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…

Retro Review: The Removalists

The Removalists Written by David Morgan-Brown “The screenplay here is one of a few examples of what makes (or what should make) David Williamson a key figure of Australian cinema.” The Australian New Wave began with a number of films written by playwright David Williamson who adapted some of his own plays into scripts for…

Review: Hotel Coolgardie

Hotel Coolgardie Directed by Pete Gleeson Produced by Melissa Hayward and Kate Neylon “One of the most captivating Australian documentaries in recent memory. It’s humorous, absorbing, uneasy and often disturbing.” Hotel Coolgardie is one of the most captivating Australian documentaries in recent memory. It’s a humorous, absorbing, uneasy and often disturbing account of life inside…