Jewel's Catch One

Interview: How Jewel’s Catch One made history

It’s easy to see a documentary filmmaker’s passion shine through when they are deeply invested in a project. Such is the case with C. Fitz’s new film, Jewel’s Catch One, which will have its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Focusing on the history of Los Angeles’ legendary gay nightclub Catch One and…

By James Curnow
Film Hawk

Interview: Understanding the Film Hawk Behind Kevin Smith

For most Australians, the name Bob Hawk conjures up images of one our more recognised former Prime Ministers, Bob Hawke. But in the American independent film world, the name is more commonly associated with a well-renowned film consultant, most celebrated for shining a light on filmmakers like Kevin Smith, Edward Burns and Barbara Hammer. In…

By James Curnow
Miss Kiet's Children

Review: Live your childhood again with ‘Miss Kiet’s Children’

With their new film Miss Kiet’s Children, filmmaking couple Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster have achieved something truly extraordinary. Over the course of two mesmerising hours, they’ve found a way to have viewers abandon their mundane adult perspectives, transporting them back to a time in which stolen crayons and memorising times-tables were great emotional challenges.…

By James Curnow
Rogue One

Why I just couldn’t like ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU’VE NOT SEEN ROGUE ONE, OR HAVE ANY INTEREST IN SEEING IT, DO NOT READ ON. I was little late to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and if I’m to be totally honest I wasn’t in any rush. Last year I wrote a very positive review of Star Wars: The…

By James Curnow
Dangal

Dangal: The perfect Bollywood film for the uninitiated

There is a general resistance to Bollywood cinema in Western countries. This isn’t so much because of any strong objection to them, as it is because their structure is so fundamentally different from the output of Hollywood. They are frequently quite long, invest heavily in a sense of the melodramatic, and perhaps most significantly, the…

By James Curnow
Monsieur Mayonnaise

Trevor Graham’s Monsieur Mayonnaise: Getting Mora out of History

It will come as no surprise to regular readers that over the last year I’ve become increasingly interested in the films of Australian director Philippe Mora, most particularly his films focused on the representation of history. From Swastika (1974) to Snide and Prejudice (1997), each of Mora’s historically centered works is part of a life-long…

By James Curnow
Aaron Biebert A Billion Lives

Aaron Biebert discusses A Billion Lives

Ahead of its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, I recently had the opportunity to see A Billion Lives, the documentary feature film debut of director, Aaron Biebert. The subject matter is likely to be controversial, and I must confess to having started writing this article on numerous occasions, looking for the best…

By James Curnow