The Melbourne International Film Festival 2016
Aug23

The Melbourne International Film Festival 2016

The Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia has just wrapped up its 65th year, and we were there for part of it to take in the crazy atmosphere, the workshops, lectures and networking of their Accelerator industry program, and of course to see a few films

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From the Melbourne Film Festival: The Family
Aug23

From the Melbourne Film Festival: The Family

With the Manson Family still regularly in the news and often fictionalized on our screens (August 9 was the 47th anniversary of the shocking murders), it’s inevitable that people will be drawn to this new documentary about another cult utilizing the same moniker.

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Predestination (15) Home Ents Review
Apr06

Predestination (15) Home Ents Review

Dir. Michael Spierig/Peter Spierig, Australia, 2014, 93 mins Cast:  Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor Adapted from a 1958 short story by Robert Heinlein, this mind bending time travel tale is a fascinating series of paradoxes or indeed Russian dolls buried inside each other, which could well do your head in.  As Hawke himself has described it, it is a snake eating its own tail. Hawke is an actor who makes interesting and unusual...

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The Turning (15) Home Ents Review
Apr04

The Turning (15) Home Ents Review

Dir. Simon Stone, David Wenham, Claire McCarthy, Robert Connolly, Tony Ayres, Stephen Page, Mia Wasikowska, Justin Kurzel, Warwick Thornton, Australia, 2014, 172 mins. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otta, Matt Nable, Myles Pollard, Peta Brady, Toby Wallace Eighteen short films of varying length, each with a different director, make up this film. The stories are all individual and the only connection between...

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Wolf Creek (18) | Close-Up Film Review
Mar01

Wolf Creek (18) | Close-Up Film Review

  Writer-director Greg McLean’s feature film debut (his background is in theatre and art) is a terrifying, stalking example of cruel and gritty horror. Influenced by Dogme 95, stylishly shot on HD and beginning with the statement “Based on a true story”, Wolf Creek is disturbingly realistic and, even more disturbingly, all too plausible. McLean has since stated that the film is an amalgam of various recent...

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