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Film

Posted 7 Sep 2015 @ 4:24pm

The Astor have revealed their second theatre calendar since the business was saved by Palace Cinemas in June. Featuring a range of classic, cult and new release films in digital and celluloid formats, the new program will see audiences through until Boxing Day.

 

For the first time in...

Posted 7 Sep 2015 @ 9:13am

Once you’ve seen the film Under a Kaleidoscope, a new independent film by writer/director Addison Heath which opens this year’s Melbourne Underground Film Festival, you wonder how actor Kristen Condon got herself into the right frame of mind and emotional state to play some of her scenes. Her character, Beatrice is in a dire situation, physically and psychologically abused while she’s held...

Posted 2 Sep 2015 @ 3:27pm

At 17 years old, O’Shea Jackson, the boy who would become notorious rapper Ice Cube, was a young man seething with rage, tired of the daily injustices of life in inner city L.A., and hungry for change. He was also ready to show the world something they’d never seen before, whether they liked it or not. Nearly 30 years down the track, the teenaged Ice Cube has been recreated with uncanny...

Posted 1 Sep 2015 @ 3:10pm

★★★★☆

 

Director Neil Armfield has been away from the silver screen for too long – last gracing us with the hard-hitting Candy in 2006 – which makes his return with this adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s beloved memoir all the more splendid. Holding The Man is a simple yet deeply moving account of a great romance, told with genuine warmth, humour and astonishing intimacy....

Posted 1 Sep 2015 @ 10:39am

After undertaking the largest research and development project in the company's history, IMAX have developed its next-generation laser projection and sound system that provides audiences with the sharpest and most immersive 3D cinema experience to date. 

 

Designed from the ground-up specifically for colossal screens, the industry leading technology boasts the world's highest...

Posted 25 Aug 2015 @ 10:16am

★★★☆ 

 

From its high-profile cast (Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone) and its high dialogue-to-action ratio, right down to its tortured, however brilliant protagonist, Woody Allen’s silver screen offering for 2015 has all the markings of his signature films. Like we would have expected anything less.
 
In typical Allen fashion, the cast is short and sweet. It encompasses...

Posted 24 Aug 2015 @ 3:59pm

An acid dropping friendship, a treasure hunting caper, '70s crime-comedy and chilling psychological thrillers are all on the cards for this year's Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Presenting low budget classics, hidden gems and films that will 'totally do your head in' - The 16th annual MUFF is set to be a real trip. 

 

Opening night brings Under A Kaleidoscope, the feature...

Posted 18 Aug 2015 @ 4:45pm

★★★☆

 

Featuring a powerhouse performance from Elisabeth Moss, writer-director Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth is a tense psychodrama that makes for both admirable and unnerving viewing.
 
After being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend while dealing with her father’s recent death, Catherine (Moss) seeks solace in a week away at her friend Virginia’s (Katherine...

Posted 18 Aug 2015 @ 4:44pm

★★★

 

Neil Young started work on his debut feature film, Human Highway in 1978   Four years and, reportedly, a few million dollars later, the film was finally released, just in time to take advantage of the VCR market that it linger on the home video shop shelf for the benefit of Neil Young obsessives and cult movie fans. 
 
The story, as much as a narrative exists,...

Posted 18 Aug 2015 @ 4:44pm

★★★

 

Paul Cox is a perennial favourite of the Melbourne International Film Festival. His 1979 feature Kostas was the first Australian film to open the festival. The auteur's 47th feature fittingly opens the 64th MIFF. Force Of Destiny is his most personal and intimate film to date as it draws upon his own experiences while undergoing a life saving liver transplant a few years...

Posted 18 Aug 2015 @ 4:43pm

★★★★

 

The films of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, etc) are strange, off-beat, enigmatic, unsettling, confronting, and often hard to fathom, and have divided audiences. The Lobster, his first English language feature film, is no exception. It won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year, but like a lot of previous such winners it is a film that lacks broad...

Posted 14 Aug 2015 @ 2:38pm

The Environmental Film Festival has unveiled the program for its 2015 incarnation.

 

For the first time ever, the festival will go expand to the national stage, with events also taking place in Canberra and Hobart. The Melbourne edition will launch on Thursday September 3 with the world premiere of Black Hole, a film about the Australian coal mining industry, along with a...

Posted 11 Aug 2015 @ 5:01pm

★★★★

 

What links the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl and a repetitive tapping noise on shortwave radio known as the ‘Russian Woodpecker’? Is it conceivable that the 1986 disaster was a distraction to cover up the failure of a Soviet attempt to jam Western communication systems? Lovers of conspiracy theories will lap up the bringing together of two seemingly unrelated incidents in...

Posted 11 Aug 2015 @ 5:00pm

★★★★

 

Originally a stage play that has toured around the world, Lally Katz's film adaptation of Stories I Want to Tell You in Person is as charming and quirky as Katz herself.
 
This is a story about Katz and what led to her writing this show. After coming to the realisation that if she has love, she may not be able to write well, Lally makes a deal with her...

Posted 11 Aug 2015 @ 5:00pm

★★★★☆

 

Fascinated by rugby and its colossal significance within the hearts and minds of New Zealanders, filmmakers Christopher Pryor and Miriam Smith had the basis for a new documentary - the follow-up to How Far Is Heaven, released in 2012. But where would they shoot it? Who would they follow? And what story were they going to tell? The humble north-island town of Reporoa would...

