THE SONG KEEPERS

Following the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir on a tour through Germany, performing a repertoire of Lutheran hymns brought to Australia more than a century ago and translated into their own langue, The Song Keepers is a simple, lovingly-intended documentary that never quite reaches the depths its subject matter deserves. There is noteworthy content peppered …

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A Quiet Place

Even when working off a plot device that doesn’t test the limits of originality, a clever script and dedication from creatives can transform the familiar to something unexpected. This is the case with A Quiet Place, an impossibly eerie chiller that presents civilisation as a fallen project, and those who have survived must exist in …

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Love Simon

LGBTIQ audiences have seen more and more honest representation of themselves in theatrical media as of late, and with cinematic titles like Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name earning recognition outside of the community, Love, Simon arrives just in time for there to be a transition into mainstream cinema. Detailing the titular teenage Simon’s …

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Garth Davis

Given that his debut feature film, 2016’s biographical drama Lion, was an Oscar-nominated production, it stands to reason that Australian-born director Garth Davis earns increased interest on his profile as he gears up to deliver his sophomore project. Not the most expected subject matter, but in the current climate of #MeToo it is understandable that …

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Mary Magdalene

There’s never really been any evidence that Mary Magdalene was the sinful prostitute history painted her as. As a supporting character in other biblical-themed films, her tarnished reputation made for a serviceable arc as she was placed predominantly in the background. For Mary Magdalene, Australian director Garth Davis (Lion) has worked with historians in a …

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At this stage it’s becoming predictable to claim “[insert title here] is the greatest Marvel movie yet” as each new film is released. And though some of the entrants in this expanding cinematic universe are arguably worthy of such praise (last year’s Thor: Ragnarok a recent example), and Black Panther is indeed a strong picture, …

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Much has been said about Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance in Phantom Thread, but another actor has quietly earned their own spotlight throughout the film’s release. A relative unknown here but a strong presence in her native Germany, Vicky Krieps (pictured above) is a name and face unlikely to be forgotten following her dominating role as Alma, …

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Easily writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s most serene feature, Phantom Thread is an unusual romantic fable that can’t help but bewitch its audience with its lush unpredictability. Serene through it may be, Anderson’s feature still evokes a degree of tension. The central character strives for perfection in every aspect of his life. This is Reynolds Woodcock …

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Find the truth in comedy, always trust your gut instinct, and never get into bed with the Americans. These were some of the nuggets of industry wisdom director Stephan Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) imparted to Peter Gray as he discussed his latest venture, Swinging Safari. It’s set in 1970s Australia and follows a …

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Spin-the-vase, a late night taste of fondu, and a rotting beached whale make for just some of the intricate ingredients of Stephan Elliott’s semi-autobiographical comedy Swinging Safari, a gloriously playful film that finds both the humour and the horror of growing up in Australia in the 1970’s. As kinetic a film it may be – …

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