Tag Archives: Australian film

FILM REVIEW: The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 2015)

Arguably the biggest local film of the year, The Dressmaker is uniquely Australian, although its buzz is most likely in large part to its international star. Kate Winslet stars as Tilly Dunnage, a glamourous dressmaker who returns to her hometown of Dungatar to visit her ailing mother, Molly (Judy Davis). Here she is confronted by the small town mentality of the townsfolk who delight in petty gossip and false accusations following a childhood incident that resulted in Tilly’s departure several years earlier. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Dressmaker

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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

FILM REVIEW: The Gift

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: Holding the Man

Holding the Man (Neil Armfield, 2015)

It’s a difficult task to make a film that while tragic, is full of so many moments of beauty and joy. But that’s exactly what Neil Armfield has done in Holding the Man. Based on Timothy Conigrave’s memoir of the same name (which later became a critically acclaimed and much loved play), the film details the fifteen year relationship between Tim (Ryan Corr) and his partner John Caleo (Craig Stott), from their initial attraction in high school, through their university years, and their battle with the AIDS virus. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Holding the Man

FILM REVIEW: Last Cab to Darwin

Last Cab to Darwin (Jeremy Sims, 2015)

No doubt assumptions will be made based on this film’s title alone, but it’s not the crap ocker rubbish you might be anticipating. Last Cab to Darwin is based on the true story of cab driver, Max Bell, and follows the 2003 stage production of the same name. In the film adaptation, Rex (Michael Caton), a cab driver in Broken Hill, is given three months to live following a failed surgery targeting his stomach cancer. Euthanasia has been recently (and temporarily) legalised in the Northern Territory, and Rex drives his cab to Darwin, to meet euthanasia advocate, Dr. Nicole Farmer (Jacki Weaver). In doing so he leaves behind his aboriginal neighbour and clandestine missus, Polly (Ningali Lawford), who is heartbroken by his decision to leave. Along the way he meets Tilly (Mark Coles Smith), a troubled young aboriginal man who prefers to play the role of drifter rather than take on the responsibilities of husband and father. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Last Cab to Darwin

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: Partisan

Partisan (Ariel Kleiman, 2015)

Start the parade. The best film of the year so far is here and it’s AUSTRALIAN! Though Partisan doesn’t involve an Australian story or setting, it was filmed partly in Melbourne (as well as Georgia) and is made by talented Melburnian writer and director, Ariel Kleiman. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Partisan