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A Lion Returns

This low budget controversial new Australian film, written and directed by Serhat Caradee, deserves many accolades and should be classified as mandatory viewing. Jamal is a Muslim who returns to Australia to visit his terminally ill mother. He’s regarded as a terrorist in Australia, disowned by his father for bringing much shame and misery to […]

The Climb

A long and somewhat toxic friendship between two men is put under the microscope in this bizarre low budget indie comedy which leaves audiences asking, can precious friendships survive regardless of what moralistic borderlines have been crossed? Mike (Michael Angelo Covino) and Kyle (Kyle Marvin) can best be described as the quintessential ‘odd couple’ and […]

The Assistant

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the subsequent #MeToo movement comes a suffocating new film by writer/director Kitty Green. The Assistant stars Julia Garner (Ozark) as Jane, a young recent university graduate who has scored an entry-level job as an assistant to a high-powered New York film producer. During the course of […]

1917

Sam Mendes’ 1917 uses an especially impressive technical feat, in that it is filmed using one single shot for the entire length of the film. Set during the midst of World War I in northern France this film follows two young soldiers, Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay), as they are tasked with delivering […]

THE NAKED CITY – LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION – SYDNEY!

Think of some of the classic movie locations of all time and you might immediately recall the mean streets of New York City, the boulevards of Paris or the historic precincts of Rome. All have been the urban film sets of some of cinema’s greatest classics. Sydney, on the other hand, can’t quite match its […]

Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart is an incredibly accurate and heart-wrenching tale of life as a teenager with the chronic illness Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The film revolves around Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse), two teens who both suffer from CF and thus have their lives cross path during one of their many hospital admissions. […]

Greta

Greta is the new name in terror, a character so perversely evil and repugnant that audiences will think twice before befriending middle-aged women again. When 20-something Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz) meets Greta (Isabelle Huppert), a seemingly innocent and lonely woman, a bond develops until Frances makes a discovery which doesn’t just shatter their friendship but threatens […]

King Lear

It's impossible to describe Ian McKellen's performance in the National Theatre's production of King Lear without using an exhaustive list of superlatives. Given his status as an actor, you'd expect him to be amazing but he's beyond that. This movie is a live production that was filmed especially, and so it allows close ups, varied […]

HARMONY

Filmmakers who envisage a dream project, privately finance it and ultimately see their labour of love projected on the big screen must be commended, as to complete this journey has been described by many in the film industry as a miracle. Harmony is proudly all Australian made, with a local cast and ideas born out […]

ANTENNA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

By Mark Morellini Australia’s international documentary film festival returns for its eighth edition, presenting 38 stimulating feature-length films and 10 shorts from 23 countries. Australia is prominent with a selection of 16 films. Each year this festival grows in popularity, evident from the new partnership Antenna has established with Dendy Newtown, which means that documentary […]