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Set in Alcarras, Catalonia this Spanish-Italian drama surrounds a family whose livelihood of operating a peach orchard is soon to end as they have no papers to prove they own the land. As one of the characters explained, “people didn’t sign contracts in the old days, it was all verbal.” The intention is to replace […]

Review: Benediction

By Renee Lou Dallow “God was in his heaven, and there were sausages for breakfast.” Terence Davies's new film, Benediction, is about the life and poetry of Siegfried Sassoon, a World War 1 poet. In the film, he is asked by a military tribunal if he is pro-German, to which Siegfried replies, "I’m pro-human.” Sassoon […]

Review: Mothering Sunday

Set on Mother’s Day in the wake of WWI the story centres on Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) a young and orphaned maid who has a secret affair with a wealthy lover named Paul Sheringham (Josh O’Connor). It’s strictly a sexual relationship as he explains that he must marry a woman of his own social standing. […]

Review: French-Belgium Crime Drama, MAIGRET

One of the most popular movies screened recently at the French Film Festival, this French-Belgium crime drama follows fictional French police detective Jules Maigret as he investigates a ghastly murder. Set in Paris in the 1950’s, a beautiful young woman is thrown out of a lavish party only later to be found deceased from stab […]

Finland’s bizarre film ‘Hatching’ is a mixed bag

From Finland comes this bizarre film, best described as something of an oddity and a mixed bag, which will leave audiences asking, is this a horror flick or a thriller? Tinja is a 12-year-old girl, who tries her hardest in competitive gymnastics to please her mother. When Tinja kills an injured bird, she takes its […]

REVIEW: AFL LGBTQI Love Story ‘Become The One’

Reviewed by Shon Ho. While AFL and romance may be an unlikely combination, Become The One, directed by Lyall Brooks, brings the two together to highlight queer love on stage at Riverside. Tom (Chris Asimos) is a closeted AFL player and a favourite to win the Brownlow. He hides behind masculine bravado and the expectations […]

REVIEW: Indigenous theatre production ‘City Of Gold’ by Sydney Theatre Company

Presented by the Black Swan Theatre Company of Western Australia and Sydney Theatre Company as part of the 2022 Perth Festival, City Of Gold is written by Meyne Wyatt, a Wongutha-Yamatji man. It is an intensely told story of a young Indigenous man called Breythe Black, played by Meyne Wyatt, who is trying to navigate the […]

Rural Australia swept up in ‘Little Tornadoes’

By Renee Lou Dallow Set in Rural Australia in a town named Tocumwal this film is a gentle homage to family life on the land.  Life in the country can be slow. Interminably slow and this film emphasises the fact.  The film begins with Leo, a young factory worker with two kids, driving home from […]

Operation Mincemeat

A fascinating WWII historical drama which details an elaborate deception named Operation Mincemeat, devised in 1943 and approved by Winston Churchill. The plan would hopefully fool Hitler into believing that British allied forces were going to strike Southern Europe through Greece instead of Sicily. The deception involved dropping a corpse with misleading papers off the […]

Petite Maman – A Gentle Exploration Of The Mother-Daughter Bond

REVIEWED BY RENEE LOU DALLOW Petite Maman, directed by Celine Sciamma, is a beautiful, slow moving, film which observes rather than comments on character. The story follows a young girl, Nelly, who, following the death of her grandmother and the temporary loss of her mother, needs to find some answers. Wandering through the woods, Nelly, […]