Posted 11 Aug 2015 @ 4:16pm

Next month ACMI will host Muppets, Music and Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy to commemorate the 25th year since Henson’s passing.

 

The program charts a course through Henson’s wonderful experimental films, TV commercials, animations and, of course, his work on probably the most famous and influential of all television programs - Sesame Street. These brand-new package of works come...

Posted 7 Aug 2015 @ 5:17pm

Pawno, a new indie film set in Footscray, is a kind of love poem (not sentimental) to one of Melbourne’s most diverse suburbs. Director Paul Ireland and lead actor and screenwriter Damian Hill had a chat to Beat about their ‘ambitious and breezily watchable’ feature film debut. “We did think about Collingwood,” says Hill, who lives in Footscray. “But even Collingwood is too gentrified now; it...

Posted 7 Aug 2015 @ 12:20pm

Originally performed as part of the 2013 season at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, Lally Katz’s one woman show Stories I Want to Tell You in Person is now part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. As one of Australia’s most acclaimed playwrights (with her most recent production Timeshare premiering at Malthouse to rave reviews), Katz made her acting debut in Stories I Want to Tell You...

Posted 5 Aug 2015 @ 12:48pm

In her first lead role in a feature film, of which she also penned the script, Amy Schumer plays a heavy-drinking, pot-smoking writer. The crux of the story follows her belief that monogamy is an inherently unsustainable concept – an ideology she picked up at the age of nine when her father detailed his reasoning for cheating on her mother copious times, which led to their subsequent divorce....

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 4:11pm

The 64th incarnation of the Melbourne International Film Festival is set to be the biggest yet. Boasting 370 films, 17 program strands, 28 world premieres, 163 Australian premieres, 23 Talking Pictures events, 29 international guests and over 100 local guests, Michelle Carey's fifth program as Artistic Director of MIFF is a feast of dynamic, eclectic and exploratory film-making, and one that...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 3:36pm

★★★☆ 

 

An intimate character-study, Actress follows Brandy Burre, best known for her recurring character on The Wire, Theresa D’Agostino, as she tries to return to the profession after a seven year absence. She gave up acting to raise two children with her partner in small-town New York state, and the film explores the fragility of her latest performance – that of a stay-at-home...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 3:35pm

★★★☆ 

 

Of all the Beat writers, William S Burroughs is perhaps the most complex.  Born into a successful middle class family, Burroughs’ life was as volatile as his literary output was colourful.  Burroughs’ 1959 novel Naked Lunch is regarded as one of the defining books of the Beat period: replete with fantastic and gruesome imagery, and barely held together by a confusing...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 3:34pm

★★★☆ 

 

"Won't somebody please think of the children?" is the hysterical of The Simpsons’ Helen Lovejoy. It’s a sentiment echoed by those who object to same-sex parenting – how will the children be affected? The obvious answer, as revealed by the Australian crowd-sourced documentary Gayby Baby, is that same-sex parenting will have the same hurdles and triumphs experienced by any...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 3:33pm

★★★★

 

Job-hunting is nobody’s idea of a good time. It might seem like rather dour subject matter for a film, but it’s deftly handled in Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard's observational documentary, Rules Of The Game. This tender and insightful film centres its (in)action at a branch of Ingeus, an employment consultancy firm in northern France. Here, disenfranchised youth are...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 3:31pm

★★★★☆ 

 

For those that don't know, there aren't a lot of things in this world that are better than witnessing fan joy. I mean that moment when an audience is brought to its feet by the sheer awesomeness of a well-executed labour of love. That's what Chris, Eric, and, in the corner, Jayson, felt about Raiders of the Lost Ark. This film spoke directly to their 11-year-old selves,...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 3:29pm

★★★★

 

From murderous narratives to fatalistic musings, the discourse of rock’n’roll is littered with images of death and dying.  But when Wilko Johnson, founding member of legendary UK rhythm and blues band Dr Feelgood, and latter day member of Ian Dury’s Blockheads, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, it brought with it a wave of awareness and, Johnson suggests without a...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 3:16pm

★★☆

 

Working with archetypal characters, and particularly those with extensive back catalogues, certainly has its pitfalls. Living up to the legacy of such immortal characters can be a great burden, and it is one that Mr. Holmes, as both a film and a man, struggles to carry. Decades after retiring to the countryside, celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) decides to...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 3:15pm

★☆

 

Science fiction has one clear and present danger – it puts ideas first and foremost. What great science fiction does is takes high concepts and explores the ramifications of our relationship with them, be they focused on technology, discovery, or the universe we are yet to understand. Bad science fiction uses said high concepts to lure intelligent audiences into watching...

Posted 23 Jul 2015 @ 11:42am

Following in the paw prints of much-loved ‘Astor cat’ Marzipan, who sadly passed away in March 2013, today Palace Cinemas have announced the arrival of new cat Duke at the iconic Astor Theatre.

 

Duke is a black and white short-haired cat, who will make the Astor his permanent home after being adopted from not-for-profit organisation The Lost Dogs’ Home. 
 
Fittingly...

Posted 21 Jul 2015 @ 3:42pm

“The goal with Deathgasm,” says writer-director Jason Lei Howden, “was to make the sort of film that I wanted to watch when I was a teenager. The perfect storm of gore and metal and boobs and dick jokes.” He chuckles to himself before adding, “I guess I kind of succeeded in that.”  

 

He’s not wrong. One of the highlights of the Night Shift section at this year’s Melbourne...

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