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…

Retro Review: Evil Angels

Evil Angels (1988) Written by David Morgan-Brown The death of baby Azaria Chamberlain was one of those heart-wrenching news stories that captured the nation during a large part of the early ‘80s, a relatively small news story that ballooned into a national sensation heard around the world due to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the controversial…

Review: Down Under

Down Under Written and Directed by Abe Forsythe Produced by Barbara Gibbs, Jodi Matterson, Greg McLean and Stuart Quin Starring Lincoln Younes, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha, Fayssal Bazzi, Alexander England, Damon Herriman, Justin Rosniak, Chris Bunton, Harriet Dyer, David Field, Marshall Napier, Josh McConville and Dylan Young “Smart, hilarious, brutal and confronting, Down Under is one of the…

Retro Review: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Written by David Morgan-Brown WARNING: This review contains spoilers. Aussie film writer/director/producer Fred Schepisi, fresh into serious filmmaking at just 37 when his debut The Devil’s Playground was released, then followed it up with The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (an adaptation of Thomas Kineally’s novel) that was as concerned with…

Retro Review: The Devil’s Playground

The Devil’s Playground (1976) Directed by Fred Schepisis Written by Fred Schepisis Produced by Fred Schepisis Starring Charles McCallum, John Frawley, Arthur Dignam, Nick Tate, Peter Cox, Jonathan Hardy, Gerry Duggan, Thomas Keneally, Sheila Florance and Simon Burke “Most filmmaking newcomers nowadays can only dream of making a debut film this sharply excellent.” Review by David Morgan-Brown: One of the more…

Review: Scare Campaign

Scare Campaign Written and Directed by: Cameron and Colin Cairnes Produced by: Julie Ryan Starring: Meegan Warner, Ian Meadows, Olivia DeJonge, Josh Quong Tart, Patrick Harvey, Cassandra Magrath, Steve Mouzakis, John Brumpton, Jason Geary, Sigrid Thornton, Kaiting Yap Synopsis: Popular prank TV show, Scare Campaign, has been entertaining audiences for the last five years with its…

Retro Review: Don’s Party

Don’s Party (1976) Directed by Bruce Beresford Written by David Williamson Produced by Phillip Adams, David Barrow Starring Ray Barrett, Clare Binney, Pat Bishop, Graeme Blundell, Jeanie Drynan, John Hargreaves, Harold Hopkins, Graham Kennedy, Veronica Lang and Candy Raymond Review by David Morgan-Brown: Director Bruce Beresford began his film career with an ocker comedy (The Adventures of Barry MacKensie and its sequel), as did writer David Williamson…

Retro Review: Journey Among Women

Directed by Tom Cowan Produced by John Weiley Starring Nell Campbell, Jude Kuring, Lisa Peers and Martin Phelan Review by David Morgan-Brown: “Love it … hate it … see it.” That was the film’s tagline when Greater Union distributed it, though there’s not too much to hate about this simplistic, yet enjoyably satisfying film. An outback…