Star Wars A New Hope

STAR WARS Turns 40: A Fan’s Retrospective

Cinema – and in particular vintage cinema – is capable of forging memories.  It’s not only a matter of watching certain films – whether they were groundbreaking landmarks, cult gems, populist blockbusters, or rightfully savaged flops – but the impression that each film leaves upon you the first time you see it that makes all…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Fahrenheit 451 closing credits

The Problem with Closing Credits

Just once in my life, I’d like to see a movie where the closing credits appear in the middle of the picture. Not that such a move would make them more interesting. But at least the placement would be novelty enough. As you can see, I’m not a big fan of closing credits—at least, not…

By Simon Hardy Butler
The Gateway Bug

Interview: Entomophagy and The Gateway Bug

Premiering at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on Sunday, The Gateway Bug is likely to take many viewers out of their comfort zone as it ventures into the brave new world of entomophagy, also known as insect eating. As the world’s population continues to grow and food sustainability becomes an increasingly important issue, this impressive…

By James Curnow
Saturday Night Fever

Days of the Week: From Saturday Night Fever to His Girl Friday

Sunday, Monday, Movie Days Tuesday, Wednesday, Movie Days Thursday, Friday, Movie Days Saturday, what a day Writing this blog for you…. I know a good thing when I see one. So when my blog on numbers in movie titles scored double digit comments (11, to be exact, about half of them from me), I knew…

By Jonathan Eig

Interview: Dogs of Democracy and the Greek Economic Crisis

Screening at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Mary Zournazi’s Dogs of Democracy is a powerful look at the human impact of the Greek economic crisis. Zournazi eschews the normal approach to this kind of material, uses the plight of Athen’s stray dog population as a metaphor for the struggles and hopes of the Greek people.…

By James Curnow

Interview: Cheryl Houser talks Generation Startup

Premiering at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Generation Startup is a timely film about a group of young Americans who’ve elected to take the leap and start their own businesses, having recently graduated from Venture for America, an entrepreneurial programme. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that these young people have elected to undertake…

By James Curnow

Interview: Five Days on Lesvos with Samantha Brown

When Samantha Brown and Richard Wyllie set out to make a film about the refugee crisis in Europe, they weren’t entirely sure what the end result would be. Armed with their equipment and a pre-planned interview or two, they headed for the Greek Island of Lesvos, where a large concentration of refugees were arriving at…

By James Curnow