Late 1980s Berlin was a frightening place to be and not just because of all the David Hasselhoff music. However, it is here in the beating heart of the Cold War and just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, that Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) an MI6 undercover Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Atomic Blonde”
Cate Shortland, the Australian director of the chillingly captivating Berlin Syndrome, shows us the darker side of one of the key Australian rites of passage – backpacking across Europe. It may well give you cause to reconsider what you plan to do on your gap year. Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Berlin Syndrome”
The opening few minutes of Danny Boyle’s introspective and retrospective T2 Trainspotting should come with a warning, but more on that later.
Surprisingly, Boyle’s first image is not in Scotland, but Amsterdam, where we see Renton (Ewan McGregor) pounding a treadmill, Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // T2 Trainspotting”
The Western genre is synonymous with American history and marks the birth of cinema that allowed the evolution of film to become the modern cinema we appreciate today. Most notably, the cowboy has become a godly symbol of Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // The Legend of Ben Hall”
What comes to mind when you think of a teen film? Prom, ponytails, clichés and well, John Hughes for starters. It is worth saying upfront that Edge of Seventeen has none of these, but it has what most others don’t – a refreshing combination of Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Edge of Seventeen”
Director Damian Chazelle (Whiplash) launches us into La La Land, with ‘Another Day in the Sun,’ a sweeping and epic opening number, set on a gridlocked LA freeway overpass, where the drivers leap out of their vehicles to sing and dance about chasing their dreams. Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // La La Land”
Nocturnal Animals, the second film from fashion designer Tom Ford, is a stylised yet substantial thriller, in which LA art gallery owner Susan Morrow’s (Amy Adams) world is shattered by the arrival of a dark and violent Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Nocturnal Animals”
After watching I, Daniel Blake, a friend asked: ‘Did you enjoy it?’ My first thought was, does anyone actually enjoy Ken Loach films, a director who over the past 40 years has tackled some of the grittiest social economic problems of the UK? My answer though, Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // I, Daniel Blake”
The Canberra International Film Festival has always provided an opportunity for film lovers to see films not usually available to watch on Canberra cinema screens. The Hungarian dark comedy Kills on Wheels was no exception – a foreign film that gels so superbly to our own Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // CIFF 2016: ‘Kills on Wheels’ & ‘With Little Hope’”
For a brief couple of years, Oasis defined the music of the mid 1990s. Arrogance, swagger and controversy were constant companions, but their music struck such a chord within the UK and beyond, that for a while, they were simply untouchable.
Supersonic turns the spotlight on Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Oasis: Supersonic”
The Light Between Oceans is a sweeping and at times weepy drama, based on the 2012 Australian book of the same name by M.L. Stedman, her debut novel. This post-World War I story focuses on a lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // The Light Between Oceans”