A Simple Favour

First things first; I need to declare that I really like Anna Kendrick.  I think she is a breath of fresh air in an industry filled with people who take themselves far too seriously. Furthermore, she is obviously talented both as a singer and actress, having secured Academy Award and Tony Award nominations. Yet, despite […]


There will be those wanting you to believe that this sophomore feature from Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) is a profound examination of everything from religion to masculinity to grief and loss, but don’t be fooled by proclamations that Mandy is anything more than a messy, ill-disciplined effort that cleverly combines the pop culture […]

Juliet, Naked

Having carved out a Hollywood career of some 15+ years, actress Rose Byrne probably hasn’t received the credit she deserves. She certainly hasn’t developed the profile that fellow Aussie actresses such as Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Naomi Watts and, more recently, Margot Robbie, currently enjoy, yet she has seamlessly switched between drama (The Place Beyond […]

The BIFF is Back

The program of events for the 2018 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) has been released and the schedule includes an array of Australian and international features, documentaries, short films and special events at various venues around Brisbane. More than 100 screenings and presentations are scheduled across various locations between October 11 and October 21. Festival […]

You Were Never Really Here

Joaquin Phoenix is that rare breed of movie actor who seems much less interested in fame and acclaim than he is embracing characters who are unusual and often very unlikeable, yet remarkably engaging despite (or perhaps because of) their uniqueness. It is hard to imagine any other contemporary performer willingly taking on characters as diverse […]

Hearts Beat Loud

Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a heart warming story about a father and daughter connecting through music because, whilst the pre-release marketing might posit as such, the reality of the narrative is a somewhat different beast. Everything that is good about this film is tempered somewhat by those elements that leave you […]

Big Sound Rocks

With Big Sound over for another year, it is again time to be thankful that Brisbane is host to such an incredibly eclectic gathering of local, national and international musical performers and industry figures. Now staged across four days/nights, Big Sound not only shines a light on the Australian music industry, but also serves as […]