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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]

Six Months to Salvation Director Lorenzo Benitez Interview – The Last New Wave

Six Months to Salvation Director Lorenzo Benitez Interview – The Last New Wave

On this episode, Andrew interviews director Lorenzo Benitez about his film Six Months to Salvation. Focusing on Lorenzo and six other volunteer English teachers from Australia, Six Months to Salvation looks at the effects of teaching English in a country where it is not the main language. It asks – what does that do to ones culture? Lorenzo has made his film available on Vimeo to watch for f...[Read More]

84 – Dunkirk, The Big Sick, First Girl I Loved, Chicken People, Tickling Giants

84 – Dunkirk, The Big Sick, First Girl I Loved, Chicken People, Tickling Giants

Chickens, World War II, satire, religious beliefs and sexuality are all discussed on this episode as we leap in to some of the bigger films of the year, and some of the quieter films of the year. Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk tests our spirits, while The Big Sick tries to lift them back up again. It seems everybody slept on the great First Girl I Loved and we put forward a case why yo...[Read More]

Something Quite Peculiar Interview with Director and Producer Team Mike and Patti Brook – The Last New Wave

Something Quite Peculiar Interview with Director and Producer Team Mike and Patti Brook – The Last New Wave

On this episode Andrew invites director/editor Mike Brook and his sister and producer/narrator Patti Brook in to his home to discuss their documentary, Something Quite Peculiar: The Life and Times of Steve Kilbey. This is fascinating documentary that looks at the iconic voice behind one of Australia’s greatest songs – Under the Milky Way. It questions the role of the artist in relation...[Read More]

Morgana Documentary Active on Kickstarter RIGHT NOW

Morgana Documentary Active on Kickstarter RIGHT NOW

Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but… the documentary Morgana is active on Kickstarter right now and at time of hitting ‘publish’ there are nine days left to support this great looking documentary. Supporting independent film is one of the best things you can do as a film watcher. Add the fact that this is an Australian film as well and there’s the extra brownie points y...[Read More]

Secrets at Sunrise Director Jennene Riggs Interview – The Last New Wave

Secrets at Sunrise Director Jennene Riggs Interview – The Last New Wave

Secrets at Sunrise is a documentary about the critically endangered Western Ground Parrot and the people who work tirelessly to work to conserve the parrot and the bio-diverse environment they live in in the South West of Western Australia. Andrew caught up with director Jennene Riggs to discuss her documentary and the work that went in to gathering the footage for it. To find out more about what ...[Read More]

Safari Review

Safari Review

What is the image that comes up in your mind when you think of safari hunters? A white man with a large gun standing next to a fallen beast? Maybe they’re dressed in camouflage with a smile on their face. The sight of them may twist your stomach and cause your palms to sweat. Odds are if you’re an animal lover, you’ve probably signed an online petition or two demanding the cessation of hunting res...[Read More]

Spookers Review

Spookers Review

Let’s get this out of the way first up – Florian Habicht’s documentary Spookers is the best documentary in 2017. It’s been a great year for documentaries, but this film about the most successful scare house in New Zealand is – for me at least – right up there as being one of the best films of the year. The most enjoyable opening credit sequence in years has the staff of Spookers holding up gravest...[Read More]

82 – Una, I Am Not Your Negro, Lovesong, Becoming Bond, Revelation Film Festival, Emmy Awards

82 – Una, I Am Not Your Negro, Lovesong, Becoming Bond, Revelation Film Festival, Emmy Awards

In a longer than usual episode, we cover a few topical films – Una with Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara, the words of James Baldwin in I Am Not Your Negro, friendship and love in Lovesong and Australia’s James Bond in Becoming Bond. Andrew runs down what films he caught at this years Revelation Film Festival and Bernadette reluctantly runs down her predictions for this years Emmy Awards...[Read More]

Meal Tickets Director Mat De Koning Interview – The Last New Wave

Meal Tickets Director Mat De Koning Interview – The Last New Wave

Meal Tickets is one of the best Australian films of the year. Director Mat De Koning spent 10 years collating footage for this story about Perth band Screwtop Detonators and then combining it into a 90 minute feature about hope, dreams and kick ass music. I gave it a huge four and a half out of five in my review (here), and can’t recommend checking it out while it screens at Revelation Film ...[Read More]

Revelation Film Festival – 20 Years of Unique Films

Revelation Film Festival – 20 Years of Unique Films

Based in just about the middle of nowhere is the Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town that is Perth. We’re technically the most isolated city in the world, with some of our biggest claims to fame being the birthplace of Heath Ledger and the place that Beatrix Kiddo wanted to move to after she got married. Besides that, my hometown Perth, is also the home of arguably one of the great film festivals that th...[Read More]