Medusa – Film Review | Cannes 2021

Under cover of darkness, faces hidden by white masks and with God’s vengeful hand at their side, a group of psychotic sociopaths roam through the streets in search of loose women and beat them within an inch of their lives unless they agree into joining them as they travel to the kingdom of righteousness. Lead …

Olga – Film Review | Cannes 2021

Ukrainian gymnast Olga (Anastasia Budiashkina) finds herself exiled to Switzerland as she trains for the regional Olympics team while the 2013 Euromaidan revolts erupt in her country. Faced with the impossible choice to return home or continue competing, Olga must muster the strength needed to carry on fighting for her homeland, her family, and herself. …

La Civil – Film Review | Cannes 2021

Things were seemingly quiet one morning in Northern Mexico for a divorced mother and her daughter. That is until Cielo (Arcelia Ramírez) is run off the road by two gang members who demand a heavy ransom from her and her ex-husband – that is if she ever wants to see Laura again. Unable to come …

Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

“All of my friends and colleagues who have contracted HIV are dying. How can I help?” High school friends, Ric Weiland, Bill Gates, and Paul Allen took their collective love of computers and technology and went on to work together at Microsoft. By day, Ric was a programmer and developer who took pride in what …

By Rook or Left Hook: The Story of Chessboxing – Film Review | MDFF 2021

The Ultimate Alpha Male Sport It’s the perfect combination of brains, brawn and strategy. Two opponents step into the ring and they begin an 11 round match alternating between 3 minutes of playing chess and 3 minutes of boxing. You can win either by KO, TKO, or checkmate (or you run out of time). Invented …

Babi Yar. Context – Film Review | Cannes 2021

Sergey Loznitsa’s prodigious documentary meticulously reconstructs the months before and years after the Babi Yar massacre. The archival footage is incredibly restored but harrowing to witness. The extent of the horrific actions during WWII, orchestrated by Hitler and Nazi Germany, still baffle me to this day. I had never heard of their actions in Kiev …

MDFF 2021 Review – Australia Burns… Silence of the Land

Mother Nature is pissed off. From July 2019 til early 2020 most of Australia was on fire. Firefighters worked tirelessly to put the fires out, but had the elements working against them. Gusting winds and dry conditions made things worse and over 44 million acres burned, 34 people died and an estimated 1 1 billion …

German Film Festival 2021 – The Space Between the Lines

Sending a seemingly simple cancellation email lands Emma (Nora Tschirner) into the inbox of Leo (Alexander Fehling), a nonchalant linguist who is looking for a connection after the recent separation from his girlfriend, Marlene (Claudia Eisinger). Lighthearted banter turns into something deeper as Emma and Leo are forced to walk the line between playful conversations …

Doc Edge Festival 2021 Review – The Taste of Desire

Interweaving the stories of six individuals from across the globe, the film making team behind The Taste of Desire surprisingly crafts a poignant narrative about human desire and mortality. You wouldn’t normally think a documentary about oysters could at all be interesting. What is there to really tell without it becoming a marine biology lesson? …

Doc Edge Festival 2021 Review – The Gig Is Up

As if ripped from the headlines, The Gig Is Up unapologetically explores and exposes the “gig economy” – a way in which to make money by performing request-based jobs. From every corner of the globe, gig workers, and the companies that “employ” them, have transformed the very essence of convenience into a frighteningly exploitative practice. …