Category: Australia/New Zealand

THE NIGHTINGALE [2018]

A major step up in scope for Jennifer Kent after her excellent debut film The Babadook, this sophomore effort is a brutal, bloody but historically honest look into both the life of women and Aboriginal People during a period in Australia’s history that is…

DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN [2019]

As always, many thanks to Courtney of Cinemaaxis.com. “To military historians, it is hugely significant, a demonstration of Australian grit and determination in the face of insurmountable odds. But to the general public it barely registers.” As a result of this, The Battle of Long…

I AM MOTHER [2019]

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a typical Netflix produced film. It is an Australian film that required a lot of effort to be made possible, and luckily it was seen by the right people at a film festival and is now a ‘Netflix’ production,…

ADLFF ’18: ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS [2018]

Island of Hungry Ghosts is a documentary unlike many others. It is incredibly cinematic, with obvious care and precision apparent behind the camera, while the music that surrounds it is also very atmospheric. Island begins with an interesting contrast: after a brief, arresting introduction…

ADLFF ’18: BACKTRACK BOYS [2018]

It unfortunately isn’t news that many young people have it awfully rough, some not knowing their parents, some beaten by them, many falling into the trap of drinking and/or using harder drugs. It is disturbing to hear from such young kids describing the first…

BROTHERS’ NEST [2018]

This small Aussie gem is filled with a plethora of psychological, existential and family related questions, often answered in surprising and unexpected ways. That it does this while being funny and thrilling is an accomplishment. Terry and Jeff feel slighted. Their mother is dying,…

CARGO [2017]

Cargo is unlike any ‘zombie film’. This isn’t action packed. This isn’t gory, for the most part, and doesn’t feature zombies eating people, or even many zombies at all. 28 Days this is not. Rather, this is a film about family and friendship, and…

HOT DOCS: GURRUMUL [2018]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Music is a universal language. The art of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, born blind, is more than music; his voice speaks to everyone despite the language barrier, it transcends everything in order for him to sing about his culture, his life…

HALLOWEEN IS HERE!: BLOOD PUNCH [2014]

Directed by Madellaine Paxson Written by Eddie Guzelian Starring: Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland Blood Punch is a nice blend of horror and dark comedy… and romance, as the story revolves around a dangerous love-triangle. The plot seems simple enough, but this film…

GOLDSTONE [2016]

  Directed by Ivan Sen Written by Ivan Sen Starring: Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, Kate Beahan, Pei-Pei Cheng, Max Cullen, Alex Russell and David Gulpilil First off, a shout out to Jason King from Salty Popcorn, his claim of this being the best western since…

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