It’s a Party and We Have Giveaways to the Film’s Preview

The Party is directed by Sally Potter and features perhaps the greatest British ensemble of all time, headed by Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson and Timothy Spall. It’s very punchy, very political, very intellectual and the cast shine in their most comedic roles of their careers.  It conveys sharp and timely commentary about politics, feminism, long-term relationships, same-sex families and human behaviour through fast-paced comedic dialogue. Continue reading It’s a Party and We Have Giveaways to the Film’s Preview

‘Young Marx’: from the team behind ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’

Rory Kinnera and Oliver Chris. Photo: Manuel Harlan

A new play in a new theatre sees the Bridge Theatre as founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr boldly open with YOUNG MARX by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman , reuniting the team behind one of the biggest hits of Hytner’s reign at the National: One Man, Two Guvnors as part of the NTLive series. Continue reading ‘Young Marx’: from the team behind ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’

The Other Side of Hope: a True Easter Show

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE will not be in line for any award Peter Dutton might lend his name to.

Khaled, a young Syrian refugee who has lost virtually all of his family, drifts to Helsinki as a stowaway passenger on a collier to seek asylum without great hopes for his future life. Honourable and honest, he reports to the local police, not wanting to be considered an illegal.

Simultaneously, Wikström, a travelling salesman of about fifty wholesaling mainly men’s shirts and ties, becomes a refugee from a broken marriage, walking out on his alcoholic wife and selling his entire stock of cravats and collars. Continue reading The Other Side of Hope: a True Easter Show

Peter Rabbit

Escape the kids paroled from school this Easter by haring into PETER RABBIT.
Too good for kids, PETER RABBIT is a bold bunny tale bounding with mischief and mayhem.

Based on the Beatrix Potter stories, PETER RABBIT boasts a Screen Story and Screenplay by Rob Lieber and Will Gluck that wags the original tale into an irreverent stew of larrikin lapin.

In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London. Continue reading Peter Rabbit

A Woman of No Importance: Oscar Wilde on Film

Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE was filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End especially for the cinema screen.   With this revival of A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE Dominic Dromgoole launches two exciting projects in London– his new company Clear Spring and a year long season of Oscar Wilde plays. Continue reading A Woman of No Importance: Oscar Wilde on Film


Woollahra Council held  a lovely ceremony this morning, on a beautiful  autumn day, to celebrate the placement of a plaque  for the Wintergarden Theatre on the foothpath outside the present, very attractive Wintergarden apartments.

The plaque ceremony is part of Woollahra Council’s ongoing Plaque scheme, the purpose of which is to capture significant parts of a community’s local history for the benefits of locals. The Scheme is driven by locals nominating people or sites for commemoration with a plaque. Each year the Woollahra Plaques Committee recommends six nominations to Council.  

Local resident Richard Davis nominated a plaque be made for the Wintergarden  and his nomination was put before Council by architect and former Councillor Chris Howe.    Continue reading WOOLLAHRA COUNCIL STAMPS WINTERGARDEN THEATRE IN HISTORY

Cinema ’68: Landmark films from a landmark year at AGNSW

This image: ‘Once Upon a Time In The West’ (detail)
Banner image: ‘Lucia’ image courtesy Contemporary Films Ltd

The Art Gallery of New South Wales film series marks 50 years since the events of 1968 shook the world.   Cinema ’68, the new season of the free film series at the Art Gallery of NSW, marks 50 years since the events of a remarkable moment in time – the year 1968 – radically reshaped the social, political and cultural global landscape. Continue reading Cinema ’68: Landmark films from a landmark year at AGNSW


Director Ai Weiwei’s magnum opus, HUMAN FLOW, could be considered epic refugee tourism, two and a half hour documentary recording the current immense migration from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East due to war, famine and climate change.

The very word “refugee” can distance, can lull us into forgetting this major story of our times is not about statistics or abstract masses but about flesh and blood individuals, who have hopes and dreams no different from our own. Continue reading HUMAN FLOW: THE EBBING OF EMPATHY

Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story

We’re a weird mob, the only nation to have a pest on our national crest, pet food as patriotic symbol.

