JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Shiva Baby’

Forced family functions are an absolute nightmare. Awkward social interactions, invasive questions from people you barely even know, let alone like. The first directorial outing from Emma Seligman dives head first into one of those dreaded afternoons. Danielle (Rachel Sennott) is lost in life. Her parents pay her way as she switches majors in college …

Review – ‘Archipel’

I must give praise to the director, Félix Dufour-Laperrière, for this experimental/animated film for its use of both traditional animation and found footage mixed media. Beautiful images flow around while two disembodied voices wax philosophical in French about the physical and metaphoric trappings of land. The imagery doesn’t always coincide with what is being said …

Review – ‘Wild Indian’

Michael Greyeyes appears in Wild Indian by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Eli Born. “Some time ago… there was an Ojibwe man who got a little sick and wandered West.” Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.’s debut …

Jewish International Film Festival Returns to the Big Screen

From star-studded features, gripping historical dramas, and stories of iconic Jewish trailblazers and innovators, the Jewish International Film Festival (February 17 – March 24) returns for another year of spectacular Jewish cinema from around the world. Featuring 51 films from 19 countries, the Festival builds on over 30 years of bringing the best of Jewish cinema to Australia, presenting 29 features, 19 documentaries, and episodes …

into:screens’ Top 20 films of 2020

2020 has been a serious ride filled with ups and downs. Cinema on its own had to deal with their own set of challenges as movie theatres all over the world were shut down and studios had to find a way to get their content to the public. Some succeeded, some seriously failed. But what …

Review – ‘BULA’

Not knowing what ‘BULA’ was about, I went in with the lowest of expectations. First feature films can be very hit-or-miss, yet Boris Baum knew exactly how to pull me in and keep me entertained. His directorial effort is nothing short of awe-inspiring, delivering a film that is so extradimensional, yet stays grounded in reality, …

Short Film Review – ‘Five Tiger’

A god-fearing woman finds herself in a transactional relationship as she tries to support her sick husband and daughter. ‘Five Tiger’ (refers to fifty rand – equal to 0.20 USD) takes place in present day South Africa, but transcends any sense of time or location. A woman bites through blood, sweet and tears, while working …

2020 DOC NYC Review – ‘Chasing Childhood’

While watching ‘Chasing Childhood’, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own childhood and upbringing. I’m not the kind of person who judges people’s parenting, but you can definitely notice a shift in behaviour with kids back in the 90s and 00s, and those growing up now. Oh wow, I’ve become one of those people. …

Review – ‘La Nuit des Rois’

The MACA prison is a world with its own codes and laws. The first law is that the Dangôro, the supreme master, rules the prisoners. When the Dangôro falls ill and can no longer govern, he must take his own life. A young man is sent to the MACA prison in the middle of the …

FIFF2020 Review – ‘Jumbo’

My love for neon lights doesn’t go as far as Jeanne’s love for Jumbo, a theme park ride she feels connected to on a romantic level, but as far as coming out stories go, this has to be one of the most unique ones. Jumbo tells the story of Jeanne (Noémie Merlant – ‘Portrait of …