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Interview With Actor Frankie J. Holden

Credits include Clubland and Return Home In a very engaging new Australian film due for release later this month, Frankie J. Holden plays a singer formerly married to…

Romulus, My Father

Review by Jane Freebury I imagine that we all feel privileged when invited to share the intimate details of someone’s childhood, and most especially when the story is…

Noise

Review by Jane Freebury This new Australian film has moved the bar for the local policier several notches higher. Writer/director Matthew Saville is an exciting new feature filmmaker,…

Paris Je t’Aime

Review by Jane Freebury Although it sometimes overplays its hand, this is an ode to an iconic city which says most visitors find some romance at least. The…

As It Is In Heaven

Review by © Jane Freebury It’s hard not to think of the figure of Ingmar Bergman towering over Swedish cinema still, especially when you see a configuration of…

Razzle Dazzle

Review by Jane Freebury Catering to backstage mums with big aspirations would have to be one of the hardest jobs around, even worse than being a portaloo cleaner,…

Pan’s Labyrinth

Review by Jane Freebury If the point of fairy tales is to frighten small children into doing as they’re told or the bogeyman will get them, then this…

Babel

Review by © Jane Freebury This international story takes place over a few days, linking locations deep in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the desert and towns…

Hunt Angels

Review by Jane Freebury It’s good to see Ben Mendelssohn return to the big screen in Hunt Angels as he’s mostly been in television since his last local…

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Review by © Jane Freebury There’s nothing to feel too uneasy about when Borat opens the show from ‘home’ in Kazakhstan. Even if the people of the Romanian…

Suburban Mayhem

Review by Jane Freebury If you just closed your eyes and listened to the blonde in black bustier, nails like bloodied talons and killer stilettos, there’d be time…

Little Miss Sunshine

Review by © Jane Freebury Dysfunctional families are a dime a dozen on screen nowadays. Then, just when you think the movies have milked all they can from…

The Devil Wears Prada

Review by © Jane Freebury There are some delicious put-downs lines in this movie, but you have to listen closely to hear them. They’re mostly spoken sotto voce…

Macbeth

Review by Jane Freebury The stories behind the infamous gangland murders in Melbourne are worth a movie or two in their own right and hardly need the overlay…

Kenny

Review by Jane Freebury Shit happens. Kenny and his crew know all about that, because their jobs depend on it. Kenny (Shane Jacobson) half-heartedly tries to pass himself…

Jindabyne

Review by Jane Freebury It would be interesting to see what director Ray Lawrence could do with a genre thriller, because he is a master of suspense. The…

Interview With Writer/Director Deepa Mehta

Credits include Water; Earth; Fire; and Midnight’s Children Over the phone her voice came across as authoritative, warm and good-humoured during our interview earlier this month. It was…

The Proposition

Review by Jane Freebury It’s said that one of the reasons Hollywood has snapped up Australian cinematographers to shoot movies like Dances with Wolves, Chicago and Cold Mountain,…

Last Days

Review by © Jane Freebury Clambering through leafy woods and taking a dip in a mountain stream is not what you’d expect a drug addled rock star to…

Little Fish

Review by Jane Freebury Little Fish heralds the very welcome return of two talented Aussies to the big screen in a fine Australian film. Cate Blanchett needs no…