20th Century Women

A chain-smoking single mother who, at 55, is having a crisis of conscience with regard to her ability to successfully prepare her 15-year-old son for his ascent into manhood, Dorothea is a marvellous character played to perfection by Annette Bening in this latest offering from writer/director Mike Mills (Beginners). Intelligent, gregarious, open-minded and opinionated, Dorothea […]

Don’t Tell

Set and shot (partly at least) on location in Toowoomba, this powerful Australian drama tracks the real-life legal proceedings that proved the catalyst for the downfall of Governor-General Peter Hollingworth and the establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Adapted from the non-fiction book by lawyer Stephen Roche, who is […]

Bad Girl

Whilst Australia has a knack of producing low budget thrillers and crime dramas, many of which have launched the careers of those behind and in front of the camera, Bad Girl falls short in its capacity to reel you in and keep you interested in the plight of the characters. There is superficiality in the […]

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2

There is nothing about this second film iteration of Guardians of the Galaxy that should come as a surprise to anybody familiar with the first instalment or the Marvel cinematic universe more broadly. The characters are the same – well, the good guys anyway – and the tone is in keeping with the light hearted […]

Get Out

When it comes to the critical discourse that has surrounded Get Out since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the fervour has been unrelenting with the film drawing praise from numerous quarters, almost to the point of hysteria in some cases. So, when it comes to evaluating this first feature from director […]

Big Music Weekend

There was heaps of live music across south-east Queensland over the Labour Day weekend and two of the biggest events were absolutely free. Surfers Paradise Live delivered three nights of free live music in Cavill Mall, which featured performances from more than 25 artists, including the likes of Ivey, Tigertown, The Veronicas, Mental as Anything […]

Raw

A visually striking celebration of female power, Raw is a remarkably assured feature debut from yet another exciting young(ish) female director. It is hard to imagine that a body horror movie about a teenage cannibal could be so utterly mesmerising in its vivid imagery and hypnotic beauty, but 33-year-old French writer/director Julia Ducournau has constructed […]