PALM BEACH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rachel Ward Stars: Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Richard E Grant, Greta Scacchi, Jacqueline McKenzie, Heather Mitchell, Matilda Brown, Charlie Vickers, Aaron Jeffrey, Claire Van Der Boom. One of Bryan Bown’s early films was 1980’s Palm Beach, a low budget surfing movie set on the idyllic beaches of northern NSW. Nearly forty years on Brown returns to that eponymous location for this drama about a gathering that can be called The Big Chill – Australian Style. Secrets and lies, personal failings, regrets and simmering resentments from Continue reading

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cris Jones Stars: Xavier Samuel, Rachel Ward, Miranda Brown, Rose Riley, Terry Camilleri, Amber Clayton, Jacek Koman, Tyler Coppin, John Gaden The curious case of Otto Bloom? This rather quirky film, which opened the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016, seems like a local variation on David Fincher’s The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the story of a man living his life in reverse. But unlike F Scott Fitzgerald’s creation, who was born old and slowly grew younger, the enigmatic eponymous Otto believes that he is Continue reading