Opening up the conversation of culling and killing, conservation and commercial interest, KANGAROO is a feature film documentary that leaps and bounds around the paddock of public opinion, political policy, and the myth and misinterpretation surrounding this marvellous marsupial. Continue reading Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story

in the fade: justice or revenge?

Revenge is a dish best served cold, they say, and revenge triggered by a callous and cowardly act of terrorism together with an apparent abrogation of the authority of the court system is the frozen meal brought to the table in IN THE FADE.

Fade in on a joyous wedding held in prison, wedlock committed under lock and key, between a Turkish man, Nuri, doing time for drug trafficking and free wheeling German girl, Katja, with tats from tit to toe. Continue reading in the fade: justice or revenge?


Transitions Film Festival is returning to Dendy Newtown this March 20th with an inspirational line up of world-changing films!

To celebrate, we have a double pass to give away to FREE LUNCH SOCIETY, screening Wednesday 21st March at 8:45pm. [Facebook Event

FREE LUNCH SOCIETY [SAG review] explores the history, and possible future, of ‘Universal Basic Income’ and gives us a glimpse into the possible economy of tomorrow. A vital film in an era of increasing artificial intelligence and automation.

For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival 'win' page and enter the code SFREESR

FREE LUNCH SOCIETY will play as part of the Transitions Film Festival ( March 20 – 22nd) at Dendy Newtown. You can join their mailing list or the  view the full program at the Transitions FF website and on Facebook.


The Mardi Gras Film Festival entitled Queer Screen celebrated its 25th anniversary.

A highlight was the screening of BLACK DIVAZ directed by Adrian  Russell-Wills.

BLACK DIVAZ wen behind the glitter, flamboyance and glamour and extreme make-up tools as indigenous drag queens battle it out for the Miss First Nation pageant.

Their gruelling tests included  lip-synching, contests, photo shoots with crocodiles and revealing intimacy as they talked candidly about what being Miss First Nation means for them and their communities.

The heat and humidity was totally absent on the Red Carpet as the participants in the film proudly paraded their fabulousness and happily posed for photos with their family, friends and supporters.

Featured image – Paul Mac, Josie Baker and Johnny Seymour. Pic Ben Apfelbaum.


Although no Australian won a major Oscar award there was an Australian connection with the big winner of the night Guillermo del Toro winning Oscars for Best Director, and Best Film. Del Toro  wisely stood aside from directing this film to direct The Shape Of Water. 

Like the prequel (which Del Toro directed ) much of PACIFIC RIM UPRISING (with del Toro co-producing) was filmed in amongst places Cronulla, North Sydney, Barangaroo, Fox Studios Moore Park as well as Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

As a treat for the film’s fans  a couple of its stars John Boyega, from the rebooted Star War series, Scott Eastwood, son of Clint and a protagonist in the first film, accompanied by its Director Steven S. DeKnight, posed for photos  as well as conducting brief chats.

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING opens in cinemas on Thursday 23rd March, 2018.

Featured photo – Steven S. DeKnight, John Boyega, Scott Eastwood and fans. Pic Ben Apfelbaum.


red sparrow: from russia with love

RED SPARROW begins more like BLACK SWAN as prima ballerina Dominika Egorova struts her stuff on the Bolshoi stage.  But before she is allowed to spread her wings, her dance partner breaks her leg, destroying her fledgling career.

Her creepy uncle, a Kremlin spymaster bearing a remarkable likeness to the current Russian premier – talk about puttin’ on the Putin – choreographs a career move from Swan Lake to Red Sparrow, the honey pot programme that trains agents in the art of seduction, skilful practitioners of sexpionage. Continue reading red sparrow: from russia with love


Founders of FLICKS4CHANGE Andfrew Steel and James Hawthorn.

Sydney has a plethora of Film Festivals and a new one is squeezing into an untapped niche. FLICKS4CHANGE hope to initiate social change through sharing socially conscious short films

The inaugural event takes place  on March 17 at the Tom Mann Theatre where  a variety of short films followed by Town Hall  type discussion with the filmmakers, leading community activists and the audience.

