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The Selfish Giant

Childhood naïveté and the stark reality of poverty come head to head in Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant. After they are expelled from school, young Bradford teens Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas) meet scrap dealer Kitten (Sean Gilder). With the opportunity to make money in a community with no prospects, the boys begin […]

Galore

Summer in Australia evokes a unique kind of beauty and tension. Something that Rhys Graham’s debut feature Galore sets out to depict but unfortunately falls short. Billie (Ashleigh Cummings) has a secret, she is in love and sleeping with her best friend Laura's (Lily Sullivan) boyfriend. The arrival of Isaac (Aliki Matangi), a troubled teen, […]

Grace of Monaco

French Director Olivier Dahan has taken artistic licence to heart with Grace of Monaco, played by a plastic Nicole Kidman. The film is set six years after Grace Kelly’s marriage to Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth). While Monaco struggles with political tension with France, unsurprisingly Kelly finds herself caught between her royal duties and the […]

Under the Skin

A woman of unclear origins (Scarlett Johansson) scours Scotland roads searching for men to lure into her lair. Naively, she navigates a foreign world with a mixture of curiosity and fearfulness; and it is with this fresh gaze that audiences should view the film. Director Jonathan Glazer and writer Walter Campbell, strip back complexities to […]

The Broken Circle Breakdown

This masterpiece directed by Felix Van Groeningen tackles two events that are amongst the most over-used and clichéd in cinema. Yet it does not stray into the sentimental, but rather creates palpable emotion. Adapted from a play co-written by leading actor Johan Heldenbergh, it is the story of eccentric couple Didier and Elise (Veerle Baetens), […]

Child’s Pose

Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu) is an overbearing and overprotective mother. When her son, Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache), is involved in a car accident which kills a child, she uses her wealth and affluence to stop the manslaughter charges. From an Australian perspective, it is incredibly worthwhile viewing because of its examination of contemporary Romanian society and for the […]

Nymphomaniac Part I and II

This four-hour epic chronicles the life of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stacy Martin) from her childhood to her self-proclaimed realisation as a nymphomaniac; a status that causes her both joy and hurt. Told in eight chapters, the episodic nature allows for breaths in what is a very intense and traumatic cinematic experience. Simultaneously disgusting and […]

FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014

A crowd of some 35,000 festivalgoers converged on Sydney's Randwick Racecourse on Saturday, for a day of raging sun, dancing and electronica. Crowds were set to party as a colourful montage of costumes paraded the grounds, everything from dinosaurs to bananas were spotted, with native-American headdress proving to be the most popular. Pharrell Williams swaggered […]

REVIEW – TIDY TOWN OF THE YEAR

In the lead up to Tidy Town of the Year being judged, the remote town of Gandiddiyup seems to be ready for a big win. None more so then the staff of the local motel. However, when they discover a headless, limbless body, blood proves to be just the beginning of their clean-up. Tidy Town of […]

REVIEW – NOISES OFF

The audience is in complete hysterics by the end of Sydney Theatre Company’s Noises Off. As they leave the theatre, each member seems to beam and smile. It is a fantastic start to STC’s 2014 program. Michael Frayn’s hilarious farce-about-farce comes alive with perfect casting and performances. An incompetent band of flawed actors, struggle to […]