2019 AFCA Awards and Film Criticism

On February 15th at The Backlot Theatre in Melbourne, the 2019 Australian Film Critic Association awards were handed out. Heading into the ceremony, Sweet Country lead the pack with nine nominations, and at th...
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The Combination Redemption Review

At the core of David Field’s The Combination Redemption is a performance by Taylor Wiese that is conjured from the guts of hell itself. All muscles and beard, Wiese’s Bryan is a gut churning echo of the violen...
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The Chain Reaction Review

Steve Bisley. A name I would generally associate with only Water Rats. Maybe, just maybe I might think of Mad Max or Red Hill. But generally, if you said to me, “remember Steve Bisley”? I would reply with, “th...
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The Combination Review

Watching David Field’s The Combination over ten years after its released, it’s difficult to see exactly why this film was as contentious as it was when it first landed. This isn’t to say that a film about Leba...

The Top End Wedding Trailer is Here!

I spent most of 2018 going on about how great Sweet Country was, and was looking at the roster for Australian films in 2019 and seeing a huge wealth of brilliant work coming up - The Nightingale, I&n...
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Storm Boy Review

This review will contain spoilers. In the year 2019, Colin Thiele’s classic novella, Storm Boy, will be celebrating its 55th anniversary. To honour this momentous occasion, there has been a video game relea...

Andrew’s Top 50 Films of 2018

Best of lists are always strange beasts. We sift through a year of ‘stuff’ trying to find value and quality, only to put it in some kind of arbitrary order. These lists always play like a competition – where y...
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Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em Review

When the rest of the world was making Threads, Miracle Mile and The Day After, Australia was busy making Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em. Writer/director Ray Boseley plugs in the amp, loads up the bong, and turns ...

Hotel Mumbai Trailer Has Arrived

Hotel Mumbai is a film that's high up on the 'must see' list for 2018. The Curb's Travis Akbar saw the film at the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival and gave it a perfect score, saying that: Hotel Mumbai engages...