LAST CAB TO DARWIN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jeremy Sims Stars: Michael Caton, Mark Coles Smith, Emma Hamilton, Jacki Weaver, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, David Field, John Howard. Based on a true story, Last Cab To Darwin is a rich and beautifully written character study that tells the story of Rex Macrae (Michael Caton), a taxi driver from Broken Hill diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, who drives all the way to Darwin to try and take advantage of the new euthanasia laws being enacted in the Northern Territory. Actor turned director Jeremy Sims (Beneath Hill 60, etc) and his regular Continue reading

FREEDOM STORIES

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Steve Thomas. Documentary filmmaker Steve Thomas has been interested in exploring the plight of refugees who have spent time in mandatory detention after arriving on Australia's shores by boat from war torn countries like Afghanistan or Iraq. His previous films include Hope, which followed Iraqi refugee Amal Basry, a survivor of the SIEV X disaster in which some 350 refugees drowned, and 2001's Welcome To Woomera, a look at the notorious detention centre in a remote and harsh location. It was there that he met a number of Continue reading

WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Gillian Armstrong. Orry-Kelly was born in the NSW town of Kiama in 1897, and made his reputation as a costume designer in Hollywood during its Golden Age. He designed costumes for some 300 films, including enduring classics like Casablanca, Some Like It Hot, etc. He won three Oscars along the way. And in the 20s he roomed with a young actor named Archibald Leach in Greenwich Village. But despite all of this Orry-Kelly is not that well known. This fascinating, informative and entertaining documentary from Gillian Armstrong Continue reading