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 […]

Review – ‘Blood Vessel’

‘Blood Vessel‘ – what a terrific title! Not a first in its kind when it comes to ghost ships nor Nazi-horror, it tries to combine the two for a rather original but unsatisfying take on this horror sub-genre. Near the end of World War II, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship cling to life […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Review – Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

‘A true story of ordinary boys who become extraordinary men.’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan tells the story of a group of Australian troops in Vietnam. It’s 1966, Major Smith (Travis Fimmel) is tired of taking care of (mostly) teenage soldiers, and requests to be transferred. His officer (Richard Roxburgh) denies this request and sends […]