Movies

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 […]

AKONI – Local Film Premiere To Celebrate World Refugee Week

Over 100 million people are currently displaced worldwide due to conflict. The small award-winning Aussie independent film, Akoni, tells the story of one of these people - a homeless Nigerian refugee who struggles to find a path to happiness in Australia. After a tragedy occurs in his war-ridden country Akoni is left destitute and homeless […]

Does ‘Lightyear’ go to infinity & beyond?

When Pixar's latest entry into the Toy Story film franchise was first announced the world immediately began to ponder how exactly Lightyear would fit within this universe. That question is immediately answered in Lightyear when we are given a written intro slate which says, "In 1995 Andy got a toy. The toy was from his […]

Filming underway in Sydney for upcoming film, Christmess

Production has begun on a new Australian film by Heath Davis (Broke, Book Week & Locusts). Filming in Campbelltown & Greater Western Sydney this film is set to give the traditional Christmas movie a uniquely Australian flair. Entitled Christmess this will be Heath's fourth film & will see him one again working with long-time friend Steve Le Marquand, […]