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 …

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 – 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. …

Doc Edge Festival 2021 Review – YOU ARE NOT A SOLDIER

How much destruction do you need before you claim victory? Andre Liohn is a Brazilian war photojournalist and father who is trying to find a balance in his life where he can both raise his children and expose the horrors of war, beginning in 2011, covering the Libyan Civil war and continuing through the summer …

Doc Edge Festival 2021 Review – 100UP

Age is just a number. Some people are fortunate enough to live long and healthy lives and few rarely get to tell their story. Whether they are a retired sex therapist, a drummer from a girl band, a Peruvian doctor, or an Austrian refugee, 100UP is a sweet film that follows several centenarians that give …

Review – Super Frenchie

Super Frenchie provides an intimate look at the life of professional skier and BASE jumper Matthias Giraud, who stops at nothing to pursue his passion for adventure. The film follows Matthias as he dares ever more dangerous stunts while simultaneously falling in love and starting a family. When he crashes during a daredevil-stunt right before …

Doc Edge Festival 2021 Review – The Rossellinis

Alessandro Rossellini was a teenager when his grandfather, filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, died suddenly of a heart attack. Forty some odd years later, he decided to make a documentary about the burden that came from being part of an entertainment dynasty and how that can screw with a person. Alessandro is the only child of Renzo …