THE TRAVEL COUNSELLOR/THE TARGET – interview with Giovanna Mercuri

by GREG KING Melbourne-based social worker and filmmaker Giovanni Mercuri has turned her experiences advocating for clients’ mental health into a full length feature film and a popular tv series. Her aim is to shine a light on important issues such as bullying and domestic violence. The second series of her series The Travel Counsellor has screened on Channel 31, and the third series will air early in 2019. Giovanna ahs also completed her second feature film, The Target, which deals with bullying and stars singer Damien Leith in his first acting role. Greg chatted to Continue reading

DANCE ACADEMY THE MOVIE – interview with Joanna Werner

by GREG KING Dance Academy The Movie hits cinemas on April 6. This feature film is based on the popular ABC tv series that has screened in many countries around the world. In the film we catch up with some of the key characters and find out what they have been doing. Importantly most of the key cast have returned, as has director Jeffrey Walker, writer Samantha Strauss and co-creator and producer Joanna Werner (Secret City, etc). Greg spoke to Joanna about getting the cast and crew together for the film after so long, casting Miranda Otto, and shooting scenes in New Continue reading

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debecki, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Luca Calvani, Sylvester Groth, Christian Berkel. Created in the wake of the massive success of the Bond films, the popular television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which ran from 1964-1968, was just one of many such spy stories that grew out of the Cold War tensions of the era. It followed the exploits of agents Napoleon Solo (played by Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum) who tackled the nefarious plans Continue reading

THE EQUALIZER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Antoine Fuqua Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Johnny Skourtis, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Haley Bennett, David Meunier. The Equalizer, which ran from 1985-1989 , gave the late Edward Woodward a second hit tv series to follow the bleak, downbeat British spy series Callan. In the tv show Woodward played Robert McCall, a former intelligence agent who drew upon his unique skill set to help people who couldn't find justice through the usual channels. But fans of the original series may be appalled Continue reading

THE INBETWEENERS 2

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Iain Morris and Damon Beasley Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison, Tamla Kari, Freddie Stroma, Emily Berrington, David Field. Yet another raunchy comedy about male bonding and horny teens caught on the cusp of adulthood The Inbetweeners 2 follows in the gross out footsteps of films like Porkys and Superbad and their ilk. Given the success of the first film at the box office, The Inbetweeners 2 is the sequel we had to have. This sequel to 2011's The Inbetweeners follows the movie length spin off of the popular Continue reading