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

BLAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Henry Stars: Damian de Montemas, Sophie Lowe, Simon Stone, Mark Leonard Winter, Kestie Morassi, Ashley Zuckerman. Blame is another strong local production that should appeal to audiences who love tense dramas. This taut new Australian film is a variation of the home invasion thriller, in the vein of Funny Games, Death And The Maiden and The Strangers, etc, but it lacks the rather nasty, relentlessly sadistic edge of Michael Haneke’s film. It begins strongly when a group of strangers, dressed in black and wearing Continue reading