conservative America of the 1950s for this nicely observed, sensitive, insightful and introspective coming of age story and intimate exploration of a female relationship, gender, loneliness, and queer sexuality in conservative America. But this moody story of forbidden love is largely a character driven piece, and has a different texture and feel than Haynes' earlier Continue reading

BEAUTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Hermanus Stars: Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, Beauty is a powerful, challenging and confronting drama about passion, repression and infatuation. Winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes, Beauty is a disturbing and provocative examination of one man's damaging self-hatred, and it draws parallels with the complex political situation in South Africa itself, a country still coming to terms with turbulent changes in its social structure. Francois van Heerden (Deon Lotz) is a respectable, middle-aged Continue reading

KABOOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gregg Araki Stars: Thomas Dekker, Chris Zylka, Hayley Bennett, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple, Kelly Lynch, James Duval. Gregg Araki was at the forefront of the emergence of a new gay cinema in the ‘90s, with films like the nihilistic, subversive The Doom Generation, etc, and their strong homoerotic overtones. He hit a creative peak with the insightful and mature Mysterious Skin, a film about the longterm effects of child sex abuse, which gave him a taste of mainstream crossover success. Blending murder mystery, sci-fi, the Continue reading