Tag Archives: Australian cinema

FILM REVIEW: Now Add Honey

Now Add Honey (Wayne Hope, 2015)

Good Aussie comedies tend to be confined to television. Think Summer Heights High, Please Like Me, Kath & Kim, and all the political satire that turns up on the ABC. Husband and wife creative team Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler have now contributed three successful television series to the mix, with The Librarians, Upper Middle Bogan and Very Small Business all providing great entertainment value. In their first big screen venture, Now Add Honey, they attempt the leap to commercial cinema, but unfortunately they don’t quite hit the target. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Now Add Honey

FILM REVIEW: Graceful Girls

Graceful Girls (Olivia Peniston-Bird, 2015)

Anyone who has ever participated in dance should appreciate Olivia Peniston Bird’s debut feature Graceful Girls. On the contrary, if exaggerated smiles, sequins, and kids slathered in make-up is your idea of hell, you’d best look elsewhere for your cinema fix. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Graceful Girls


The Gift (Joel Edgerton, 2015)

Kids will be kids, and kids can be cruel, but karma’s a bitch so be mindful at school.

If Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut was the type of film that included a creepy schoolyard-style chant, this would fit the bill. Exploring the consequences of high school bullying, The Gift is a cautionary tale: don’t be a dick in high school. And if you were, stop being one. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Gift

FILM REVIEW: Ruben Guthrie

Ruben Guthrie (Brendan Cowell, 2015)

Have you ever responded with dismay when a friend has refused an alcoholic beverage? Do you live in Australia? If you answered yes to both of these questions, Ruben Guthrie should hit close to home. Brendan Cowell directs this adaptation of his 2008 play, reflecting a very flawed attitude to booze back to the viewer. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ruben Guthrie

FILM REVIEW: Charlie’s Country

Charlie’s Country (Rolf de Heer, 2013)
clairestbearestreviews_charliescountry_filmreview_davidgulpililFollowing on from his highly acclaimed films The Tracker and Ten Canoes, Rolf de Heer collaborates with David Gulpilil (who starred in both those films) to bring us Charlie’s Country. Reportedly based on Gulpilil’s own experiences, this latest film is set in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory in the wake of The Intervention (laws and policies implemented in these communities in 2007 in an attempt to reduce child abuse). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Charlie’s Country