Review – ‘The Assistant’

In Kitty Green‘s narrative debut ‘The Assistant‘, we follow one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner – ‘Ozark‘), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant’s – making coffee, […]

Netflix Review – ‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’

Opening your four-part docuseries with a slide that states “The following series contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse involving minors, which may be disturbing for some viewers.”, sets the tone for what’s about to unfold. We then cut to an interrogation in 2012, where Epstein quickly uses his right to plead the Fifth Amendment to […]

Netflix Review – ‘The Lovebirds’

Only a handful of romantic action comedies are actually memorable. After 2020’s pandemic put a halt on all theatrical releases, Paramount Pictures made a deal with Netflix and ‘The Lovebirds‘ has now finally been released, six weeks later than initially planned. A lot of fun is to be had, but let’s make one thing clear, […]

Review – ‘Endings, Beginnings’

Bad breakups, toxic behaviour and fear of your own thoughts, that’s exactly what Daphne (Shailene Woodley – Big Little Lies) is dealing with in ‘Endings, Beginnings‘. Living in her sister’s guesthouse, she regularly witnesses her sibling and her brother-in-law fighting, which not only aggravates Daphne’s growing despair regarding long-term love, but on top of that […]

SSAFF Review – ‘Back of the Moon’

The closing film of Sydney’s South African Film Festival 2020 is Academy Award-nominated director Angus Gibson‘s (Mandela) ‘Back of the Moon’, a tragic love story set in a rundown part of Johannesburg. It’s 1958 and Badman (Richard Lukunku – Black Sails), an intellectual and the leader of the most powerful gang in Sophiatown, lives life […]

SSAFF Review – ‘Fiela Se Kind’

In Brett Michael Innes‘ adaptation of Dalene Matthee‘s classic novel, a coloured woman living in the dried up valley, Karoo, takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that […]

Sydney South African Film Festival goes national with virtual 2020 program

Tickets on sale now! The Sydney South African Film Festival (SSAFF) is one of Australia‚Äôs first festivals to go online in 2020. The Festival will screen nationwide from 16 to 26 May, with four feature films, four documentaries and one short. Q&A-sessions and interviews with the directors are planned to run in conjunction with the films. All […]

Review – ‘How To Build a Girl’

Caitlin Moran‘s novel (who also wrote the screenplay) ‘How To Build a Girl‘ tells the story of teenager Johanna Morrigan’s (Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart) journey as she reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde. Yesterday, a teenager in search of her own identity; today, a sex-positive wild child with an infamous look, and trash talking the finest […]

Review – ‘The Lodge’

Who doesn’t want to go to a remote lodge in winter to celebrate Christmas with the family?! Unless of course it’s with your stepmom, who you don’t necessarily have anything in common with. That’s exactly what happens in Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz‘s newest film ‘The Lodge‘. After its premiere at Sundance over a year […]

Review – ‘Color Out of Space’

Cult director Richard Stanley (who once famously got fired as the director of ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau‘) directs H.P. Lovecraft‘s cosmic nightmare Color Out of Space. The story follows Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage continuing his Cage-aissance) and his family, whose recent retreat to rural life gets interrupted when a meteorite crashes into their front […]