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Fashion and literature shape the stories on screen this September

Fashion and literature shape the stories on screen this September

McQueen (★★★★★) Writer/director Peter Ettedgui doesn’t shy away from the dark side in his powerful documentary of fashion’s bad boy. With a childhood effected by abuse, Lee Alexander McQueen was famous for spectacular and controversial fashion shows such as ‘Highland Rape’ and ‘McQueen’s Theatre of Cruelty’. Always pushing boundaries, McQueen wanted people to feel emotion, […]

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Scandinavian Film Festival launches this week with Darling

Scandinavian Film Festival launches this week with Darling

Darling | Cinema Paradiso | July 19 | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  Darling, directed by Danish filmmaker Birgitte Staermose, is set at the fascinating Royal Danish Ballet school and features the dancers as extras. Darling (Danica Curcic) returns to her training ground in Copenhagen from her success in New York with choreographer husband Frans (Gustaf Skarsgard) […]

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It’s Queerama at the cinema this June and July

Upgrade (★★★★) is directed by Leigh Whannell, the Australian screenwriter, director, producer, actor responsible for the Saw franchise of horror films with his friend James Wan. The near future science fiction thriller opens a thrilling car chase and predictable violence when mechanic Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green) and his wife have their automatic car hijacked. […]

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November Film Reviews: Folk music and folklore

Ben Elton reached international fame for writing for the absurd television comedies The Young Ones and Blackadder. This was before he came to Australia and married Fremantle musician Sophie Gare. Living in Fremantle for much of the time, he often attended the folk music festival at Fairbridge near Pinjarra with his extended family of musicians. […]

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September Film Reviews: Comedy… or not

September Film Reviews: Comedy… or not

In Steven Soderbergh’s hilarious heist film Logan Lucky (★★★★), it is fun to see actors cast in extremely different roles to what we are used to seeing them. Set at a massive Nascar speedway in West Virginia, a couple of not-so-bright desperados come up with an elaborate hare-brained plan to rob the speedway during the […]

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August Film Reviews: Horror highlights from fantasy to reality

August Film Reviews: Horror highlights from fantasy to reality

The ancient walking, talking tree (voiced by Liam Neeson) in A Monster Calls (★★★★★) might be a monster to some children, but Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is twelve and has to deal with some grown-up things in his life. Apart from having bullying classmates, his mother (Felicity Jones) is very ill. His father (Toby Kebbell) has […]

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Scandinavian Film Festival brings stories from across the globe

Scandinavian Film Festival brings stories from across the globe

Sammi Blood, directed by Amanda Kernell, may be located in Sweden but it is a tale of colonisation and alienation that is very close to home. Sweden’s indigenous population, the Samis (or Lapps), were nomadic reindeer herders and weren’t given any rights until the 1990s. Their children were sent to residential schools where they were […]

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Revelation Film Fest: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Revelation Film Fest: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (★★★★★) is an absorbing documentary about San Francisco writer Armistead Maupin whose Tales in the City became a cult television series. Tales in the City started out as an entertaining column in the Francisco Chronicle in the mid seventies that recorded the local stories of the city’s residents – […]

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Women Who Kill: Horror and humour collide at Revelation Film Fest

Women Who Kill: Horror and humour collide at Revelation Film Fest

Women Who Kill (★★★★★) starts off with an advertisement for a hardware store – the one stop shop which has all the things required for getting that dead body off your hands. The ad is on the podcast coming out of New York by ex-partners Morgan (Ingrid Jungermann) and Jean (Ann Carr). The deadly serious […]

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Wacky Winter Movies: What’s on at the cinema this July?

Sometimes, it is best to see a film with very little knowledge about the film and absolutely no expectations. Fortunately, A Ghost Story (★★★★) which is directed by David Lowry doesn’t have much hype surrounding it. Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, it is an ambitious exploration of loss and the legacy we leave behind […]

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