Tag Archives: melbourne international film festival 2011

BEAUTY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Oliver Hermanus Stars: Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan                     Set in post-apartheid South Africa, Beauty is a powerful, challenging and confronting drama about passion, repression and infatuation. Winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes, Beauty is a disturbing and provocative examination [...]

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THE CURSE OF THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Randall Wood. At its core, The Curse Of The Gothic Symphony is a fascinating and engaging study in obsession. Eccentric British composer Havergal Brian is hardly a household name but he was certainly quite prolific in his day, composing some 32 symphonies and operas. However, it is his 1920’s [...]

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I AM ELEVEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Genevieve Bailey. Melbourne-based video journalist Genevieve Bailey travelled around the world over the course of several years, talking to eleven-year olds from a number of different countries and backgrounds to discover their hopes and fears and expectations. The result was I Am Eleven, a rather fascinating documentary that premiered [...]

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POLISSE – interview with Maiwenn

by GREG KING Polisse is a sprawling but gripping and gritty French drama that follows a year in the lives of officers with the Child Protection Unit of the Paris police. This is the unit that deals with crimes involving children and crimes against children, child molesters, suspected paedophiles, underage pickpockets, abusive parents, and the [...]

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POLISSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Maiwenn Stars: Karin Viard, Marina Fois, Joey Starr, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Maiwenn, Karole Rocher, Emmanuelle Bercot, Frederic Pierrot, Arnaud Henriet, Jeremie Elkaim, Ricardo Scamarcio. Sandrine Kiberlain, Naidra Ayadi, Vladimir Yordanoff, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing This sprawling, but gripping and gritty French drama follows a year in the lives of officers with the [...]

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ELENA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrei Zvyagnitsev Stars: Nadzehda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Aleksey Rozin, Yelena Lyadova, Igor Ogurtsov. This bleak but visually stunning Russian drama screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival and the 2011 Russian Film Festival, and now gets a limited commercial release. Elena offers a stark vision of class warfare in Putin’s [...]

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THE INNKEEPERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ti West Stars: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle, Alison Bartlett, Jake Ryan. Writer/director Ti West (The House Of The Devil, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, etc) is a young filmmaker who appreciates and understands the tropes of the horror genre. One of the more promising practitioners in [...]

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SWERVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Craig Lahiff Stars: David Lyons, Jason Clarke, Emma Booth, Travis McMahon, Vince Colosimo, Roy Billing, Chris Haywood. This clever Australian made noir-like thriller is infused with the spirit of American crime writer James M Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice, etc), Hitchcock, and even the films of John Dahl (The [...]

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