australian cinema

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]

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Review

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Review

I’m not sure where to begin with this, so will just dump my thoughts on paper and go from there. In fact, I really wish I’d taken pen and paper to the cinema for this. Not that I’d anticipated reviewing it in this way, but it did so much more, and gave me so much more than I was anticipating, so now I feel compelled to do this… ain’t cinema grand the way it does that to you… Not always, but ...[Read More]

Storm Boy – 1976 – Henri Safran – The Last New Wave

Storm Boy – 1976 – Henri Safran – The Last New Wave

The classic Australian kids film, Storm Boy, gets a deep dive on this episode with a new guest – Ben Kooyman. Henri Safran’s classic is a powerful, important film about a young boy and his relationship with a pelican that he helps raise. In this episode we talk about the history of Storm Boy, where it stands in the the Australian New Wave period and discuss David Gulpilil’s caree...[Read More]

Teenage Kicks Writer/Director Craig Boreham Interview – The Last New Wave

Teenage Kicks Writer/Director Craig Boreham Interview – The Last New Wave

Teenage Kicks is a powerful, impressive feature film debut from writer/director Craig Boreham. Craig cut his teeth on short films and has established himself as one of the great voices of LGBTIQ cinema in Australia. In this interview, Craig talks about the creation of the film as well as the working process with actor Miles Szanto. Teenage Kicks will be hitting the Iris Prize Festival in the UK in...[Read More]

Zelos Review

Zelos Review

Love it or hate it, the mumblecore movement of filmmaking in America has certainly spawned an impressive array of brilliant artists such as Greta Gerwig and the Duplass brothers. The ‘genre’ also aims to explore many modern day issues that seem to plague thirty-somethings as they progress in society. One such issue is explored in the Australian film Zelos – namely, what do you do when your partner...[Read More]

85 – mother!, Ali’s Wedding, Girls Trip, It Comes at Night, Zelos

85 – mother!, Ali’s Wedding, Girls Trip, It Comes at Night, Zelos

Parental and relationship issues are abound in this episode where we cover Darren Aronofsky’s latest horror mind trip, mother! We take it down a notch with the great Australian romantic comedy, Ali’s Wedding. Four women descend on New Orleans for raucous fun in the hilarious comedy Girls Trip. We lean in hard on the spoilers with Trey Edward Shults controversial It Comes at Night. And ...[Read More]

Zelos Director Jo-Anne Brechin Interview – The Last New Wave

Zelos Director Jo-Anne Brechin Interview – The Last New Wave

Continuing on from our interview with Zelos writer Claire J. Harris, we now turn to the director – Jo-Anne Brechin. In this interview, Andrew chats to Jo-Anne about what goes in to the directing side of a film like Zelos. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for Zelos to keep up to date as to where and when the film is screening around Australia. Listen to Andrew’s interview with writer Cl...[Read More]

Zelos Writer Claire J. Harris Interview – The Last New Wave

Zelos Writer Claire J. Harris Interview – The Last New Wave

It’s Zelos week on The Last New Wave as we bring the first of two interviews with the minds behind the film. In the first of the two interviews, Andrew caught up with writer Claire J. Harris to discuss how this independent film about infidelity came about and how the process to getting it made occurred. Keep an eye out for an interview with director Jo-Anne Brechin in the next day or two. An...[Read More]

Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country Arrives With Its First Trailer

Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country Arrives With Its First Trailer

Director Warwick Thornton has been quiet for a few years, but it appears that he’s determined to take 2017 for himself. His documentary We Don’t Need a Map landed at the Sydney Film Festival, and his new film, Sweet Country, arrived at the Venice Film Festival, gaining stellar reviews. For those who weren’t lucky enough to be at the Venice Film Festival, fear not – Sweet Co...[Read More]