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Felony (Matthew Saville, 2013)

Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton

Australian cinema is kicking arse this year! GET ON IT PEOPLE! It pains me how unaware most people are that these great local films even exist. Felony seems to be getting slightly more buzz than the average Aussie film, so fingers crossed it finds an audience. In Felony, Detective Malcolm Toohey (Joel Edgerton) drives home drunk after celebrating a drug bust with his colleagues. On the way he clips a kid on a bicycle who ends up in a coma, and calls an ambulance without revealing actual events. Senior detective and colleague, Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson) arrives on the scene with new partner Detective Jim Melic (Jai Courtney), and assists Malcolm in the cover-up of the crime. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Felony

FILM REVIEW: These Final Hours

These Final Hours (Zak Hilditch, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_thesefinalhoursI’ve always thought the phrase “Live everyday as if it’s your last” is really pretty stupid advice, because then you’d never show up to work. But what would you do if the world was actually about to be burnt to a crisp? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: These Final Hours

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


The Rover (David Michôd, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_TheRover_filmreview_ericreyBagging Australian cinema seems to be a national pastime in our country. This country, which prides itself on being patriotic (though often in embarrassing, racist ways) has a tendency to shun local films in favour of the bigger, brighter Hollywood fare, myself included. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Rover


Tracks (John Curran, 2013)

In 1977, twenty-seven year old Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) trekked 2700 kilometres from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, accompanied only by her dog, and three trained camels. Following her journey, Davidson wrote an article for National Geographic (her sponsor), and due to an overwhelmingly positive response, she subsequently published the book Tracks in 1980. A film version has reportedly been in the works for over two decades, and finally it is here. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Tracks

FILM REVIEW: Wolf Creek 2

Wolf Creek 2 (Greg McLean, 2013)

Terrifying. I’ve never been much of a horror movie fan, although I have always been intrigued by psychopaths and serial killers (I’m totally not a weirdo though). I saw the first Wolf Creek (Greg McLean, 2005) only because someone asked me to go with them, and I found it horrific. A large part of me did not want to see the sequel (even the ad on TV was freaking me out) but a tiny part of me was intrigued to see what would unfold. Early on in the film, I was somewhat regretting that choice. And I did consider walking out which is something I never do. But I didn’t. My friend and I sat it out (hands in front of faces) until the bitter end. And then I made my Dad pick me up from the train station because I was too scared to walk home alone in the dark. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Wolf Creek 2