FEATURE: INTERVIEWS FROM THE LADIES IN BLACK RED CARPET

Bruce Beresford’s new film, Ladies in Black is a charming look at some department store shop girls working in Sydney in 1959. The story is adapted from a novel by the late, Madeleine St John who attended university with Clive James and the famous director. The film was a labour of love that was some 24 years…

FILM REVIEW: THE SECOND

  When you think of words like “The Second” it’s easy to be dismissive and consider it something sub-par. In the context of the new Australian film, it’s all about a writer grappling with penning her sophomore novel. But this plodding, psychological drama ultimately comes off as second-best due to some issues with its pacing…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: JASPER JONES

  When a young woman’s dead body is found by two boys their lives are irrevocably changed. This is the premise for Jasper Jones, an Australian story that borrows a few things from the classic book, To Kill A Mockingbird. The film is a beautifully-shot, family drama about small-town prejudices and lies. Jasper Jones was originally a…

FILM REVIEW: WINTER AT WESTBETH

  Winter at Westbeth is a film that’s all about “the art.” And celebrating it at every age. This documentary looks at three young at heart, elderly, American artists who live in a vibrant, housing complex called Westbeth Artists Housing in New York. It is ultimately a film that is like a love letter to…

DVD REVIEW: THE HECKLER

  The Heckler is an Australian film that is not just a comedy but one that’s also about the genre, or stand-up in particular. It’s a body swap film that is a bit like Freaky Friday meets Ghost. It’s a low-budget satire that fills some rather large shoes by managing to stand-out from most other comedy…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: ODDBALL

  They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but a certain Maremma certainly got a new job in the small, Victorian town of Warrnambool. The Italian sheepdog was used to guard the town’s dwindling population of penguins. It was such a success it was declared a modern-day miracle or fairy-tale and the…

DVD REVIEW: RUBEN GUTHRIE

  Ruben Guthrie is a film that’s supposed to be a thoughtful look at the drinking culture in Australia. But instead it feels hollow and fails to offer too many insights. Heck, You Am I’s song, “Heavy Heart” actually offers a lot more wit on the subject in 3:11 than this entire feature. One redeeming…