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Lights, Camera, Action!

By Mark Morellini After a three-month national hiatus of all indoor activities as part of the COVID-19 lockdown, movie-goers should be delighted that cinemas will commence re-opening on July 2nd. But the anticipated return of Australia’s favourite indoor recreation leaves many people with one very important question – is it safe to return to cinemas […]

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

From Finland comes this controversial adult’s only drama which makes Fifty Shades Of Grey seem like child’s play. After the tragic loss of his wife, Juha stumbles upon a ‘dungeon’ where men can experience erotic practices involving bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, and sadomasochism. A strange and genuine bond develops between him and his dominatrix (dominating […]

Black Stars Of Old Hollywood

When Hattie McDaniel became the first black actress to win an Oscar for her supporting role in Gone With The Wind, she and her husband had to sit at a segregated table near the back of the Coconut Grove, where the ceremony was held. Her career had been based on playing sassy maids. Though criticised […]

Love Sarah

Not since Chocolate has there been such a delightful film set in a bakery which boasts a ‘deliciously alluring secondary cast’ of mouth-watering tortes and cakes. Love Sarah is a bakery established by a young lady and dedicated to her deceased mother Sarah, who in the process fulfilled her dream posthumously. “Mum would’ve wanted us to […]

Romantic Road

Romantic Road is a heartfelt documentary of a man, a woman, and their 1936 Rolls Royce. Showing that retirement doesn’t mean the adventure of life has to stop, Rupert and Jan Gray embark on a road trip through India to fulfil a lifelong dream. At its very core, this story is about the simple joys […]

Resistance

The little-known true story of Marcel Marceau’s activities during WWII, before he became a world-famous actor and mime artist, is meticulously detailed in this human story of courage and heroism. Marcel joined the French resistance group, with which fought the Nazis and was directly responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of Jewish children from […]

Monos

From Colombia comes this war drama which can best be described as a cross between Apocalypse Now and Lord Of The Flies. The camera follows a group of very young armed guerillas who are assigned to watch over a female hostage in the Columbian jungles. Long and graphic scenes of training sessions and strange rituals […]

67th Sydney Film Festival

By Mark Morellini Many film festivals around the world have unfortunately been cancelled owing to the COVID-19 lockdowns, but the 67th Sydney Film Festival returns as a virtual event screening a concise program of 33 films. There will be seven feature films, 13 documentaries, and 13 shorts collectively in four sections, which will all be […]

St Kilda Film Festival

The anticipated St Kilda Film Festival returns this year as a nine-day free online event owing to the coronavirus induced distancing laws which are currently in place. The best Australian shorts will be screened followed by Q+A sessions and webinars detailing the art of comedy. Shorts include the talent of many established performers including Brett […]

Burden

In a global political climate dominated by Black Lives Matter rallies Burden arrives at a poignant time in world history. A true story based on the 1990s story of a Ku Klux Klan member who has a change of heart thanks to the influence of his new girlfriend.  When Mike Burden (Garret Hedland) meets Judy […]