MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

THE MULE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Angus Sampson & Tony Mahony Stars: Angus Sampson, Hugo Weaving, Ewen Leslie, Leigh Whannell, Noni Hazlehurst, Geoff Morrell, John Noble, Georgina Haig, Chris Pang. The crime genre is one that Australian filmmakers seem to excel at, and The Mule is another superior example of this retro crime drama. It follows on from such great films as Felony and Animal Kingdom, etc, and stamps itself as one of the top local productions of the year. The Mule has been loosely inspired by the true tale of a New Zealand man who tried to Continue reading

GALORE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rhys Graham Stars: Ashleigh Cummings, Toby Wallace, Lily Sulliva, Aliki Matangi, Maya Stange, . There have been lots of coming-of-age dramas about the messy, dysfunctional and self-destructive lives of teenagers and the carefree joys of being 17, making choices without regard to the consequences, and feeling uncertain of their futures while on the cusp of adulthood. Galore is a new Australian made film that explores universal themes of adolescent angst, the ennui of empty lives, and the joys and confusion of sex. Recently we saw Palo Continue reading