TIFF20 Review – ‘Penguin Bloom’

Based on a true story, ‘Penguin Bloom‘ tells the story of Sam Bloom, who after suffering a traumatic accident finds herself searching for a reason to live. “If I can’t be a mother, then what am I?!“, she says with tears in her eyes. Glendyn Ivin‘s crowdpleasing tearjerker paints a portrait of a family overcoming […]

Darwin International Film Festival 2020: TAKE ONE Announces September Program

From Australian classics, to Academy Award-nominated flicks and experimental gems, the Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF) returns with DIFF 2020: Take One this September 18—27. Taking place at Darwin’s glorious outdoor venue, Deckchair Cinema, the DIFF 2020: Take One program is made up of 17 films, with 10 curated from the last decade of DIFF, a retrospective of 4 Australian cult […]

Review – ‘Babyteeth’

The film literally opens with the image of a babytooth slowly sinking to the bottom of a glass full of water. A shot that comes back in the final ten minutes of the film, translating to the protagonist’s loss of innocence and so much more. Babyteeth tackles a range of weighty subjects, and how this […]

Netflix Review – ‘Stateless’

‘Stateless‘ is a powerful and timely series about four strangers whose lives collide at an immigration detention center in the middle of the Australian desert: an airline hostess on the run from a dangerous cult, an Afghan refugee and his family fleeing persecution, a young father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat running out of time […]

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Can Art Stop a Bullet’

William Kelly, artist and peace activist, has been called the ‘moral conscience’ of Australian Art. For him there’s no line between life and art. Can Art Stop a Bullet is a documentary about the man himself and centered around an art piece he’s making for the State Library of Victoria. The film explores the connections between […]

Sydney South African Film Festival goes national with virtual 2020 program

Tickets on sale now! The Sydney South African Film Festival (SSAFF) is one of Australia’s first festivals to go online in 2020. The Festival will screen nationwide from 16 to 26 May, with four feature films, four documentaries and one short. Q&A-sessions and interviews with the directors are planned to run in conjunction with the films. All […]

Review – ‘Hostage’ (1983)

Umbrella Entertainment is bringing back Frank Shields‘ (The Breaker) ’80s cult classic ‘Hostage‘. Not only is this version restored so it can be viewed in glorious 4K, this is also a slightly longer director’s cut of the film, based on the incredible, yet terrifying true story of Christine Maresch (Kerry Mack – The Lancaster Miller […]

Stan Originals Review – ‘The Commons: Season 1’

Set in a very familiar future, the Stan Original Series The Commons is a gripping character-driven relationship drama and a story about motherhood as the ultimate act of faith in humanity. If it wasn’t for the futuristic technicalities, this somewhat too frighteningly realistic series could take place in today’s Sydney, going through climate change. Taking us into a […]

JIFF Review – ‘What Will Become of Us’

“I have spent my entire life building this company.” – Frank Lowy Oscar-nominated documentarian Steven Cantor brings us a personal behind-the-scenes look into Frank Lowy‘s life. Lowy, the Sydneysider who founded the global shopping mall giant Westfield has been on the top of his game ever since he first opened a store in Blacktown, Australia, […]

Review – ‘Emu Runner’

“Nature can mend even the most broken heart” Emu Runner is a story about a nine-year-old Indigenous girl, Gem Daniels (Rhae-Kye Waites), who lives in a remote Australian town. As she copes with her mother’s unexpected death, Gem finds solace in the company of a wild emu, unwittingly connecting with her mother’s traditional totem animal. […]