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Tuesday
Jul182017

FEATURES / GLOBAL DOC SECTOR FETED AT M.D.F.F. AWARDS NIGHTS

2017 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL: Documentaries from The U.S.A., Russia, Norway, New Zealand, The U.K. and, of course, Australia, featured amongst the winners in a true celebration of international factual filmmaking in Melbourne last night (Click here

Saturday
Jul082017

REVIEWS / FIVE FAVOURITES FROM MELBOURNE'S FESTIVAL OF FACTUAL FILM

2017 MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL: From the seven-day program of extraordinary documentaries sourced from all corners of the planet, we profile five that are sure to stir the hearts and minds of Melbourne's discerning film festival crowd (Click here)

Thursday
Jul062017

FEATURES / LUNAR ORBIT: THE PATRICK BUCHANAN INTERVIEW

2017 MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL: For his debut feature Lunar Orbit, Patrick Buchanan captured the life, inspirations and creative impulses that have shaped the 30-year house music pioneers, The Orb, as they prepare their latest studio album (Click here)

Wednesday
Jun282017

FEATURES / DOC FEST DIRECTORS PONDER WHAT "DOCUMENTARY IS..."  

2017 MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL: Eight of the filmmakers bringing their latest to the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (including Play Your Gender's Stephanie Clattenburg) bring unique perspectives to the sentence-starter, "Documentary is..." (Click here)

Tuesday
Jun272017

REVIEWS / FAGS IN THE FAST LANE

Giddy with kitschy style and camp homoeroticism, Fags in The Fast Lane is a raucous middle-finger to good taste, convention and banality. But be warned... (Click here)

Monday
Jun192017

REVIEWS / WE DON'T NEED A MAP

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Warwick Thornton scored Opening Night honours for his impassioned docu-diatribe We Don't Need a Map, a fierce but frustrating study in nationalism and indigenous tradition (Click here)

Sunday
Jun182017

REVIEWS / MIYUBI

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: One of the first virtual reality 'feature films' is the toy robot saga Miyubi, an 80s-set comedy-drama that employs VR dexterity with a bittersweet take on the inevitabilty of ageing (Click here)

Friday
Jun162017

FEATURES / HOLY AIR: THE SHADY SROUR NTERVIEW

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Faith, disenfranchisement and centuries of Middle Eastern tension are just some of the elements that combine to make Holy Air such a bracing, brilliant satire of modern life in Israel. It announces the writer/director/star Shady Srour as a major international talent (Click here)

Tuesday
Jun132017

FEATURES / REMEMBERING FRED J. KOENEKAMP

Oscar-winning cinematographer Fred J. Koenekamp, the versatile DOP who soared in the era of grand Hollywood spectacle (Patton; Papillon; The Towering Inferno) passed away on May 31, aged 94 (Click here

Sunday
Jun112017

BLOG / PREVIEW: 20th REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2017 REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: From alternative artist and academic Denah Johnston (pictured, left) to the great one-time-only Bond, George Lazenby, Perth's premiere film event Revelation sets a typically eclectic agenda for its 20th anniversary bash (Click here)

Wednesday
Jun072017

BLOG / WHAT WOULD NASHEN WATCH? DIRECTOR PICKS HIS BEST OF THE FEST

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Need a guide to the best of the Sydney Film Festival's gazillion films? Just ask the man in charge... (Click here)

Wednesday
Jun072017

FEATURES / WHITNEY CAN I BE ME: THE NICK BROOMFIELD INTERVIEW

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: With his latest Whitney Can I Be Me stiring debate and pulling heartstrings, Nick Broomfield reflects on the emotional journey he took in compiling hours of archival footage and his own career, nearly 40 years in the making (Click here)

Wednesday
Jun072017

FEATURES / POP AYE: THE KIRSTEN TAN INTERVIEW

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Although set deep in the Thai countryside, Kirsten Tan's Pop Aye explores the universal themes of longing, memory and hope within a road-trip movie framework. Critics and audiences have fallen in love with her old-man-and-an-elephant tale (Click here)

Wednesday
Jun072017

FEATURES / THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT: THE KIRSTEN CARTHEW INTERVIEW

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: From one of the most remote regions in Canada's Northwest Territories emerges The Sun at Midnight, a tough, tender coming-of-age drama from writer/director Kirsten Carthew (Click here)

Monday
May292017

BLOG / STAR POWER AND SWEDISH SATIRE EARN CANNES 2017 TOP HONOURS

2017 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: A divisive Palme d'or winner and an awards ceremony filled with headline-grabbing was always on the cards for the 70th anniversary festival's closing night (Click here)