Press Play – Film Review

When the artistic Laura (Clara Rugaard – I Am Mother) meets the love of her life, it seems she’s living the dream, but it all comes crashing down when her vinyl-loving boyfriend suddenly dies. Devastated by her loss, she discovers that the mix-tape they made together can transport her back in time, giving her a …

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 …

Prizefighter – Film Review

Ever since he was a wee lad watching his grandfather Jack Slack (Russell Crowe) pummeling men for money, Jem has wanted to be like him, much to his mother’s dismay. Jack loves Jem and wants him to grow up to be an outstanding man, but to have him follow in his footsteps is a bad …

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 …

The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus – Film Review

In the Afghanistan desert, a group of mercenaries out for treasure complete their greatest heist. Seeking refuge from the hunting Taliban in a nearby cave, they are soon joined by retreating US soldiers, and both groups are trapped within by a rocket explosion at the cave’s entrance. The newly joined parties need to work together …

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, …

Enlightened – The Path To Enlightenment Is To Go Through Hell

Enlightened is a HBO comedy-drama television show that aired between 2011 and 2013 before it was rudely cancelled by the studio. It centres on the character of Amy Jellicoe, played spectacularly by Laura Dern, who has a nervous breakdown at work after being demoted by the boss she’s been having an affair with. Following this …

Dinner in America – Film Review

“Hey, did you turn the cricket’s up?” Simon (Kyle Gallner) isn’t a conventional person. He doesn’t have a job per se but he is willing to put his body through drug testing in order to make a few bucks. After ditching one test, he follows Beth (Hannah Marks) home for dinner and maybe a blowjob. …

Baloney – Film Review

Co-creators Michael Phillis and Rory Davis invite viewers to take a look behind the scenes of their beloved Gay All-Male Revue, BALONEY. While we witness them and their collaborators rehearse for their new show, which premiered just a few weeks before the global pandemic hit, we also get to know the cast a little better. …

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 …