Movies

The Nightingale

Profoundly confronting this controversial Australian film which is set during the sadistic colonisation of Tasmania in 1825, is unpleasant but mandatory viewing. The story centres on Clare a 21-year-old Irish convict who, along with the aid of a black tracker, embarks on a vengeful search through the wilderness for the evil lieutenant who murdered her […]

Dogman

Both the setting and plot of this film are grim and strangely fascinating. Loosely based on true events, Matteo Garrone’s much-acclaimed film tells the story of Marcello (Marcello Fonte), a diminutive, awkward, divorced father who runs a dog grooming salon. He lives and works in a ruined town that looks like it was hit by […]

Dragged Across Concrete

Director S Craig Zahler delivers a stakeout crime-thriller with a slow tempo but an incredibly compelling story in Dragged Across Concrete. Mel Gibson plays Brett, a cop pushing 60 in a fictional US town known as Bulwark. Brett’s career has stagnated due to his violent nature towards suspects whilst all those around him move up […]

Korean Film Festival

This is the festival’s 10th anniversary in Australia which also celebrates 100 years of Korean filmmaking with an excellent program of 22 films. “Korean cinema is steadily rising to be one of the global powerhouses in film. The productions are of high quality with nearly 600 films produced domestically last year,” explained David Park, the […]

A Dog’s Journey

A Dog’s Journey, directed by Gail Mancuso, is a picture book corn-fed, country style, feel-good movie with a difference. Yes, it’s the story of a dog, told by a dog who keeps coming back as a different dog but it is also the story of a fractured family unit with all the angst and complications […]

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

As the title of Quintin Tarantino’s ‘penultimate’ film suggests this is an endearing warped fairytale story of Tinseltown. Blending fact and fiction Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood is a loving homage to Los Angeles and the cinema/television industry of 1969, a period which quite obviously influenced Tarantino. The film centres on actor Rick Dalton […]

Blinded By The Light

Blinded By The Light, directed by Gurinder Chadha, is described as a, ‘feel hood film’ and, that is exactly how it should be described. From the very beginning, this film exudes a positive energy and pace which does not give in to the mundane ordinariness of it’s setting but rather, transcends it. The film is […]

DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN

Set in Vietnam in 1966, this ambitious Australian war film examines the events leading up to 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers triumphantly battling over 2000 North Vietnamese in a muddy rubber plantation called Long Tan. Based on true events, the soldiers were mainly conscripts aged around 20, most of whom had never experienced combat. […]

Late Night

The script probably could have used just one more pass to tidy up some loose threads, but overall, this is a very enjoyable, refreshingly female-led film. Written by Mindy Kaling who also plays the co-lead, Molly Patel, a wannabe comedy writer whose only comic experience is the side jokes she made during staff announcements at […]

Who You Think I Am

A cautionary tale lies crystal clear beneath this seductively intriguing French tale of catfish, as a 50-year-old woman tries to lure a much younger man into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona. Juliette Binoche brilliantly portrays Claire Millaud a divorced mother of two whose obsession with Alex Chelly (Francois Civil), a man […]