SHERPA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Jennifer Peedom. Recently we saw Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, a dramatic and at times thrilling recreation of the tragedy that struck a group of climbers on Mount Everest in 1996. That film was enough to put you off climbing mountains for ever! Now Australian director Jennifer Peedom (Miracle On Everest, and she worked as high altitude director on Everest: Beyond The Limits, etc) gives us a powerful and provocative documentary that looks at a more recent tragedy that forever changed the region. Peedom has Continue reading

MR HOLMES

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Condon Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour, John Sessions, Nicholas Rowe. Ever since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first created the fictitious character of Sherlock Holmes in 1887, he has become one of the most enduring and popular character in detective fiction. Holmes has become a staple of the big screen, where he has been played by the likes of Basil Rathbone (who gave us arguably the definitive portrayal in 15 film appearances), Nicol Continue reading

RUBEN GUTHRIE – interview with Brendan Cowell

by GREG KING Ruben Guthrie is the film adaptation of Brendan Cowell's successful 2009 play about an advertising executive who gives up drink for a year in order to win back his supermodel girlfriend. It stars Patrick Brammall, Abbey Lee, Alex Dimitriades, and marks Cowell's feature film directorial debut. The film premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. "It took five years for the film to get made," says writer/director Brendan Cowell when talking about his feature film directorial debut Ruben Guthrie, which hits local cinemas on July 16. Brendan Cowell is a familiar Continue reading

LOVE & MERCY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Pohland Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Bill Camp, Kenny Wormald, Jake Abel, Brett Davern, Max Schneider, Joanna Going, Graham Rogers, Diana Maria Riva. This is an unconventional biopic of Brian Wilson, the songwriter and creative driving force behind 60s band The Beach Boys, whose songs of sun, surf and summer epitomised the California sound. Most biopics of musicians tend to explore their darker side as well as look at that fine line between genius and madness and Love & Mercy is no exception. Continue reading

GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Alex Gibney.   Church of the poison mind? Based on the revealing book written in 2013 by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Lawrence Wright, Going Clear is an eye opening documentary about the Church of Scientology. Wright's book is the starting point for this film from prolific Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie, Wikileaks: We Steal Secrets, etc). Gibney previously probed the darker side of religion in his 2012 documentary Silence In The House Of God, which looked at the Continue reading