Jun 102015
 

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It’s been a massive day, but now we’ve passed the halfway point of the festival, with just five days remaining. Daytime subscribers saw four more films, including two competition entries. Let’s jump straight in. The day began once again with a documentary.

Fair warning: I was completely ignorant of Zimbabwean politics going into the first film, so I am likely to have gotten some details wrong.

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Jun 092015
 

songofthesea

Imagine my surprise when I walked into the State Theatre this morning to find it swarming with children. I’d forgotten that our animated film today would be one of the only sessions at the whole festival which allows entry by under-18s. The kids were better behaved than their parents, with one mother needing to be told off towards the end of the film for taking multiple photos of the screen.

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Jun 082015
 

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Day four has come and gone, with two films for subscribers’ viewing pleasure. As a big fan of THE CASTLE, I was a little disappointed to see that Michael Caton didn’t make an appearance for the second screening of LAST CAB TO DARWIN. In fact, while we’ve had a few guests pop in to introduce films, I still haven’t been to a single post-screening Q+A session, during either my daytime sessions or the extra films I’ve been sneaking in on the side. It’s my first year using a daytime pass, so I’m not sure if that’s the norm or if this year has just been a little quiet on the Q+A front. On to the films.

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Jun 072015
 

love&mercy

Paul Dano and John Cusack star as Brian Wilson; each actor portraying the Beach Boys musician at a crucial time in his life. This is not a conventional biopic. Here memories and sounds and woven between events, creating a film which is more about getting inside Brian’s head, than following major life and career events. Love & Mercy is reviewed after the jump.

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Jun 072015
 

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The winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and of the Sinofsky Prize for Best Feature Documentary (named after the late Bruce Sinofsky, Paradise Lost Trilogy) at the Montclair Film Festival, the Chad Garcia directed The Russian Woodpecker is a tremendous paranoid thriller – the sensory-charged chronicle of an obsessive and personal investigation that takes its subject to the front lines of a revolution.

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