australian cinema

Australia’s First LGBTIQ Film to Be Released by Bounty Films

Australia’s First LGBTIQ Film to Be Released by Bounty Films

This right here is exciting news. Bounty Films – the Australian company who has released a wide array of LGBTIQ films, amongst many other lesser known flicks – are staking helping bring history back to life with the re-release of Australia’s first LGBTIQ film, The Set. Based on an unpublished book by the great Roger Ward (Mad Max, Turkey Shoot), this film caused a stir way back i...[Read More]

AACTA and the Australian Cinema Conundrum

AACTA and the Australian Cinema Conundrum

So, the 7th annual AACTA Awards ceremony came and went. The ceremony was spread out over two days, with a delayed screening running on Channel 7, followed by a repeat screening to be run on Foxtel at a later date. For those following the game, they would have been well aware of the fact that Australian cinemas night of nights was occurring. However, for the general public, this particular awards c...[Read More]

Three Summers Review

Three Summers Review

Let’s get the poster quote out of the way to start off with – Three Summers is one of the best films of the year. It’s a hilarious celebration of life and community, all fuelled by an exciting, toe tapping soundtrack. The glorious South West of Australia has never looked so inviting and beautiful. And for those who exit this film wishing that the fictional Westival music festival was a real event,...[Read More]

Umbrella Entertainment November 2017 Releases

Umbrella Entertainment November 2017 Releases

Another month, another bundle of essential Umbrella Entertainment releases. Where we’ve reviewed notable releases from Umbrella throughout the year, we can’t review them all. So, with that in mind, this new column is simply one to showcase the new releases from Umbrella for that month. Keep an eye out for these on the first of each month going forward. (We are not paid by Umbrella to p...[Read More]

Nominees Announced For The 7th AACTA Awards

Nominees Announced For The 7th AACTA Awards

It’s that time of year again, the 7th annual AACTA award nominations have been announced. As per usual, it’s a pretty exciting lineup of announcements. Taking the lead with 12 nominations is Garth Davis’ feature debut Lion. A record 17 feature films have been nominated this year, which is great to see. Lion goes up against Ali’s Wedding, Berlin Syndrome, Hounds of Love and ...[Read More]

Not Quite Hollywood Blu-Ray Review

Not Quite Hollywood Blu-Ray Review

Mark Hartley’s essential Not Quite Hollywood came at a point in Australian cinema history when it seemed like the faith in the Australian film industry was waning. In the early 2000’s, the quality of Australian cinema was waning – that’s not to say that there weren’t quality Australian films, it’s just that the excitement for Australian cinema felt lacking. In 2008, Not Quite Hollywood exploded on...[Read More]

Red Christmas Review

Red Christmas Review

In the world of Australian cinema, there is a great dearth of Christmas related films. The last true ‘Christmas’ film, Crackers, hit in 1998, meanwhile the last major film that was set around Christmas time hit in 2005 with The Proposition. Craig Anderson has decided to stoke the embers and rage that Aussie Christmas fire once more with his horror flick, Red Christmas. Now, given the dry summers w...[Read More]

Babe: Pig in the City – 1998 – George Miller – The Last New Wave

Babe: Pig in the City – 1998 – George Miller – The Last New Wave

George Miller’s classic pig flick Babe: Pig in the City gets a thorough discussion with Michael Denniston from Following Films. Babe: Pig in the City is one of the great Australian animal films, and one that certainly pushes your emotional buttons in every way. As the follow up to the Best Picture nominee Babe, Babe: Pig in the City is a film full of intricate characters and themes. Listen t...[Read More]

Australia Day Review

Australia Day Review

Oh boy. Workaholic director Kriv Stenders and first time feature film writer Stephen M. Irwin have teamed up to whitesplain to Australia how racist it is. Thanks. If you don’t live under a rock, you’ll no doubt be well aware that the issue of racism refuses to remove its ugly head from modern societies around the world. The caustic issue has snowballed to include other forms of discrimination, suc...[Read More]

Bad Blood Review

Bad Blood Review

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A crime writer (Xavier Samuel) is stalked by an unknown figure. He has a dark secret that he’s keeping from his fiancé, one that if it were let out his world would be shaken to its core. His previous book, Die Softly, is based on the murder of his wife. There’s a possibility that a long lost sibling may be involved. If it all sounds wannabe Stephen King, th...[Read More]

Not Quite Hollywood Director Mark Hartley Interview – The Last New Wave

Not Quite Hollywood Director Mark Hartley Interview – The Last New Wave

Umbrella Entertainment have once again come out with an essential Bluray release of a great Australian film. This time, it’s Mark Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood. Andrew caught up with Mark to discuss his documentary and find out about the research that went in to making an exhaustive film about a great period of Australian cinema. Make sure to pick up the Bluray from Umbrella right here...[Read More]