TOMMY’S HONOUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Connery Stars: Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Olivia Lovibond, Sam Neill, Therese Bradley, Peter Ferdinando, Max Deacon. Unlike boxing, NFL football, horse racing, car racing, or even surfing, golf is not the most cinematic of sports and holds little appeal for adrenaline junkies. However, we have had a few films set against the backdrop of the sport, including the Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore, Tin Cup starring Kevin Costner, and Robert Redford's The Legend Of Bagger Vance, which starred Will Smith and Matt Damon. And now we Continue reading

BACKTRACK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Petroni Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, George Shevtsov, Malcolm Kennard, Bruce Spence, Jennia Baird, Chloe Bayliss. Backtrack is an atmospheric Aussie psychological thriller with supernatural undertones that borrows elements from the superior The Sixth Sense and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, amongst others. The film explores themes of grief, redemption, loss, forgiveness, and confronting the ghosts of the past. Troubled psychologist Peter Bower (played by Oscar winner Adrien Brody, from The Pianist, etc) Continue reading

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE – interview with Taika Waititi

by GREG KING Hunt For The Wilderpeople is the new film from New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, director of quirky comedies like What We Do In The Shadows, etc. It stars Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison as a troubled kid who finds himself on the run and the subject of a national manhunt. Greg spoke to Taika about the making of the film, which is one of the highest grossing films in New Zealand. http://www.mediafire.com/download/vqz6ne53t2a116q/210507_001.MP3 Continue reading

THE DAUGHTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Stone Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Miranda Otto, Paul Schneider, Sam Neill, Odessa Young, Anna Torv, Nicholas Hope. Noted theatre director Simon Stone makes his feature film directorial debut with this dark and moody drama about dysfunctional family relationships, and how secrets from the past can have a devastating impact on the present. The Daughter is a reworking of Ibsen's 1884 play The Wild Duck, which Stone directed to much acclaim for the Sydney's Belvoir Theatre a couple of years ago. The film is a morality play set Continue reading

THE HUNTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Nettheim Stars: Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neill, Morgana Davies. The Hunter is a character driven drama set against the majestic backdrop of Tasmania’s wilderness forests. Martin David (Willem Dafoe) is a mysterious mercenary who is sent to Tasmania by Redleaf, a biotech company, to capture a Tasmanian tiger. Although long thought to have been extinct there have been recent sightings, and David is supposed to capture one and bring DNA samples back home to be cloned. David’s mission is complicated when he meets Continue reading