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Review | Documentary thriller ‘Navalny’ must-see at Rev Film Fest

Review | Documentary thriller ‘Navalny’ must-see at Rev Film Fest

Navalny | Dir: Daniel Roher | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  The poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny made the news all around the world. In August 2020, the outspoken Navalny, who is the only real challenger to Putin, was flying from Siberia back to Moscow when he became violently ill. The plane made a detour to […]

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Review | ‘The Kitchen Brigade’ share community and culture on a plate

Review | ‘The Kitchen Brigade’ share community and culture on a plate

The Kitchen Brigade | Dir: Louis-Julien Petit | ★ ★ ★ ★  Cathy Marie (Audrey Lamy) and Fatoumata (Fatoumata Kaba) are best friends but they are completely different. Forty year-old Cathy is a well-known sous chef with a signature dish to her name, while the much younger Fatou (who is played by a social media star with […]

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‘Joyland’ wins the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival

‘Joyland’ wins the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival

In Joyland, a new film from Pakistani director Saim Sadiq, the protagonist is a young man who is under pressure from his family to produce a son with his wife. Instead he joins an erotic dance company and a falls for the troupe’s transgender director. The taboo-breaking film is the first film from Pakistan to be […]

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Virtual Indigenous Film Festival returns for Reconciliation Week

Virtual Indigenous Film Festival returns for Reconciliation Week

The Virtual Indigenous Film Festival (VIFF) is now screening, marking Reconciliation Week across the country. The festival’s aim is to showcase First Nations stories and voices, and spark conversations about how we can all contribute to Reconciliation in Australia. The fourth annual festival features five award-winning films including Firebite, My Name Is Gulpilil, Off Country and Wash […]

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Review | ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is pure fantasy nostaglia

Review | ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is pure fantasy nostaglia

Top Gun: Maverick | Dir: Joseph Kosinski | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Thirty-six years after Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) thrilled audiences, the Navy aviator is back breaking all the rules and ignoring orders. Still feeling the need for speed, test pilot Maverick takes the audience into the danger zone (with the help of Kenny Loggins’ […]

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Queer & local stories shine at Revelation Film Festival 2022

Queer & local stories shine at Revelation Film Festival 2022

The 25th annual Revelation Perth International Film Festival returns to Luna Cinemas Leederville from 7 – 17 July. As always, the curated program celebrates independent filmmakers and boundary pushing storytellers from around the globe and around the corner with films direct from Rotterdam, Berlin, SXSW, Venice and Locarno Film Festivals. The team say they are […]

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Review | Chaos reigns in ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

Review | Chaos reigns in ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

Everything Everywhere All At Once | Dir: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert | ★ ★ ★ ★  The premise of this film is quite simple. Evelyn is a middle-aged Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who has an extremely chaotic life. Living next to the laundromat she runs with her husband Waymond who wants a divorce (Ke Huy […]

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Review | Secrets and God at the heart of ‘Nobody Has To Know’

Review | Secrets and God at the heart of ‘Nobody Has To Know’

Nobody Has To Know | Dir: Bouli Lanners | ★ ★ ★ ★  Phil (Bouli Lanners) is a middle-aged (possibly in his fifties) farm hand on a wind-swept Scottish island. His accent gives him away as being an outsider but after he suffers memory loss as the result of a stroke, it would seem that we are […]

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Research reveals impact of LGBTQ+ inclusion in cinema

Research reveals impact of LGBTQ+ inclusion in cinema

Researchers from Monash University Australia have released the findings of extensive research into LGBTQ+ inclusion in films and what that means for audiences and the box office. A team led by a Monash Business School researcher analysed 4216 contemporary Hollywood films from 2007 – 2014 and found that movies with LGBTQ+ inclusive representation significantly outperform […]

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Review | Channing Tatum sets out on emotional road trip in ‘Dog’

Review | Channing Tatum sets out on emotional road trip in ‘Dog’

Dog | Dir: Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin | ★ ★ ★ ★ Channing Tatum and his Magic Mike partner Reid Carolin were producers for the 2017 documentary War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend that explored the unbreakable bonds between military K9s and their elite Special Operations handlers. Moved by the physical and emotional challenges survived by […]

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