REVIEW: The Phantom Of The Open

It wouldn't be a surprise if audiences, while watching the British biographical comedy-drama The Phantom Of The Open, whisper in disbelief to the person sitting next to them in the cinema, ‘this can’t possibly be based on a true story!!’ Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance) was a dreamer and became a legend of the golf world […]

Scandinavian Film Festival 2022

The 8th Scandinavian Film Festival arrives in cinemas boasting a wonderfully curated program of 22 of the finest films from Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Contemporary new films and retrospective titles including dramas and comedies should allure lovers of world cinema. From Denmark comes the Australian premiere of Margrete – Queen Of The North, […]

REVIEW: Murder At Yellowstone City

Westerns have been few and far in between in recent years, so Murder At Yellowstone City is a film that enthusiasts of the genre should not miss. Murder At Yellowstone City is set in 1881, Montana after the civil war. A prospector, who lives in a small town which has been economically crippled by the […]

REVIEW: Haute Couture

Haute Couture, a film written and produced by Sylvie Ohyon, starring Nathalie Baye and Lyna Khoudri, about trust, faith and mutual respect. It’s also a gem of a film for women and about women. It is the men who blend into the background. The film gently explores the racial divide in France through the Haves […]

REVIEW: My Sweet Monster

My Sweet Monster is a Russian-made animation dubbed into English (American) which explains why the lip-syncing is so off. Alas, if only that was its only fault. This confused tale about a princess who flees into the forest to escape an unwanted marriage is highly derivative, convoluted, and not particularly well animated. There’s enough colour, […]

The King is back in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis

There are few people in history with a name more recognisable than Elvis Presley. Known as the king of rock & roll Elvis' revolutionised both music & the idea of modern celebrity during his lifetime. While his story is well known Baz Luhrmann's new film, simply titled Elvis, looks to give Elvis' story a new, […]

Sydney Film Festival Closing Film – Broker

This award-winning South Korean film, Broker, came direct from Cannes to close this year’s Sydney Film Festival where it garnered a rapturous reaction from audiences. The story delves on two men who run an illegal business of occasionally stealing newborn babies that are left in a church’s baby box and selling them on the adoption black […]

REVIEW: Lost Illusions

A passionate and ambitious young provincial poet (Benjamin Voisin) arrives in the bustling Paris of 1891. However, he is soon reluctantly abandoned by his wealthy patron/lover due to his embarrassing display of naivety in Bourbon Restoration society. Initially living on scraps, he eventually not only finds his feet, but thrives. Unfortunately though, in doing so […]

Fire Island – The Gay Rom-Com We All Need

By Linc Jenkin Having never seen, read, or consumed, in any way, Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, the basis for the hit new movie Fire Island, I was able to view the film with a virgin eye. While I’m sure Austen aficionados would say that nothing comes close to the original iterations on page or […]

Sydney Film Festival Award Winners Announced

At the closing ceremony of the 69th Sydney Film Festival tonight a range of award winners were announced. Taking out the top gong was Close by Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont, a stunningly beautiful examination of boyhood friendship, the prestigious Sydney Film Prize. The winner of the $60,000 cash prize for ‘audacious, cutting-edge and courageous' film was […]