Cannes 2021 Review – Babi Yar. Context

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 …

Review – Witch Hunt

Amendment XI : No person may practice Witchcraft in the United States of America. In present day America, female witches are publicly burned at the stake and considered a danger to the American way. Martha Goode (Elizabeth Mitchell) runs an underground railroad for witches in her house, through a system of signals she provides food …

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? …

Review – Little Joe

Dangerous plants aren’t a new phenomenon in film. Little Shop of Horrors, The Ruins, The Happening, … all star flora with a thirst for blood. But where the aforementioned plants actually want to kill, Little Joe is just trying to manipulate and survive. Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s film tells the story of Alice (Emily Beecham …

Review – Steelers

Eammon Ashton-Atkinson’s documentary about Kings Cross Steelers – the world’s first gay rugby club is a down to earth exploration on sexuality and the misconceptions of masculinity in sports. In Steelers, Australian journalist and amateur rugby player Ashton-Atkinson follows the team as they’re competing for the Bingham Cup in Amsterdam. Three individuals share very different …

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. …

Review – The Tomorrow War

I’m not gonna lie, I was ready to hate on this like there was no tomorrow. Chris Pratt has been “problematic” lately, so why would I waste my time watching him fight aliens for over two hours. Dan Forester (Pratt), a happily married veteran, is ready to celebrate Christmas with the entire neighbourhood when the …

Review – First Date

What’s more frustrating than watching a film that has all the elements to be great, but doesn’t know how to keep it all together and thus kinda goes nowhere. First Date has that problem. When a young guy (Tyson Brown in his feature film debut) finally takes the big step to ask out the girl …