THE BREAKER UPPERERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Madeleine Sami and Jackie Van Beek Stars: Madeleine Sami, Jackie Van Beek, James Rolleston, Cecilia Pacquola, Ana Scotney. As Neil Sedaka once sang: “Breaking up is hard to do”, and that is borne out in this quirky, edgy occasionally abrasive and original romcom from New Zealand. People have a pathological fear of breaking off their relationships, so it’s nice to have someone to turn to for help who has no emotional stake in the relationship. And that’s where the titular breaker Upperers come in useful. Chosen to open the 2018 Continue reading

BELLE & SEBASTIAN 3: FRIENDS FOR LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clovis Cornillac Stars: Felix Bossuet, Tcheky Karyo, Clovis Cornillac, Thierry Neuvic, Margaux Chatelier, Andre Penvern, Anne Benoit. Subtitled Friends For Life, this heart-warming film is the third film in the popular series about the adventures of a boy and his dog in the beautiful Pyrenees in the 1940s, and brings the series to a fitting close. Belle & Sebastian was based on the popular book written by actress Cecile Aubry in the 1969s. The first film in this series was released in 2013 and took place in 1943 when the Continue reading

THE SECOND – interview with Rachael Blake and Vince Colosimo

by GREG KING   The Second is an erotic psychological thriller written by Stephen Lance (My Mistress, etc), and stars Rachael Blake, Vince Colosimo and Susie Porter. Celebrated author (Blake) is suffering from a case of writer’s block while trying to follow up her successful debut novel. But her persona is threatened when her best friend and muse (Porter) reveals the dark secret behind her first novel's provenance, igniting an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal. The Second marks the feature debut for director Mairi Cameron. It is currently screening in Continue reading

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with festival director Nashen Moodley

by GREG KING The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 6 to June 17. Once again festival director Nashen Moodley has put together an impressive program that features over 250 films from across the globe. There will also be retrospective screenings, talks, parties and Q&As featuring international and local filmmakers. The opening night film is the New Zealand comedy The Breaker Upperers. Greg chatted to festival director Nashen Moodley to find out some of the highlights from this year’ offerings. http://www.mediafire.com/file/1cbed4d6v2xanvc/230511_001.MP3/file Continue reading