Eternal Spring – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022

In March 2002, a state TV station in China was hijacked by members of the outlawed spiritual group Falun Gong. Their goal was to counter the government narrative about their practice. In the aftermath, police raids sweep Changchun City, and comic book illustrator Daxiong, a Falun Gong practitioner, is forced to flee. He arrives in …

Waterman – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022

As someone who isn’t familiar with the world of surfing, this documentary about five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was a revealing and beyond inspiring viewing that defies time and legacy. Majestically narrated by Jason Momoa, the film takes us on a journey through the many highlights of Duke’s professional life. He’s …

Still Working 9 to 5 – Film Review | Doc Edge Festival 2022

“Everyone was very nervous about the movie, because it had three female leads” – Lily Tomlin In the 1970’s, 1/3 of working women were secretaries. The pay was terrible, the bosses could routinely harass and talk down to their employees and there was very little if nothing a woman could do to move up. Eventually, …

Long Live My Happy Head – Film Review | Doc Edge Festival 2022

Gordon is an adorable Scottish man from Edinburgh. He’s a comic book artist who is working on several autobiographical books about how he’s living with this looming cloud over his head. At 32 he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and he hasn’t stopped fighting. Seven years later, he is writing and drawing what …

Les pires (The Worst Ones) – Film Review | Festival de Cannes 2022

During the summer, four teenagers from the Picasso projects in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, get street cast to star in a feature film. Everyone claims they picked “the worst ones”, but while filming we get a closer look at who they really are. Director/writers duo Lise Akoka & Romane Gueret wonderfully blend filmmaking and storytelling on- and off-screen, …

The Island – Film Review | IFFR ’22

An upside down Robinson Crusoe story Doctor Robinson Crusoe is enjoying his time alone on a secluded island. He has his iPad and not a care in the world. He has time to himself in which to reflect, the weight of the world has gotten to him and he needs a break. When a ship …

Other People – Film Review | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2021

“People who have experienced violence, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia, internet hate, fat phobia and other forms of bullying or who are struggling with an eating disorder are particularly at risk.” With that title card, Aleksandra Terpinska opens her feature debut, Other People (based on the novel by Dorota Maslowska) – a Polish …

A Place Called Dignity – Film Review | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2021

Colonia Dignidad was a notorious commune in Southern Chile with a tight relation to Pinochet’s regime methods. When 12-year-old Pablo receives a scholarship to attend school at Colonia Dignidad, which was established by German settlers, it comes as a surprise when he becomes the favourite of Uncle Paul, the leader of the colony. Pablo starts …

The Noise of Engines – Film Review | SSIFF ’21

Being placed on leave from work, Alexandre (Robert Naylor) returns home to his quiet Canadian hometown. Soon, Alexandre becomes the center of an investigation into explicit drawings popping up around town. What stuck out to me most about The Noise of Engines is how much it seems to pay tribute to films such as Hot …

Infinite Light – Film Review | SFFF 2021

When Alex’s girlfriend, Sarah (Emma Elle Paterson), unexpectedly dies during a camping trip, he tries to move on with his life, but when he and his best friend (who’s also Sarah’s brother) uncover a family secret, they believe they can bring her back from the dead. Eric Dubois showcases enough skills in his feature directorial …