On this blog, I tend to stick to current releases, specifically things that came out the same year I wrote them since this entire blog came to be out of a need for me to try and see every film when it came out. This has meant that films from last year that I missed don’t get talked about and I haven’t done any classic films. Basically, it’s been nothing but new films, old editorials and Drag Race reviews and two of those things aren’t being done anymore SO from now on I’m going to try and do one review of an older film a week. Maybe it’ll be something you’ve heard of, maybe you’ll have no idea what the hell I’m talking about (a common response) but I’m trying something here so let’s see how it goes. To start with let’s go back to 1978 and talk about a classic bit of Australian cinema, Long Weekend.Continue reading “Long Weekend (1978) – If You Go Down To The Woods Today… Don’t”
Released: 17th Janurary
Seen: 13th January (Advance Screening)
In 1964, Colin Thiele wrote the book Storm Boy about the relationship between a boy and his pelican. Storm Boy is something of an Australian classic, getting an adaptation in 1976 that netted several awards and was a fairly big box office hit in Australia. According to my quick research, Colin Thiele’s only requirement was that his book couldn’t be turned into a sex comedy. That might be the greatest bit of information I’ve ever found… and it’s also probably the way they should’ve taken this remake because that might’ve been a little bit more interesting.
Released: 20th September
Seen: 29th September
Based on the book of the same name, Ladies In Black is an Australian Dramady set following the lives of four women working in the Goodes department store in Sydney during 1959. It’s a short time after the second world war and the country is adjusting to a slowly growing wave of refugees who escaped the war and made a life in Australia.
Released: 18th January 2018 (Australia)
Seen: 22nd January 2018
Directed & Written by: Stephan Elliott
Produced by: Piccadilly Pictures, See Pictures & Wildheart Films
Starring: Guy Pearce, Julian McMahon, Radha Mitchell & Kylie Minogue
Seen 22nd November
The final film that was shown at Lift Off was also the only feature-length film in the schedule that was completely Australian and was possibly the funniest film of the entire festival just by virtue of the talent leading it.