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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)

Friday
May262017

FEATURES / THE GATEWAY BUG: THE JOHANNA B. KELLY INTERVIEW

2017 MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL: Food shortages. Greenhouse gases. The very means by which we feed the planet. Could the humble cricket, or the larvae of the black fly, or the meal worm, hold the answer to these potentially crippling environmental concerns? In The Gateway Bug, director Johanna B. Kelly advocates a return to the bug-based diet of our ancestors... (Click here

Thursday
May252017

FEATURES / WOLF AND SHEEP: THE SHAHRBANOO SADAT INTERVIEW

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Six years in the making, Afghani filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat's slice-of-village-life drama Wolf and Sheep explores an outsider's perspective from within a country rife with conflict. From Kabul, the director spoke with us about her passion project... (Click here)

Thursday
May252017

REVIEWS / PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

There is so much left to explore, story-wise, by the time the fifth film in a waning franchise comes around, right? Johnny Depp returns to lead his motley crew (and a lot of Disney stakeholders) in another mega-budgeted sequel (Click here)

Saturday
May202017

INDUSTRY / OZ SHOOT CONTINUES AS CANNES BUYERS EYE FIRST IMAGES.

Even as the cameras are rolling in the wilds of New South Wales' far north coast, international sales agents are securing deals for Luke Sparks' sophomore effort, the alien invasion pic Occupation (Click here)

Saturday
May202017

REVIEWS / WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Nick Broomfield captures the huge heart and dark soul of one of the great and sad entertainment icons in pop culture history (Click here).