Posted 8 Sep 2014 @ 5:41pm

The new Australian thriller, Felony, opens in cinemas this week.  Beat spoke to director Matthew Saville and star Joel Edgerton about the film’s morally ambiguous world, and what it took to bring it about.  


As well as playing the central role of Detective Malcolm Toohey, Egerton also wrote the script. Essentially about a celebrated police officer being involved in a serious...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:07pm

Beat caught up with Livia Cullen, the Associate Director of the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne this week to talk about what audiences might see and experience during the festival. As with so many film festivals these days, there’s a lot more going on than screenings. There’s an eco art exhibition in Collins Place; Peter Strain’s stunning macrophotography of the creatures that inhabit...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:07pm

There is something Pynchonesque about the talent Australian film directors Michael and Peter Spierig enlist for their productions. Mungo McKay in Undead. Sahaj Dumpleton and Willem Dafoe in Daybreakers. Now, Sarah Snook stars opposite Ethan Hawke in Predestination, a clever, tragic and hugely entertaining film that sees the Adelaide actress deliver an outstanding performance. The film is the...

Posted 29 Aug 2014 @ 4:25pm

Later this year Madman will present a national theatrical showcase, celebrating the work of Studio Ghibli filmmakers and co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.


The Tale of Studio Ghibli: Celebrating the Genius of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata will screen on select screens in capital cities across the country for a limited two-week season. The showcase will feature...

Posted 27 Aug 2014 @ 4:09pm

ACMI has announced that it will screen Francis Ford Coppola's epic The Godfather trilogy next month.


ACMI will screen each title twice from restored 35mm prints direct from the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles. Featuring Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, James Caan and Robert Duvall, The Godfather trilogy is largely hailed as one of the most influential cinematic masterpieces...

Posted 27 Aug 2014 @ 1:12pm

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival has revealed the program for its 2014 incarnation.


Entering its 15th year, MUFF is an independent film festival that supports indie, guerilla, micro-budget, underground and avant garde cinema.
This year's program will open with Start.Options.Exit and wrap with Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, with seven other full-lengths and a...

Posted 26 Aug 2014 @ 2:05pm

ACMI has announced that it will screen Xavier Dolan's gripping new psychological thriller Tom at the Farm next month.


The taut, unnverving drama follows a young advertising copywriter who travels to a remote dairy farm in rural Quebec for his deceased lover's funeral. Upon arriving at the farm, Tom is immediately ensnared in a world of mind games and buried secrets.

Posted 23 Aug 2014 @ 8:32am

One of Melbourne's most iconic arts establishments will close their doors next year.


The news comes with the announcement of their most recent calendar, which includes the statement: "The Astor Theatre regretfully announces that this is our second last...

Posted 20 Aug 2014 @ 4:36pm



Sharp comedy-drama Appropriate Behavior made a splash at Sundance and it’s easy to see why. Shirin (Desiree Akhavan) is doing it tough, working through a tricky transitional phase. She has a bad case of post-break-up blues, faces constant pressure from her Persian family and, professionally speaking, she’s completely at sea. Appropriate Behavior follows Shirin’s hit-and-...

Posted 20 Aug 2014 @ 4:34pm



Dean (Josh McConville) is an anxious romantic, obsessed with reliving and preserving the perfect anniversary, forever. He drags Lana (Hannah Marshall) back to the desert to put his plan into action, but it all runs awry when Lana’s dreaded ex, Terry (Alex Dimitriades), arrives at the scene. Dean’s last recourse is to travel back in time, until he gets it right.

Posted 20 Aug 2014 @ 4:29pm



Formed originally in 1918 in the aftermath of World War I and the break-up of the Ottoman Empire, the former nation state of Czechoslovakia existed for 75 years until it was dissolved in 1989 in the so-called ‘Velvet Revolution’, so named for the relatively peaceful manner of its dissolution in the aftermath of the break-up of the Soviet Union. Yet Czechoslovakia had its...

Posted 20 Aug 2014 @ 4:27pm



'Integrity’ and ‘honesty’ are not adjectives you’d ordinarily associate with the profession of band manager.  To be fair, a band manager’s modus operandi is necessarily influenced by the dubious business dealings, duplicitous behavior and fragile egos that characterise the music industry.
In Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, Michael Douglas describes...

Posted 20 Aug 2014 @ 4:26pm



The scale of the destruction and tragedy inflicted on Cambodia by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979 is almost incomprehensible.  Hell bent on creating an agrarian socialist society based on an extreme reading of Marxist-Leninist theory, the Khmer Rouge set out over its four-year reign to systematically recalibrate the country’s social, economic and political...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 5:32pm



The third film by British director Joanna Hogg, Exhibition brings viewers into the bespoke inner-London home of couple D (Viv Albertine, of punk legends The Slits) and H (conceptual artist Liam Gillick). Both career artists, working on separate floors, their relationship appears to be one of unintended emotional distance. Conversing via intercom and unable to synchronise...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 5:29pm



Lukas Moodyson’s latest film is an utterly exuberant celebration of the optimism, awkwardness and adult-riling energy of teenagers. Based on graphic novel by his wife Coco and set in Stockholm in the early 80s, it chronicles the formation of a band by young punk fans Bobo and Klara, school outcasts for their weird hair and attitudes. Out of sync with fashion (post-punk and...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 5:28pm



Elements of director Shinji Aoyama’s latest film are like the polluted river that runs through a riverside suburb of Shimonoseki, the titular ‘backwater’ – it’s grimy, unsavoury and likely to leave you feeling dirty after dipping in it. Based on a prize-winning novel, Backwater attempts to deal seriously with dark themes but is hobbled by the very nature of its execution....

