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Tag: Australian film

Film Reviews

I Am Woman

Friday, September 4th, 2020 Film Reviews,

There should be a warning issued with this bio-pic of singer, Helen Reddy: after the film you’ll be humming I Am Woman for the next week or so. This might sound harmless enough, but in the wrong context it could raise uncomfortable questions about masculine identity. Reddy’s unofficial anthem for the women’s movement is easily […]

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Babyteeth

Friday, July 24th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Last year I spent some time trawling back over the history of Australian cinema, a process with mixed outcomes. It was exhilarating to rediscover the way local movies have captured moments of national anxiety and brash self-confidence. On the other hand, the boldness of past efforts, particularly during the 1970s, casts a withering light on […]

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Australia Cinema: A Decade to Forget

Friday, January 24th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Opening night at last year’s Sydney Film Festival drew the usual crowd of special invitees – many of them unlikely to attend another session. The film chosen to launch the festival was Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach, which chronicles the mid-life crises of a group of old friends who have come together to celebrate the lead […]

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Judy and Punch & Suzi Q

Friday, November 29th, 2019 Film Reviews,

Not for the first time I’m left wondering how it is that Australian films have become so bleak and brutal. The latest example is Mirrah Foulkes’s debut feature, Judy and Punch, which has atttacted a lot of specious praise and been nominated for umpteen awards. The reasons, as far as I can tell, are as […]

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Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Thursday, July 4th, 2019 Film Reviews,

One night at Sydney University we all turned up to see Mental As Anything. The support band was a lesser-known outfit named INXS. At this point the script should read: “…but that support band would blow the Mentals away and go on to international superstardom. It was all down to their electrifying lead singer, Michael […]

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Sydney Film Festival 2019 & Tolkien

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 Film Reviews,

Week two of the Sydney Film Festival rolls on but most of the interesting features are due to get local releases. As I’m reluctant to write too much about a movie that deserves a review in its own right, I’ll talk briefly about the festival, then segue to the new bio pic of J.R.R.Tolkien, which […]

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Storm Boy

Friday, January 18th, 2019 Film Reviews,

Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy is a slender novel that has plucked Australian heartstrings ever since it was released in 1964. The first screen adaptation came along in 1976, and has proven to be no less enduring than the book. Directed by Henri Safran, who made only a handful of feature films but numerous TV programs, […]

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1%

Friday, October 12th, 2018 Film Reviews,

On first impressions one wouldn’t imagine Matt Nable to be the literary type. Covered in tattoos, muscle-bound, mo-hawked, and prone to a bit of ultra-violence, Nable, who plays bikie leader, Knuck, in Stephen McCallum’s 1%, is also responsible for the screenplay. Although most of the dialogue is a stream of expletives, it’s more convincing than […]

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Ladies in Black

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 Film Reviews,

“Rarely, rarely, comest thou, Spirit of Delight!” lamented Shelley. He wasn’t referring to the Australian film industry but his words could hardly be more apposite. The number of local films I’ve watched in recent years that inspired even the faintest twinge of delight might be counted on the fingers of one hand. Finally, the drought […]

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[CENSORED]

Friday, June 15th, 2018 Film Reviews,

One of the most intriguing entries in this year’s Sydney Film Festival was a documentary called [CENSORED]. It consists of 63 minutes of footage stitched together from bits cut out of films by the Australian censorship office from 1958 to 1971. Director, Sari Braithwaite, rummaged through almost 2,000 clips preserved and digitised at the National […]