Stephen King IT

Movie review: What ‘It’ gets right and wrong

Stephen King’s It was first and foremost a coming of age story that utilised its horror elements as a metaphor for the traumas of childhood and adolescence, and it is in reflecting this human element that Andy Muschietti’s new film adaptation truly excels. Unfortunately, he isn’t as successful in taking the novel’s antagonist and turning him/it…

By James Curnow
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

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
Act of Kindness

Interview: Costa Botes’ Act of Kindness

Costa Botes and Sven Pannell’s new film, Act of Kindness, which will have its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival next week, exudes a kind of undeniable and attractive authenticity – it’s a simple tale, told well. The film is comprised of footage that Pannell shot while searching for the man who saved…

By James Curnow
Miss Kiet's Children

Interview: How Petra and Peter discovered Miss Kiet’s Children

Last month I published a review of Miss Kiet’s Children, directed by Dutch documentary filmmakers Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster. I don’t think I could have been more emphatic in my praise for what they have achieved with the film. Shot over the course of a full school year, the Lataster’s provide an immersive look…

By James Curnow