50% of revenue of tickets sold will go directly to any organisations  which were the subject of films.

This event is a satellite event connected to the current Short and Sweet play festival which is currently running at the Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, very close to Central station.

An event such as this has already taken place in Los Angeles and it is hoped that as well as Sydney it will take place in Washington DC.

The Festival will run from 1.30 pm till 5pm on Saturday March 17, after which the audience will be able to mingle with filmmakers.


The foreplay is perfunctory but the tussle from the tossle to the trash-can over a used condom is quite a climax.

After a session of sweaty sex, the sophisticated male is suspicious of his impromptu female sex buddy’s request for the spent prophylactic. Is she being sanitary or does she want his semen as souvenir, the artifice of fastidiousness masquerading as a ploy for artificial insemination?!

Four corners of quirk, THE SQUARE gets you thinking outside the square for a good two hours of its 142 minute running time.

A satire set inside art circles, THE SQUARE is a visually elegant, acerbically eloquent, and absurdly relevant film that is provocative, playful, impudent and pertinent. Continue reading THE SQUARE : FOUR CORNERS OF QUIRK

film stars don’t die in liverpool: in praise of older women

Bravo Barbara Broccoli. Not only the ballsy co producer of the Bond films, she is the producer of FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL, based on Peter Turner’s memoir of his affair with Gloria Grahame.

In the late Seventies, Turner was an aspiring actor, Gloria was a fading star Hollywood star, an Oscar winner doing regional theatre and television in Britain.A big star in black and white, not doing so well in colour as a landlady jibes in the film.

Turner was in his Twenties, Gloria was a wee bit older. They were kindred spirits but her professional insecurities took a terrible toll on the relationship.

Her insecurities were fuelled by ill health, a series of serious diagnosis she did not divulge to her young lover.

The romance floundered but the friendship endured and in 1981 she turned to Turner, who finally discovered the full extent of her health problems

Annette Bening plays Gloria Grahame, Jamie Bell as Peter Turner and they are both fabulous, as too are the rest of the cast, including Julie Walters as Peter’s caring mother, although possibly the film’s “money shot” is a scene brimming with tension as Gloria has a meeting with her mother and sister played by Vanessa Redgrave and Frances Barber respectively, and introduces them to her new beau. Continue reading film stars don’t die in liverpool: in praise of older women

the return of the hero (le retour du heros): mad about the cad

A little bit Cyrano de Bergerac, a little bit Return of Martin Guerre, THE RETURN OF THE HERO may well be the funniest film at this year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival .

Beginning in Burgundy in 1809, the dashing Captain Neuville proposes to the impressionable Pauline. Elisabeth, Pauline’s older sister is not impressed with the smarmy soldier and is relieved when he is despatched to active service.

Pauline, however, is distraught, pining her way to a pine box. In an effort to bring her sister back from the brink of broken heartedness, Elisabeth determines to write fake love letters and pass them off as coming from Pauline’s beloved.

It appears to have the desired effect, to the point that the perked up Pauline commences a protracted correspondence which keeps the elder sister pen occupied for years.

Fast forward to 1812, and like the booming canon fire of Tchaikovsky’s Overture, Neuville makes a rambunctious return, turning Elisabeth’s subterfuge topsy turvy. Continue reading the return of the hero (le retour du heros): mad about the cad

jalouse: a film to envy

Award-winning novelist, screenwriter and director, David  Foenkinos is renowned for his film adaptation of his own book, Delicacy starring Audrey Tautou, and co-directed by Stephane Foenkinos. Stephane and David’s latest offering, JALOUSE, which they co wrote and co directed, is one of the highlights of this year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival.

Like Delicacy, JALOUSE boasts a star turn central performance from one of France’s foremost actresses, Karin Viard, as a woman threatened by her place in the world, a feeling that manifests itself in an insane jealousy to family and friends.

Nathalie is a divorced Professor of Literature, seemingly financially and professionally secure. But emotionally and psychologically she is a wreck.

Her husband has re-coupled and appears happy. Nathalie thinks his new partner beneath him and resents her as a replacement. Continue reading jalouse: a film to envy