australian films

Australian Movie Month: Shine (1996)

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud Director: Scott Hicks As a child, David Helfgott's father pushes him to be a child piano prodigy, but his strict and controlling nature pushes David til he breaks. While he's expected to be a wonder, he's also not allowed by hos father to leave home and… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: Shine (1996)

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Australian Movie Month: The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

Starring: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor Director: Fred Schepisi Jimmie Blacksmith (Lewis) is half Indigenous Australian and half white, and is raised by a clergyman and his wife to be "civilised". To them, he's the poster child for their ideas of assimilation and how the life of the Indigenous Australian can be improved.… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

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Australian Movie Month: The Story Of The Kelly Gang (1906)

A lot of people don't know that the first feature length film was Australian. Australia used to have a thriving film industry but with American studios owning cinemas and block booking, the industry was killed off til the New Wave in the 70's ushered in a new era. But in 1906, The Story of the… Continue reading Australian Movie Month: The Story Of The Kelly Gang (1906)

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E Grant, Dolly Wells Director: Marielle Heller Lee Israel (McCarthy) is a crotchety woman who lives alone with her cat. Her poor behaviour gets her fired from her job and her dull writing means that the books she writes won't sell, but when her cat gets sick and she's behind on… Continue reading Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier Director: Spike Lee In the 1970's in Colorado, Ron Stallworth (Washington) is a young black cop who is initally sent to the basement records room and faces the everyday racism of his colleagues. But when he makes it out of the basement and into the undercover crimes… Continue reading BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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The Favourite (2018)

Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Director: Yorgos Lanthimos 18th Century England, and Queen Anne sits on the throne. Insecure and neurotic, Queen Anne (Colman) is bossed around by her oldest friend Lady Sarah (Weisz), who is her favourite. But a girl named Abigail (Stone) arrives and upsets everything by getting close to the… Continue reading The Favourite (2018)

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Green Book (2018)

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardellini Director: Peter Farrelly In the 1960's, a racist Italian bouncer Tony (Mortensen) takes on a job driving Dr Don Shirley, a black classical musician, on tour through the American South. While initially complete opposites, the two find their time together eye opening, and a friendship slowly develops between… Continue reading Green Book (2018)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: Mommie Dearest (1981)

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid Director: Frank Perry Joan Crawford was a huge star, starting in the 1930's and managing to have a respected career for decades, garnering Oscars and huge salaries. She was the queen of Hollywood. But in 1978, her adopted daughter Christina published a book called Mommie Dearest, which exposed the horror… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Mommie Dearest (1981)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Once Upon A Time In China (1991)

Starring:┬áJet Li, Biao Yuen, Rosamund Kwan Director: Hark Tsui This is the film that catapulted Jet Li to international fame, and also managed to spawn itself several popular sequels. I riot of colour, action and convoluted plot points, Once Upon A Time in China is a martial arts classic. Set in the late 1800's in… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Once Upon A Time In China (1991)

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The Post (2017)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson Director: Steven Spielberg The concept of freedom of the press and a sense of political accountability is such a hot button topic lately. So is the role of women moving into positions of power. This film looks at both of these things, in a film that puts Meryl… Continue reading The Post (2017)