Category Archives: Film

From Twilight to High Life: A man’s shield against desire (Interview)

Deep space. Monte and his daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft, in complete isolation.  A man whose strict self-discipline is a shield against desire, Monte fathered her against his will. His sperm was used to inseminate the young woman who gave birth to her. They were members of a crew of prisoners – death row inmates. Guinea pigs sent on a mission. Now only Monte and Willow remain.  Through his daughter, he experiences the birth of an all-powerful love. Together, father and daughter approach their destination – the black hole in which time and space cease to exist.

 

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Skin: The white supremacist who developed a conscience (Interview)

Media Screening (Maven Pictures)
Duration: 110 minutes

Having not been familiar with the story or having any preconceptions, as a viewer a vexatious undertone of sympathy toward the character pays off as we’re taken on a journey to understand how Bryon’s extreme views and violent hate has come to be.   The closing credit’s of the film at the State Theatre gave way to a round of applause from the audience.

Inspired by the remarkable true story of Bryon Widner, who endured over a year of painful operations to his face and body to remove the tattoos that tied him to his terrible past.  Skin tells a story of a a destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

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The Big Little Farm: The 91 minute documentary shot over 8 years (Interview)

Media Screening (Neon Films)
Documentary (USA)
Duration: 91 minutes

A testament to the immense richness of nature.  The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature.  The land they’ve chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought.

The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind– including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster.  When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters’ hope – but as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Review – No Spoilers)

Media Screening
Duartion: 114 minutes

It’s the final installment in the X-Men tetralogy of prequels possibly marking the end of the franchise that began 19 years ago  in the current form as we know it.  While the jury is still out, industry insiders continue to speculate on the integration of X-Men back into the current universe of Marvel Studios which was split up across competing production houses before owner, Disney merged with Twentieth Century Fox.

Did they miss a beat with the setup of this scene?   Could the mixed reviews from the recent “feminist” driven and diversified incarnations of Star Wars led to this area being a no-go zone to explore?   Corporate restructures and politics aside, whether you enjoyed it or not, it was the movie that had to tie up loose ends of the prequels that began in 2011 and there are some inconsistent hits and misses with the shift of focus moving away from core characters Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Professor X (James McEvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hault).   The story revolves around Sophie Turner’s rendition of Jean (ex Sansa from Game of Thrones) who appeared in a supporting role in the last film.

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One Child Nation: The consequences of a lost generation (Review)

Media Screening
Documentary (China)
Duration: 89 minutes

One Child Nation is a documentary by Gary Maddox (Amazon Studios) that sheds new light on one of international history’s most controversial family planning policies ever written into a national constitution.  It delves deeply into an upsetting period of China’s past,  taking us through the rationale of the one child policy’s genesis, the reverberations of its propaganda and post-trauma that now begins to surface across the grief-stricken generations since it ended four years ago. 

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Aladdin in Cinemas today: #FriendLikeMe Challenge

The #FriendLikeMe Challenge is part of a global cause campaign supported by two Make-A-Wish wish granters, Disney and Will Smith. The actor/recording artist, who stars in Disney’s “Aladdin” as the wish-granting Genie, encourages fans and celebrities to participate in the campaign and help show the world: Where there’s a wish, there’s a way.

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Children’s International Film Festival, Melbourne & Sydney

The ever so popular Melbourne Children’s International Film Festival returns 24 May to 10 June and also premieres in Sydney for the very first time.

Catering for children aged 4-16, the festival program will be bursting with workshops, visiting international guests and the very best family films handpicked from world-class film festivals, including a short film program by Little Big Shots.

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