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Set some time in ‘the near future’ this science fiction film has been described as one of the most realistic films in its genre, with astounding sets and computer-generated imagery. The story surrounds astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) whose father Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones) was hailed a legend and the most decorated astronaut who ventured […]

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 […]


A few weeks ago a young woman in the UK was ejected from a screening of Sergio Leonie’s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly after supposedly laughing too loudly. It was later revealed that the evictee, who was celebrating her 25th birthday, was an Asperger’s sufferer, and that the classic spaghetti western was in fact […]

The Unflinching Gaze: Photomedia & The Male Figure

By Rita Bratovich Richard Perram is the Director of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) and curator of its latest exhibition, The Unflinching Gaze: Photomedia & The Male Figure - and he is openly gay. He makes a point of mentioning his sexuality because it’s an important element in understanding the context of the exhibition. "It's […]


Steve McQueen's powerful account of Solomon Northup, based on the book by Northup, follows his disgraceful forced induction into the Louisiana slave trade. 12 Years A Slave is both humanising and unabashedly confronting. McQueen’s stunningly framed shots make this depiction a reality, showing a time when people were forced into submission in order to survive. […]


Humanity is threatened as an infectious virus spreads across the globe transforming people into zombies. Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a U.N worker who, after an incredible escape sequence, manages to save his wife (Mireille Enos) and daughters. He then travels the world, racing against time, trying desperately to find a cure as the virus […]