Girl Asleep is the film that everybody is talking about at the moment. It won the Critics’ Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival and has picked up even more awards since then. Now ahead of the film’s release in cinemas this week Dave G caught up the director Rosemary Myers to see just how hard it was to put together this magnificent film.
You can listen to or download our Rosemary Myers interview right here.
Girl Asleep is the film adaptation of Windmill Theatre’s critically acclaimed coming of age play of the same name, written by Matthew Whitten. It has been described as Napoleon Dynamite meets Where The Wild Things Are crossed with the magical fantasy world of Alice In Wonderland. As part of our MIFF coverage, Greg spoke to director Rosemary Myers about bringing the play to the screen.
Girl Asleep premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival and has travelled the international film festival circuit to great acclaim. It screens at Melbourne International Film Festival on Tues Aug 9 at 6.30 @ Hoyts Melbourne Central. Rosemary and some of the cast and crew will be in attendance for Q&A session after the screening. Girl Asleep hits cinemas on September 8.
You can listen to or download our Rosemary Myers interview right here.
Emo The Musical is the debut feature film for Neil Triffett, and is an extension of his 15 minute short film from 2014. As part of our MIFF coverage, Greg spoke to Neil about adapting the short film for this feature length version and about all things emo and musical. Emo The Musical screens at Melbourne International Film Festival Thurs Aug 12 at 6.30pm @ Forum, Sat Aug 13 at 1.30pm @ Comedy, and Sun Aug 14 at 4pm @ Kino. Neil will be attendance at all sessions for Q&As following the film.
You can listen to or download our Neil Triffett interview right here.
Newtown is a documentary that looks at the raw emotional aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. As part of our extensive MIFF 2016 coverage, Greg spoke to filmmaker Kim A Snyder about the movie and the complicated and topical issue of gun control in America.
Newtown screens at Melbourne International Film Festival – Sun July 31 at 9.15pm @ Kino, and Mon Aug 1 at 6.45pm @ Hoyts Melbourne Central.
You can listen to or download our Kim A Snyder interview right here.
As part of our MIFF coverage, Greg spoke to revered British filmmaker Terence Davies while he was in town to introduce screenings of his latest film Sunset Song at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
You can listen to or download our Terence Davies interview right here.
New Zealand journalist David Farrier explores the weird and wonderful world of competitive endurance tickling in the entertaining documentary that slowly evolves into a thriller and a look at the darker underbelly of the internet. As part of our MIFF coverage, Greg spoke to David to find out more about the challenges of shooting this documentary. Tickled screens at Melbourne International Film Festival Sun July 31 at 4pm @ Comedy and Wed Aug 3 at 6.30pm @ Hoyts Melbourne Central. David will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screenings. Tickled hits local cinemas on Aug 18 for a limited season.
You can listen to or download our David Farrier interview right here.
Down Under is a black comedy set in the aftermath of the Cronulla Riots, and it looks at some themes that are quite topical given recent events in Australia. This is writer/director Abe Forsythe’s first feature film since 2003’s Ned. Greg spoke to Abe to find out more about the film.
Down Under screens as MIFF’s Centrepiece Gala on Saturday August 6 at the Comedy Theatre.
You can listen to or download our Abe Forsythe interview right here.
On Richard’s Side is the third film in Andrew Wiseman’s moving trilogy following the challenges facing Richard Croft, who was born with a severe intellectual disability.
His father has recently died and now his mother Deidre is trying to find long term accommodation for him. The film gives us some insights into what it means to live with a disability. Greg spoke to Andrew about the film and his experiences of filming Richard over a thirty year period.
On Richard’s Side screens at Melbourne International Film Festival – Sun July 31 at 4pm @Kino, Tues Aug 2 at 4pm @ Kino, and Thurs Aug 4 at 6.30pm @ Kino. Andrew will be attending the screenings to participate in Q&A sessions.
You can listen to or download our Andrew Wiseman interview right here.
