Retro Review: Bliss

“This semi-surrealist romantic-comedy is a film so surprisingly large in scope and so adventurous with its narrative scale and cinematic form, it takes quite the toll on the mind and heart.” Written by David Morgan-Brown Most certainly one of the most audacious and ambitious directorial debuts from this country, this semi-surrealist romantic-comedy about a man…

Review: The Pretend One

The Pretend One Directed by Tony Prescott Written by Tony Prescott and James Raue Produced by Tony Prescott and Dinusha Ratnaweera Starring David Field, Garaldine Hakewill, Michael Whalley, Fiona Press, Benedict Wall, Elijah Perris and Alice Roberts “Who would have thought one of the most beautiful, heartfelt, emotional and complex on-screen relationships in Australian film…

Review: Rough Stuff

Rough Stuff Written and Directed by Jonathan Adams Produced by Nicole Johnschwager and Kelly Tomasich Starring Gareth Rickards, Vincent Andriano, Sam Glissan, Hayley Sullivan, Katie Garfield, Jamie Kristian, Adam Horner and Ernie Dingo “An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.”   by Matthew Eeles 2017 is off and racing and Australian cinema is off to a flying start…

Retro Review: Celia

“Celia has never been as well regarded as it ought to be, especially given the lack of recognised Australian films about children that aren’t children’s films.” Written by David Morgan-Brown Along with Newsfront and The Devil’s Playground, Celia is another superb directorial debut from an Australian filmmaker, showing a very mature vision through the film’s style…

Retro Review: The Boys

“The Boys isn’t either horror or documentary, but it feels very much like both.” Written by David Morgan-Brown Before Animal Kingdom and Snowtown, there was another Australian film that portrayed how terrifying and brooding an ordinary suburban setting could be. The boys that are referred to in the title are the Sprague brothers, with eldest Brett…

Review: The Legend of Ben Hall

The Legend of Ben Hall Written & Directed by Matthew Holmes Starring Jack Martin, Jamie Coffa, Joanne Dobbin, William Lee, Andy McPhee and Pia Grace Moon “Epic. A triumph.” by Matthew Eeles There’s this frustrating, negative dialogue which unwelcomely rears its ugly head from time to time within our filmmaking industry. It’s about Australian feature…

Review: Lazybones

Lazybones Directed by Michael Jones Written by Caitlin Farrugia and Michael Jones Starring Jackson Tozer, Fabiana Weiner, Troy Larkin, Eva Seymour, Tegan Crowley, Francis Greenslade and Maude Davey “A highly enjoyable watch. One of the finest examples of independent filmmaking we’ve seen in years.” by Matthew Eeles It’s hard not to compare the structure of…