RUBEN GUTHRIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brendan Cowell Stars: Patrick Brammall, Abbey Lee, Alex Dimitriades, Robyn Nevin, Jack Thompson, Jeremy Sims, Harriet Dyer, Brenton Thwaites. Brendan Cowell is a likeable enough character and is a familiar face through his work on stage, on television with appearances in Love Your Way, and through his film work. He has written and starred in films like the WWI drama Beneath Hill 60 and the cricket comedy Save Your Legs, and starred in Matthew Saville's drama Noise, for which his performance won an Australian Film Critics Award. Cowell Continue reading

RUBEN GUTHRIE – interview with Brendan Cowell

by GREG KING Ruben Guthrie is the film adaptation of Brendan Cowell's successful 2009 play about an advertising executive who gives up drink for a year in order to win back his supermodel girlfriend. It stars Patrick Brammall, Abbey Lee, Alex Dimitriades, and marks Cowell's feature film directorial debut. The film premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. "It took five years for the film to get made," says writer/director Brendan Cowell when talking about his feature film directorial debut Ruben Guthrie, which hits local cinemas on July 16. Brendan Cowell is a familiar Continue reading

THE EYE OF THE STORM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fred Schepisi Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, John Gaden, Alexandra Schepisi, Helen Morse, Robyn Nevin, Maria Theodorakis. This visually rich and literate adaptation of Patrick White’s novel marks Fred Schepisi’s first Australian film since Evil Angels, over 20 years ago. Written in 1973, White’s novel was an exploration of class issues in Australian society in the early 70’s, but much of it still seems relevant today. Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling, in fine form) is the imperious, Continue reading

THE CASTLE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rob Sitch Stars: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Tiriel Mora, Charles Tingwell, Anthony Simcoe, Sophie Lee, Eric Bana, Wayne Hope, Bryan Dawe, Costas Kilias, Robyn Nevin, Lynda Gibson, John Flaus The Castle is not another quirky, amusing local comedy. Rather it is a genuinely funny and touchingly honest tale that is firmly rooted in the typical Australian spirit of mate ship and barracking for the underdog, themes that it shares with the criminally ignored Mr Reliable. The first big screen outing for the creators of tv's Continue reading