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 5:23pm



Like the wizard behind the curtain, Caroll Spinney is the 80-year-old man inside Sesame Street’s Big Bird and underneath Oscar the Grouch and as the title of the film suggests, this is his story. 
The movie charts the familiar path of such stories – a child that likes playing with puppets and a disapproving father and continues on in this fashion, throwing up...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 5:19pm



Once Pulp decided to reform for an encore run of festival dates through 2011-12, bookish cardigan wearers around the world rejoiced and it's their voices which ring throughout this heartwarming film. The minutiae of life in the band’s hometown of Sheffield are explored, as well as the town’s integral role in the band’s formation and development throughout Britpop’s heyday...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 5:17pm

★ ★ 


The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga is a puzzle of a thing and best described as a slow moving meditation on tradition and change. The white card on the gallery wall would say “Mixed-media.” 
The majority of the film is 16mm documentary style clips of eastern Europeans going about their post 20th century lives, from traditional activities such as...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 10:54am

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne have locked in the program for their 2014 incarnation.


Now in its fifth year, the not-for-profit festival continues to challenge the way that audiences think about the natural world.
Opening on Thursday September 4 with a screening of Once Upon A Forest, highlights of the festival include a collaboration with IMAX Melbourne to...

Posted 15 Aug 2014 @ 12:36pm



Adapted from the Alan Ayckbourn play of the same name, Life of Riley (Aimer, bore et chanter) marks Alain Resnais's third Ayckbourn adaptation and final film. Inspired by its stage origins, the film's hyper-theatrical stylisation is both alienating and alluring, resulting in a slightly imbalanced comedy of manners.
Following the reactions of three...

Posted 15 Aug 2014 @ 12:35pm



A comparison to Lena Dunham or Greta Gerwig may be unfair and largely superficial, but much of writer-director-actor Desiree Akhavan's, Appropriate Behaviour, draws on the directionless Brooklyn twentysomething archetype. Fortunately Akhavan's debut feature film avoids mimicking HBO's Girls, presenting some fresh ideas on a increasingly formulaic genre, resulting in a...

Posted 15 Aug 2014 @ 12:34pm



Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme), Québécois auteur Xavier Dolan's fourth feature film, may be a departure from form for the director, but proves to be a cleverly constructed psychological thriller.
Tom (Xavier Dolan) heads to the country to attend the funeral of his boyfriend, Guillaume, only to discover his boyfriend's mother Agathe (Lise Roy) did not know...

Posted 15 Aug 2014 @ 12:33pm



An admission from Elliott Smith that “I’m the wrong kind of person to be really big and famous…” begins Nickolas Rossi’s documentary Heaven Adores You. And nothing for the remaining 100-odd minutes comes close to explaining the cult singer-songwriter with such clarity.
From Steve the class clown to the morose and brilliant artist, Heaven Adores You...

Posted 13 Aug 2014 @ 1:08pm

The Melbourne International Film Festival will present a screening of Good Morning Vietnam this weekend to honour the late Robin Williams.


Good Morning Vietnam was Williams’ breakthrough big-screen performance, where his portrayal of Vietnam War radio DJ Adrian Cronauer showcased him not only a virtuoso comedian but a masterful dramatic actor.

Posted 7 Aug 2014 @ 10:38am

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival has unveiled the program for its 2014 incarnation.


Some highlights of the festival's 14th edition include Marina, a biopic of singer songwriter and accordionist Rocco Granata's life; A Lonely Hero, which follows a small everyday hero from Milan who reinvents himself everyday and The Fifth Wheel, a romantic comedy that journeys through four...

Posted 1 Aug 2014 @ 2:45pm

The AICE Israeli Film Festival have revealed the program for their 2014 instalment.


Now in its 11th year, the festival aims to present the best of Israeli cinema to Australia audiences, preparing a program that features everything from political documentaries to romance, from comedies to dramas.
The festival is produced by Palace Cinemas and the Australia Israel...

Posted 31 Jul 2014 @ 11:01am

ACMI will bring together some of the country's most celebrated animators for Legends of Australian Animation.


Academy Award winners Adam Elliot, Bruce Petty and Shaun Tan plus nominees Anthony Lucas and Sejong Park are all set to appear. Discussion will be sure to be stimulating with some of the nights topics including their unique approaches and thoughts on the international...

Posted 30 Jul 2014 @ 3:15pm

From Thursday July 31 to Sunday  August 17, Melbourne gets to gorge on film. For two and a half weeks. We do love a movie, and Australia’s largest film festival, MIFF has been dishing them up to us since 1952. MIFF has always spread itself around the CBD; 2014 farewells the old Greater Union cinema complex in Russell Street, one the festival’s homes for many years; MIFF venues now include ACMI...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 7:16pm

The program for the inaugural Girls on Film Festival has been unveiled.



The Girls on Film Festival aims to be a live mixtape of feminism, film and talk, with movies, parties, discussions and other events which celebrate the power of the feminist movement and women on-screen.


The 2014 program features screenings of The Runaways, Ponyo, Heavenly...