Sep 132013

The final say of SUFF saw the temperature drop and Sydney and made me wish that there was a coffee cart at the festival (that’s my #1 wishlist item for next year). However since I had four films back-to-back, there wasn’t a lot of time out of the cinema. After the jump check out my thoughts on A Band Called Death, Unlawful Killing, The Final Member and The Canyons.

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Sep 112013

The fourth annual Indie Gems Film Festival launches Thursday 12th September at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. The festival showcases both local and international independent cinema over three days, 12th to 14th September.

Opening night of the Festival will feature the powerful documentary Pharaoh vs the Egyptians, directed by well-known Australian comedian, Akmal Saleh. Egyptian-born, Akmal returns to Egypt to explore how the people risked
their lives in order to protest against decades of oppression and overthrow a dictator in rule for over 30 years.

Other highlights of the Festival program include the Cambodian short documentary by Academy Award winning
filmmaker Cynthia Wade, Born Sweet, and the multiple award-winning documentary I am Eleven by Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey who traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose an insightful and funny portrait of childhood.

Closing night of the Festival will feature Gossip Nation, the first Nollywood (Nigerian cinema) film produced in
Australia, which follows the conflicts and dramas of a community of African immigrants and refugees that have settled in Blacktown.

Rounding out the Festival’s program will be a number of networking events, Q&A sessions with directors, a student
film competition and a panel discussion on the future of the film industry.

WHEN: 12 – 14 September, 2013

WHERE: Riverside Theatre – Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta

TICKETS: Available online or from the Box Office: 02 8839 3399

Sep 112013

IMAX Darling Harbour will release Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark for a strictly limited season from 19th September.

For the first time ever, Indiana Jones fans can see the iconic 1981 film digitally remastered and shown on the giant IMAX Sydney screen which measures 29.7m high by 35.7m wide.

Indiana Jones, archaeology professor and swashbuckling adventurer, has unearthed many an ancient treasure. But now the very future of the world depends on his finding one specific relic. With a bullwhip in his hand, Jones journeys from Nepal and Cairo to the Mediterranean, dodging poisons, traps and snakes, battling rivals old and new, all in pursuit of an ancient artifact said to give invincible power to its possessor. It’s a battle to a startling finish, a finish dictated by the magic, the light — and the power — of the Lost Ark.

We have three double passes to give away, so you can experience the awesome of Indy at IMAX

For your chance to WIN simply tell us in 25 words or less who your favourite big-screen hero is? Send all answers, along with your name and postal address to by 10pm on Monday 16 September 2013. Please note these tickets are valid for IMAX Darling Harbour only.
Check out the terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.

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Sep 092013


Saturday saw temperatures of almost 30C in Sydney, which was ideal for enjoying beers between films on day 3 of the Sydney Underground Film Festival. I caught three films on day 3 – Documentaries Unhung Hero and Adjust Your Tracking and Birdemic: Shock and Terror, which was accompanied by a game of ‘best worst movie bingo’. My thoughts on all 3 films, after the jump.

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Sep 082013

Woody Allen (although through genuine sadness), once again tells a story from the basis of a joke, to which Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine is unaware of; “At a cocktail party, one woman said to another, ‘Aren’t you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?’ The other replied, ‘Yes, I am, I married the wrong man.” The joke is concise, the punch line effective, yet why aren’t we laughing? My review of Blue Jasmine after the jump.
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Sep 072013

The Sydney Underground Film Festival is a fantastic event which brings weird, wonderful, challenging and sometimes controversial cinema to Sydney’s inner west. This year I plan on checking out 10 films + enjoying some of the food, drink and entertainment that comes along with the fest. I’ve decided to record my thoughts on the films and the festival in a 3-part diary – Days 1&2, Day 3 and Day 4. Check out the first entry after the jump.

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Sep 042013

The 17th Japanese Film Festival programme has been announced and for the first time in the festival’s history, the programme is a national one. 12 of the latest box office hits plus 5 classics will tour all 5 cities: Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.

The festival will open with The Great Passagea celebration of a vision to create the best Japanese dictionary starring two of Japan’s leading actors, Ryuhei Matsuda and Aoi Miyazaki. Closing the festival is the warm-hearted drama Fruits of Faith, a film which perfectly captures the Japanese spirit of dedication in the quest for the perfect and near impossible organic apple crop. The film is based on a true story and bestselling novel.

Other highlights include:

*The live-action adaptation of Tatsunoko’s classic anime Gatchaman (also known as Battle of the Planets/G-Force)

*Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods, featuring the legendary voice of Masakazu Morita (Bleach, Tiger & Bunny, One Piece).

*The Complex – the first horror film in almost a decade from director Hideo Nakata (The Ring)

*Kiyoshi Kurosawa blurs the line between subconscious and reality in spine-chiller Real. The film is screening at both TIFF & NYFF

*The God of Ramen tells the story of charismatic noodle shop owner Kazuo Yamagishi. See why customer’s queued regularly for over two hours a day for a bowl of ramen.

A free abridged program traveling to regional cities Broome (17 – 18 September), Townsville (26 October), Hobart (13, 14 & 16 October), Cairns (3 November) and Darwin (TBC) include titles from the 2012 major city line-up including Arrietty, A Ghost of a Chance and A Boy & His Samurai.


Major city festival dates and locations
BRISBANE: 16 – 20 October Events Cinema Brisbane Myer Centre
PERTH: 23 – 27 October Hoyts Westfield Carousel & State Library Theatre
CANBERRA: 30 October – 3 November Capital Cinema Manuka
SYDNEY: 14 – 24 November Event Cinemas George Street
MELBOURNE: 28 November – 8 December Hoyts Melbourne Central & ACMI Cinemas, Australian
Centre for the Moving Image

For more information visit the festival website: and follow the festival goodness on Twitter: @japanfilmfest / #jff17


Sep 032013


Spring is typically a slower time for movies in this neck of the woods. The blockbuster season has passed, and it’s generally too early for films that première at Venice or Toronto to get a release. Despite that, there are still plenty of films to get excited about. After the jump, check out the 6 films I am most looking forward to seeing this Spring.

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