BROTHERS’ NEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clayton Jacobson Stars: Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson, Kim Gyngell, Lynette Curran, Sarah Snook. This pitch-black comedy thriller from director Clayton Jacobson reunites him with his brother Shane for the second time since their runaway hit mockumentary Kenny way back in 2006. Since then Jacobson has also directed Shane in the comedy short film Mordy Koots. Brother’s Nest is an absurdist tragedy that pits two brothers against each other in a bizarre and twisted murder plot that goes awry. Its amoral tone is very different to Continue reading

WINCHESTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael and Peter Spierig Stars: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O'Prey, Angus Sampson, Eamon Farren, Bruce Spence. San Francisco 1906. Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), the eccentric widowed heiress to the repeating rifle company fortune, has been building a monstrous house. Built over a period of 38 years it is seven storeys tall with over one hundred rooms. It was continually extended with construction crews working around the clock. Sarah maintains that she is building Continue reading

STEVE JOBS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Danny Boyle Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, John Ortiz, Sarah Snook, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss, Adam Shapiro. We have already had a couple of films about the late Steve Jobs, the iconic and revered founder of technology giant Apple who revolutionised the world of computers. We have had Alex Gibney's revealing documentary Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine, which screened at MIFF in 2015, and the recent biopic Jobs, starring a miscast Ashton Continue reading

THE DRESSMAKER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse Stars: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Shane Jacobson, Shane Bourne, Kerry Fox, Caroline Goodall, Rebecca Gibney, Barry Otto, Gyton Grantley, James MacKay, Genevieve Picot, Julia Blake, Terry Norris, Sacha Horler, Alison Whyte, Mark Leonard Winter. "I'm back, you bastards." With those words, Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage (Kate Winslet) steps off a bus and returns to her home town of Dungatar, a small town situated in the middle of nowhere. Twenty five years ago she was driven out of town Continue reading

ODDBALL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stuart McDonald Stars: Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Coco Jack Gillies, Deborah Mailman, Frank Woodley, Terry Camilleri, Richard Davies, Dave Lawson, Tegan Higginbotham. As local films like Storm Boy, Babe, Happy Feet and Red Dog have shown, the formula for making a successful family friendly film seems pretty simple. All you need is a cute, mischievous animal - preferably a dog - after all, dogs have been the main character in some great films over the years, from the classic tearjerkers Greyfriar's Bobby and Lassie Come Home Continue reading