FILM REVIEW: NOW SOUND: MELBOURNE’S LISTENING

  London’s calling, California’s dreaming, so Melbourne must be dancing if Now Sound: Melbourne’s Listening is true. The documentary is a celebration of the independent music scene in our very own, world-renowned, live music capital. This film is a passionate little time capsule joined at the hip to a very special time and place. Tobias Willis from KEWL…

FILM REVIEW: LOST IN FRANCE

  What goes on tour stays on tour. Except if you’re the Scottish artists who feature in Lost in France. This music documentary is a boozy and breezy look back at a once-forgotten, 1997 Brittany tour. The artists reunite again in 2015 and in doing so, prove that some things – like friendship – never change. The…

FILM REVIEW: STUDIO 54: THE DOCUMENTARY

  Groucho Marx once said he wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have him as a member. For us mere mortals, the world’s most famous nightclub remains elusive territory. It only existed for 33 months and if you were lucky enough to be there, chances are the velvet rope held you back. Studio…

FILM REVIEW: THE TWINNING REACTION

  Try to imagine something that could be your biggest joy and greatest nightmare. It’s not easy. But finding out you have an identical twin sibling has got to be up there. The Twinning Reaction is a documentary that covers a bizarre and bittersweet example of this with brutal honesty. The results are not what you’d expect….

FILM REVIEW: BEAUTIFUL BOY

  We always hurt the ones we love the most. This is certainly the case with Beautiful Boy. The film is an emotional drama about a father who is grappling with his son’s drug addiction. It’s a very human and poignant story. This film is the English language debut for director, Felix Van Groeningen. The plot is inspired by…

FILM REVIEW: OF FATHERS & SONS

  Of Fathers & Sons should come with a warning. This is likely to induce nightmares even though it’s not strictly a horror film. It is however, a horrifying documentary that chronicles a religious zealot and his young, jihadist-in-the-making sons. The result is a visceral and eye-opening look at this largely-unknown world. Filmmaker, Talal Derki is no stranger…

FILM REVIEW: LADIES IN BLACK

Ladies in Black could have been named “Shopgirl”, but that title was already taken. The film, set over the summer of 1959 in a Department store like David Jones, is a gentle story about some Australian women who are standing on the precipice of change; but often feels like the entrée before the main. This film…

FILM REVIEW: JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN

  Johnny English Strikes Again is the third film in this popular franchise. This latest spy spoof follows its predecessors in once again offering audiences a funny romp with an unlikely secret agent. There are predictable scrapes and outrageous hijinks but one thing’s for certain, you are in for a fun ride. David Kerr directs this film,…

FILM REVIEW: HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS

  They sang about ‘Typical Girls’ but in reality they were anything but. The Slits were a ferocious, female punk band who played alongside The Clash, The Sex Pistols and more. Here to be Heard: The Story Of The Slits is a conventional but entertaining music documentary celebrating those raucous rapscallions. William E. Badgley –…

FILM REVIEW: THE INSUFFERABLE GROO

The idea of ‘Get rich or die trying’ certainly applies to Stephen Groo. The Utah man has written, directed and acted in over 200 low-budget commercial flops. The Insufferable Groo is a documentary that examines this difficult filmmaker’s life in glorious Technicolor. To call Groo an eccentric is an understatement. The 40-year-old hasn’t had a steady…