Australian films

Jasper Jones – 2017 – Rachel Perkins – The Last New Wave

Jasper Jones – 2017 – Rachel Perkins – The Last New Wave

Jasper Jones is Rachel Perkins adaptation of Craig Silvey’s powerful book about racism in 1960’s Australia. Starring Levi Miller, Aaron McGrath, Angourie Rice, Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving, this is a brilliant Australian film. Included in this episode is the audio from the Q&A session that Andrew attended. Please be advised this does contain spoilers. Follow The Last New Wave on ...[Read More]

AB Film Review’s 2016 Film Awards – Part Two – Best Acting, Best Director, Best Script, Worst Films

AB Film Review’s 2016 Film Awards – Part Two – Best Acting, Best Director, Best Script, Worst Films

Part two of our awards swear-a-thon is here. In this one we go through the acting of 2016 and nominate and award those who we feel gave the best performances of the year. We also dish out our Best Director award and Best Script. Also, it wouldn’t be an awards show without running through what we think were the worst films of 2016. The song at the end of this episode is The Drones Boredom. Fo...[Read More]

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Official Trailer and Poster

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Official Trailer and Poster

If it weren’t for David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, this website wouldn’t exist. Plain and simple as that. It’s no secret, but how Bernadette and myself (Andrew) met was through The Movie Show‘s old tan coloured forums where users like tiprat, ogden and pat would post about films and stuff. Thanks to the existence of the show, and the love for the heated discussions tha...[Read More]

Long Weekend – Blu-Ray/DVD Review

Long Weekend – Blu-Ray/DVD Review

Director: Colin Eggleston Cast: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Nature Writer: Everett de Roche If you haven’t seen Long Weekend – a true classic in Australian cinema – then this new Umbrella release is the way to go. One of the stereotypes of Australia as a country is that everything is out to kill you, and within Long Weekend, we see nature doing just that. Granted, the two main characters prett...[Read More]

Best Australian Films of 2016

Best Australian Films of 2016

2016 was another solid year for Australian cinema with some fantastic dramas, comedies and documentaries all being produced by great Australian talent. It was also the year that we decided to launch a second podcast, The Last New Wave, a show that is purely dedicated to covering Australian cinema, both new and old. Australian cinema had another solid year with good attendance, although no film hit...[Read More]

Red Dog: True Blue Review

Red Dog: True Blue Review

How do you make a sequel to a much loved film in which the titular star dies at the end? Even more, how do you make a sequel when the actor who portrayed the titular character has passed away as well? Well, trust director Kriv Stenders and author Louis de Bernieres (by way of screenwriter Daniel Taplitz) to find a way to continue the legacy of the mythical Red Cloud Kelpie from the Pilbara in one ...[Read More]

72 – La La Land, Broke, Queen of Katwe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

72 – La La Land, Broke, Queen of Katwe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

There is no episode more indicative of the quality of this show than this episode right here. There’s bad audio. There’s swearing. Lots of swearing. There’s unexpected spoilers out of nowhere. There’s complaints about how hot it is. There’s an argument. There’s Bernadette telling Andrew he’s a fool. There’s also a double five star rating of a film. A...[Read More]

Interview with Writer/Director/Editor Brian Trenchard-Smith

Interview with Writer/Director/Editor Brian Trenchard-Smith

Welcome to a special episode of The Last New Wave. Andrew was able to sit down and discuss the great career of Brian Trenchard-Smith with the man himself. Starting off with a discussion about his new book – The Headsman’s Daughter – before moving back to where it all began with Brian’s editing of trailers and then moving into directing The Man From Hong Kong. This extensive...[Read More]

67 – Hacksaw Ridge, Girl Asleep, Early Winter, The Confirmation, Blood Father, Wiener-Dog

67 – Hacksaw Ridge, Girl Asleep, Early Winter, The Confirmation, Blood Father, Wiener-Dog

On this episode, we go potential AACTA Award crazy as we cover three Australian films: Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, Cinefest Oz winning Girl Asleep, and the Australian-Canadian co-production Early Winter. We then look at Nebraska writer Bob Nelson’s parable about life, religion and missing tool boxes with The Confirmation. Bernadette takes a look at another Mel Gibson effort – thi...[Read More]

Interview With Early Winter Producer Trish Lake

Interview With Early Winter Producer Trish Lake

In this episode, Andrew interviews Australian producer Trish Lake. Her latest film, Early Winter, is currently screening in Australia with Q&A sessions with writer/director Michael Rowe. In this interview, we discuss the themes of Early Winter as well as go into what inspires Trish as a producer. We also discuss two powerful documentaries that she produced – Frackman and The Burning Seas...[Read More]

A Few Less Men Trailer and Poster Reveal

A Few Less Men Trailer and Poster Reveal

The sequel to the 2011 comedy A Few Best Men has its first trailer out. Picking up where that film left off, A Few Less Men looks to throw a bit more mayhem into the mix, with the men from the original film returning to head off on a trip – which naturally goes horribly wrong. Directed by Mark Lamprell (Goddess, My Mother Frank) and starring Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop, A F...[Read More]

Girl Asleep Review

Girl Asleep Review

One of the ‘classic tales’ that exists in the world of cinema, is that of the young girl who stumbles upon a mystical world that displays a mirrored version of her own. Whether it be Dorothy being transported to the world of Oz with its munchkins and witches in The Wizard of Oz, or Chihiro’s moving house within Spirited Away, different cultures around the world have utilised this motif as a way of...[Read More]