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Best Australian Films of 2017

Best Australian Films of 2017

2017, just like 2016 before it, was another stellar year for Australian cinema with a bunch of truly superb films. The quality was stretched across theatrical and streaming, with some of my top 20 films having only being viewed by festival audiences. Without going on too long, I have to say that 2017 was a truly great year in getting to explore smaller Australian films, and has given me increased ...[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]

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]

Lion Review

Lion Review

It’s very easy for an inspirational true story to be translated into a film in a very preachy, sentimental manner. Boost the manipulative score at the right moments, implement a voice over to help convey the otherwise unapparent character emotions, close the film with a crowd inspiring speech. Roll credits. These sorts of stories are inspirational for a reason – they’re anomalies within the world ...[Read More]

Interview with Saroo and Sue Brierley – Inspirations for the Film Lion

Interview with Saroo and Sue Brierley – Inspirations for the Film Lion

On this special episode of The Last New Wave, I was able to sit down with Saroo and Sue Brierley, the people who have inspired the Garth Davis directed film Lion. In this interview we discuss how Saroo’s inspirational story was transferred to the screen, as well as discussing the importance of adoption in Australia. This interview was recorded in the Outdoor section of Luna Leederville, so t...[Read More]

Lion Producers and Distributors Launch #LionHeart Campaign to Help 80,000 Missing Children in India

Lion Producers and Distributors Launch #LionHeart Campaign to Help 80,000 Missing Children in India

Lion is a stunning, powerful film about the true story of Saroo Brierly who after a series of events was separated from his family. Dev Patel delivers a career best performance that is equally matched by new comer Sunny Pawar as the young Saroo. Both Bernadette and I thoroughly loved the film and can’t recommend it more. With that in mind, it’s great to hear that the producers of the f...[Read More]

71 – Lion, I, Daniel Blake, Southside With You, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, 24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters

71 – Lion, I, Daniel Blake, Southside With You, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, 24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters

It’s a bit of a somber episode this one as we cover a few sad films – specifically, Lion and I, Daniel Blake. And then we get a little sadder as we lament the end of President Obama’s running of America with a look at his and Michelle’s first date in Southside With You. There’s something strange about a body with not physical signs of death in The Autopsy of Jane Doe....[Read More]