FILM REVIEW: WOODSTOCK AT FIFTY

  Woodstock was one of the most important concerts in history. This year marks 50 years since those infamous three days of peace, love and music. The film, Woodstock at Fifty is a documentary that gives a rather backstage view to the show thanks to some interviews with various key players. While some parts of this work…

FILM REVIEW: TOMMY EMMANUEL: THE ENDLESS ROAD

  He’s Australia’s very own finger-picking, boogie-woogie man. Tommy Emmanuel is a guitar icon and one of only a handful of people who can say they’re a certified guitar player. Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road is an entertaining look at many facets of this charismatic musician and artist. This film is written and directed by Jeremy Dylan who has made…

FILM REVIEW: BOOM! A FILM ABOUT THE SONICS

  Boom! A Film about the Sonics is a documentary that is cut from the same cloth as Searching for Sugar Man and Waiting: The Van Duren Story. You may not have heard about American group, The Sonics but chances are you’ve heard their influence through other people’s music. This film is an overwhelmingly positive one that finally gives this band of…

FILM REVIEW: XY CHELSEA

You get the sense that the stage was set for a great documentary about Chelsea Manning. It was May 2017 when the former US army soldier and intelligence analyst had her sentence commuted by President Barack Obama. She also granted a documentary film crew unfettered access to her life. And yet what follows is a muddled mess…

FILM REVIEW: THE CHILLS: THE TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY OF MARTIN PHILLIPPS

  Martin Phillipps is a brave, post-punk poet. The leader of the New Zealand band, The Chills has had a long and varied career writing heavenly pop tunes that are filled with dark undercurrents. The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps is a revealing look at an eccentric protagonist in his own tragicomic story. Phillipps is an artist…

FILM REVIEW: DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME

  David Crosby was a Byrd who became a “difficult cat”. In Remember My Name he is an old dog armed with a guitar in one hand and a spliff in the other. This musician and artist is very candid about his full and colourful life in this feature-length documentary. This film is ultimately an entertaining and insightful…

FILM REVIEW: THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY

  Most documentaries are good at providing observations about a subject. They are often unobtrusive and just like a fly-on-the-wall. But what do you do when you’ve chosen to chronicle an individual who is an illusionist and expert prankster by day? TV director, Ben Berman grapples with this as well as the notion of the truth in…

FILM REVIEW: WAITING- THE VAN DUREN STORY

  The name “Van Duren” may not mean much to most people. But to Greg Carey and Wade Jackson this Memphis musician is king. The pair went on a journey to discover more about this artist. The result, Waiting: The Van Duren Story is like Searching for Sugar Man, because it sees some fans searching for a creative genius and the format allows…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE MERGER

  Australians let us all rejoice for we all love our sports. The comedy film, The Merger, knows this and celebrates this part of our culture. The result is a well-intentioned look at how people from all walks of life can come together for a good game of footy. This film – directed by Backyard Ashes’…