Aug 152014


In this rather unusual documentary, we follow a day, the 20,000th day in the life of UK-based, Australian musician Nick Cave. This day is a construct, one which is representative of Cave’s daily life. We follow him from writing, catch ups with friends, doctors appointments and of course, practice. This was more like a collage or scrapbook than a linear story. Mixed media – audio, photographs, archival footage are blended in with the documentary’s own footage, giving the film an incredibly textured feel.

Cave spends much of the film musing on some of some pretty big ideas – the power of memory, what legacy we leave and what it means to create. It seems like it’s something he spends a long time thinking about, like he is constantly searching for validation or purpose for his art. His thought processes are quite complex, even pained, and once or twice I felt myself getting lost within the depths of his soul. Much like his music, his thoughts are rather intense and brooding at times. Famous friends, bandmates and associates make appearances throughout, though I found that their contribution served mostly to inflate the mystique of Cave, rather than offer any real insight.

Aside from the interesting construct of the film, what I loved was the cinematography and editing. The film was extremely slick and photographed so beautifully by Erik Wilson (The Imposter, The Double, Tyrannosaur), who is fast becoming one of my favourite cinematographers. Jonathon Amos (Attack the Block, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) stitches the various material together expertly, weaving a layered scrapbook to represent Cave’s life.

It makes sense that writer-directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard come from a visual arts background. What they have created here is quite innovative, ions away from a traditional musical documentary or bio-pic.
By Sam McCosh
The Facts

Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Writer(s): Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Nick Cave
Starring: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick
Runtime: 97 minutes
Release date(s): Australia & New Zealand: August 21 2014

Jul 012014

Tim's Vermeer

17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer painted some truly extraordinary works. At a time when photography was yet to be invented, he managed to created photo-real paintings. How was it that he was so ahead of his peers? Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor had a theory. This film is a document of his unbelievable experiment. Review of Tim’s Vermeer after the jump.

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Jun 192014


The Kingdom of Madness and Dreams that the title of the film refers to is the Japanese animation studio known as Studio Ghibli (スタジオジブリ). The home of legendary animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata is a place where magic is made. Take a look into the world of wonder in The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.

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Jun 182014


Winner of the Foxtel Movies Audience Award for best narrative feature went to WINTER SLEEP directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The Foxtel Movies Audience Award for best documentary went to LOVE MARRIAGE IN KABUL directed by Amin Palangi. Festival audience members can rate the films after viewing via the web, app and SMS-based voting systems. These ratings produce the winners for the audience awards.

While I enjoyed Winter Sleep, I am surprised that the 3 hour + Palme d’Or winner won the audience award. It’s a beautiful film but I wouldn’t exactly call it accessible. I did not see Love Marriage in Kabul but I will be sure to keep an eye out for it in the future.

Jun 172014


Matthew Pejkovic (of Matt’s Movie Reviews) and I wrap up the 2014 Sydney Film Festival in this fun and concise chat. We discuss building a festival programme; highs and lows; the official competition; and the expansion of the festival into other corners of Sydney. Listen to the podcast here.

Jun 172014


By the time the curtain dropped on the 61st Sydney Film Festival I had viewed 38 titles from the more than 180 on offer. Epic queues for Events 4, evening subscribers who had made the State their home and the Dendy Opera Quays dash, the festival had them all. My brief round-up of the fest is after the jump.

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Jun 162014


Lurking in the shadows & hiding in plain sight, the vampires of Wellington are an incredibly charming and rather vicious breed. A documentary team are granted protection and are granted special access to the shared house of one such group of vampires. What We Do in the Shadows is the shocking account of what they discover.

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