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…

Review: You’re Not Thinking Straight

You’re Not Thinking Straight Written and Directed by Luke Sullivan Produced by Giovanni De Santolo and Luke Sullivan Starring George Ronsin, Sage Godrei, Ali Aitken, Jean-Pierre Yerma, Amma Dalton and Aldo Fedato. “Eerie, atmospheric and often unsettling. A bold and daring debut for director Luke Sullivan.” You’re Not Thinking Straight follows Zack (George Ronsin), a nineteen-year-old whose life hasn’t been to kind to him.…

Review: Can’t Win. Do Try.

Can’t Win. Do Try. Written and Directed by JJ DeCeglie Produced by Simon Camp and JJ DeCeglie Starring Adriane Daff, Christopher Millington, Tanya Jade, Matt Furlani, Fiannah de Rue, Chris Reid, Harry Quinlan, Cj Hampson, Chelsea Gibson and Aimee Nicholls “It’s laugh-out-loud funny, batshit crazy and likely the most fun you’ll have watching a movie all year.” Can’t Win. Do Try. is an absolute breath of…