BERLIN SYNDROME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cate Shortland Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt. Filmmaker Cate Shortland burst onto the scene in emphatic fashion in 2004 when her debut feature Somersault cleaned up at the AFI Awards in what was obviously a very lean year of the local film industry. Her latest film, her third feature, is Berlin Syndrome, a slow burning claustrophobic psychological thriller and twisted fairy tale that is largely a two-hander. Berlin Syndrome marks Shortland’s first foray into genre filmmaking and is, arguably, her most accessible film to Continue reading

JASPER JONES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rachel Perkins Stars: Toni Collette, Dan Wyllie, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Aaron McGrath, Kevin Long, Myles Pollard, Matt Nable. Based on the much loved 2009 novel written by Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones is a dark coming of age tale that has often been called an Australian cross between Stand By Me and To Kill A Mockingbird. The film is set in the hot summer of 1969 in the fictional small West Australian mining town of Corrigan. 1969 was a time of great social change in Australia – the Vietnam war was raging and Continue reading

SNOWTOWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Louise Harris. Australia has a tradition of making tough, visceral, gritty crime dramas, like the multi-award winning Animal Kingdom, Rowan Woods’ blistering drama The Boys, Chopper. Snowtown is the latest film in this tradition, but rather than a typical study of crime and punishment, this powerfully unsettling film is a study of corruption, evil, hatred and suburban decay. As the title suggests, Snowtown explores the notorious "bodies in the barrels" murders that occurred Continue reading