Summary: A black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots, it is the story of two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight destined to collide.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th August 2016
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Abe Forsythe
Screenwriter: Abe Forsythe
Cast: Fayssal Bazzi (D-Mac), Josef Ber (Sgt.Bryce Halliday), Chris Bunton (Evan), Ruby Burke (Destiny), Suppakorn Chuwongwut (Nutt), Arka Das (Steve), Michael Denkha (Ibrahim), Harriet Dyer (Stacey), Alexander England (Shit-Stick), David Field (Vic), Damon Herriman (Jason), Josh McConville (Gav), Marshall Napier (Graham), Henry Nixon (Sgt. James McFadden), Julia Ohannessian (Rashida), Lap Phan (Terry), Robert Rabiah (Amir), Rahel Romahn (Nick), Justin Rosniak (Ditch), Anthony Taufa (Taufa), Christiaan Van Vurren (Doof), Lincoln Younes (Hassim), Dylan Young (Az)
Runtime: 90 mins
OUR DOWN UNDER REVIEWS & RATINGS:
Sometimes the best comedy is the darkest. In Duck Soup, The Marx Brothers’ led Freedonia into a good old fashioned knees up to celebrate the oncoming war that will swamp the country. The terrorists in Chris Morris’ Four Lions are shown to be petty, back stabbers that argue about Mini-Babybels and struggle to align their separate ideologies. And now we have Abe Forsyth’s Down Under, a violent, gut-bursting farce set against the backdrop of the Cronulla Riots.
We follow two separate groups of men chomping at the bit to get into a boot party. In the Cronulla corner, we have family man Jason (Damon Herriman) and Ned Kelly’s biggest fan Ditch (Justin Rosniak) on the prowl for anyone looking vaguely middle eastern. And vague is the operative word, as at one point it becomes apparent that they’re not even sure who they’re really after. To bulk up their numbers, they drag along dope head Shit-Stick (Alexander England) who would rather watch Lord of the Rings with his cousin from Nimbi, Evan (Chris Bunton)
Playing for the Sydney West team is the fiery Nick (Rahel Romahn), insufferable beat-boxer D-Mac (Fayssal Bazzi) and deeply religious Ibrahim (Michael Denkha). Tagging along with them is Hassim (Lincoln Younes), whose brother went missing the day the riots started.
Neither group is treated as the heroes of Down Under. Instead Forsythe highlights how their need to bash people because of a perceived difference really comes from the same misguided rage. And in the film, as in real life, this rage only begets more rage until no one is listening to anyone. It’s interesting to note that the director never allows the violence committed by the men to be diluted by the comedy. Each punch and bat swung connects viciously, there’s consequences to what they deal out. Instead, he bursts their bubbles by highlighting their naivety and hypocrisy, such as when Jason takes a break from bashing to get his pregnant girlfriend a kebab, or when Nick’s bravado reveals a violent resentment of immigrants. Other times, Forsythe soundtracks his characters’ actions to inappropriate pop songs from the era, including a rather wonderful rendition of Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn.
Where Down Under falls flat, at least for me, is Nick and Hassim’s interactions with drug dealer, Vic (David Field). Vic’s lascivious advances towards Hassim whilst surrounded by well-oiled, well-muscled young men feels trite and, in a film that lampoons stereotypes, feels, well, stereotypical. Because despite how the film’s trailer portrays them, these aren’t stupid men. Sure they say stupid things, but they’re clearly caught up in the chest beating and hubris that’s permeating in the streets. One of Jason’s team is revealed to have a white collar job, whilst Hassim is shown from the off-set to be studying for uni. These are not all thick men, and that’s what makes them scary. They’ve found an opportunity to release they deep-rooted beliefs.
With an ending that will pull the rug from under you, Down Under exposes the underbelly and idiocy of racism through laughter, violence, copious amounts of swearing and B*Witched songs. Sure to be controversial, you need to see it.
Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):
Other Subculture Entertainment Down Under reviews: Nil.
The Family explores the history of the strange abusive sect established by former yoga teacher Anna Hamilton-Byrne in Ferny Creek in the 1960s, and which flourished at a property in picturesque Lake Eildon in the late 1960s. In this comprehensive documentary director Rosie Jones gives us some chilling insights into the sect. As part of our MIFF 2016 coverage, Greg spoke to Rosie about the challenges of putting together this documentary. The Family screens at Melbourne International Film Festival – Sat July 30 at 4 pm @ The Forum, Wed Aug 3 at 6.30pm @Hoyts Melbourne Central, and Thurs Aug 11 at 11am @ the Forum. There is an additional screening on Mon Aug 1. Jones will be in attendance at these screening to participate in Q&A sessions afterwards.
You can listen to or download our Rosie Jones interview right here.