Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dome Karukoski Stars: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Seumas Sergent, Jakob Oftebro, Christian Sandstrom, Niklas Hogner, Werner Daen. Finland's official entry for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2018, this handsome looking production is a biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen, whose erotic drawings under the pseudonym of Tom of Finland had a huge influence on gay identity and became a symbol of gay pride in the sexually liberated 70s and 80s. Laaksonen's life was previously explored in Ilppo Pohjola's 1991 documentary Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Erik Poppe Stars: Jesper Christensen, Karl Markovics, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Arthur Hakalahti. In April 1940, the German war machine invaded Norway on the pretext of protecting it. Germany's actions had violated Norway's traditional stance of neutrality, and the parliament, led by the Nazi sympathiser Quisling, was in disarray. The long serving King Haakon VII (played by Jesper Christensen, who we saw in the Bond film Casino Royale, etc) was presented with an ultimatum by the German envoy Carl Brauer (Karl Markovics) - Continue reading


The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is screening at Palace Cinemas across Australia in July. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED JULY 16, 2017 THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE was the opening night attraction at the 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival, which is screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. It is the latest film from Finnish auteur Aki Karismaki, and is full of his usual droll humour and dead pan style and absurdist touches. Karismaki often pokes fun at the Finnish working class and their daily struggles in his films. The Other Side Of Hope is the Continue reading

MESTEREN (THE MAN) – interview with Charlotte Sieling

by GREG KING The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is currently screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. One of the films screening is The Man (aka Mesteren), which looks at a dysfunctional father/son relationship and jealousy within the contemporary Copenhagen arts scene. The director is Charlotte Sileing, who has directed episodes of tv series like The Killing, Borgen, and US series Homeland.  Charlotte was in Melbourne to introduce screenings of her film and participate in Q&A sessions. Greg caught up with Charlotte to chat about her film and her Continue reading