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Sydney Film Festival – The Rocket review

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2013 Crowd-pleasers come in many mysterious packages, and there might not be a bigger crowd-pleaser this year than The Rocket; a disarming fable about a makeshift family desperately seeking a place to live in a ravaged Laos. Australian writer-director Kim Mordaunt continues the work he started with 2007’s documentary Bomb […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Closed Curtain review

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2013 We accuse directors who indulge in metatextual moviemaking of disappearing up their own rear ends. In the case of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, it’s a choice between there and prison. Panahi was put under house arrest by the Iranian government for producing, in their eyes, “propaganda against the Islamic […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Before Midnight review

By Simon Miraudo June 9, 2013 Lightning just keeps on striking for Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke when it comes to their Before saga; so much so, I’m beginning to suspect them of performing shamanistic rituals in their backyard before embarking on each new instalment. They reunite for the third time in eighteen […]

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Sydney Film Festival – The Iceman review

By Simon Miraudo June 9, 2013 Michael Shannon stars as notorious hitman Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, a decent yet hysterically directed thriller. No one can play a slowly unravelling creep quite like Shannon, except for perhaps Ray Liotta, so it’s handy that he’s in this thing too. Liotta appears as Roy DeMeo, underboss of […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Everyday review

By Simon Miraudo June 7, 2013 We talk about Steven Soderbergh being an outrageously prolific genre-hopper, but now that he’s supposedly retired, might we turn the conversation to Michael Winterbottom? It feels as if a new film of his is out every other week, be it a collaboration with his favourite star, Steve Coogan, or […]

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Sydney Film Festival – The Look of Love review

By Simon Miraudo June 7, 2013 Steve Coogan takes on the role of Steve Coog … er, I mean, Paul Raymond in The Look of Love, his fourth collaboration with director Michael Winterbottom. No one would accuse the distinctive British comedian of disappearing into his roles. Yet, just as Tony Wilson in 24 Hour Party […]

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Interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair)

Interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair). By Simon Miraudo. Danish actor Mikkel Boe Følsgaard makes his feature film debut in Nikolaj Arcel‘s A Royal Affair, starring as notorious King of Denmark Christian VII. Not only was he faced with the difficult task of portraying a historical figure dismissed today as simply “the mad king,” he also had to share the screen with […]

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Look who’s laughing – The Comedy (Sydney Film Festival)

The Comedy – Starring Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and James Murphy. Directed by Rick Alverson. By Richard Haridy. The Comedy played the Sydney Film Festival. It does not yet have an Australian release date. Rick Alverson‘s The Comedy is a caustic critique, not only of modern hipster culture, but also a wider generational inability to […]

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Alps wins top prize at Sydney Film Festival

The winner of the 59th Sydney Film Festival’s Official Competition was announced yesterday. Yorgos Lanthimos‘ Alps was named by the jury as the best of the fest, beating out heavy competition from Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild and Cate Shortland‘s long-anticipated Lore. Lanthimos’ Alps is the Greek director’s follow-up to Oscar nominated Dogtooth, […]

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Tastes like chicken – Killer Joe review (Sydney Film Festival)

Killer Joe – Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, and Juno Temple. Directed by William Friedkin. By Richard Haridy. Killer Joe played the Sydney Film Festival. It does not yet have an Australian release date. Killer Joe is a grubby blast of amoral fun featuring a revelatory turn by Matthew McConaughey as the titular Joe; a […]

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Love fool – A Royal Affair review

A Royal Affair – Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Rated M. Originally published June 8, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Nikolaj Arcel‘s A Royal Affair doesn’t quite have the potency of a fleeting, passionate romance, so much as it mimics the drawn-out dissolution of a relationship. There are spurts of sordid sensuality and an intense, jaw-clenching climax, but […]

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Interview: Miguel Gomes (Tabu)

Interview: Miguel Gomes (Tabu). By Simon Miraudo. “When you can be moved by things that are unbelievable, that’s when cinema starts to be really interesting for me.” Miguel Gomes‘ beguiling Tabu won the Alfred Bauer Prize for Artistic Innovation and the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival this year, and is set […]

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Transformer – Holy Motors review (Sydney Film Festival)

Holy Motors – Starring Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, and Kylie Minogue. Directed by Leos Carax. By Richard Haridy. Holy Motors played the Sydney Film Festival. It arrives in Australian cinemas August 23, 2012. Holy Motors is a bewildering, indescribably wonderful film that reminded me why I fell in love with cinema. Leos Carax’s fifth feature […]

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In memoriam – Tabu review (Sydney Film Festival)

Tabu – Starring Teresa Madruga, Ana Moreira, and Carloto Cotta. Directed by Miguel Gomes. By Simon Miraudo. Tabu played the Sydney Film Festival. It does not yet have an Australian release date. Miguel Gomes‘ Tabu plays like a dream, but not in the David Lynchian fashion that has come to define the cinematic depiction of […]

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Cutting satire – Excision review (Sydney Film Festival)

Excision – Starring AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, and Ariel Winter. Directed by Richard Bates Jr. By Simon Miraudo. Excision played the Sydney Film Festival. It does not yet have an Australian release date. Richard Bates Jr.‘s Excision is the kind of grotesque, low-budget, oddball fare that only gets its due in film festivals, and/or basements […]

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Rambling – On the Road review (Sydney Film Festival)

On the Road – Starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart. Directed by Walter Salles. By Simon Miraudo. On the Road played the Sydney Film Festival. It does not yet have an Australian release date. I had endeavoured to finally read Jack Kerouac’s legendary, Beat Generation-defining novel On the Road before watching the long-awaited film […]

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General admissions – Liberal Arts review (Sydney Film Festival)

Liberal Arts – Starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, and Richard Jenkins. Directed by Josh Radnor.  By Richard Haridy. Liberal Arts plays the Sydney Film Festival on June 15, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release date. In Liberal Arts, Josh Radnor (Ted from How I Met Your Mother) continues to go the Woody […]

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Beautiful, if not so bold – Brave review (Sydney Film Festival)

Brave – Featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, and Billy Connolly. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Brave played the Sydney Film Festival. It opens in Australia June 21, 2012. Disney Pixar’s Brave is the powerhouse studio’s first non-sequel since 2009, and a marked improvement over Cars […]

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Interview: Maïwenn (Polisse)

Interview: Maïwenn (Polisse). By Simon Miraudo. Mononymous French filmmaker Maïwenn is one of Europe’s most promising directors thanks to her recent effort Polisse; a sprawling, ensemble drama about the men and women of France’s Child Protection Unit, and the endless stream of depressing cases they face each day. She’s perhaps best known for her work […]

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Think of the children – Polisse review (Sydney Film Festival)

Polisse  – Starring Joeystarr, Marina Foïs, and Maïwenn. Directed by Maïwenn. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Polisse plays the Sydney Film Festival on June 12 and 13. It arrives in Australian cinemas June 28, 2012. Polisse is a fantastically compelling and complex portrait of the men and women who devote their days to the safety […]

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Little terrors – Bully review (Sydney Film Festival)

Bully – Directed by Lee Hirsch. By Simon Miraudo. Bully plays the Sydney Film Festival on June 12, 2012. It opens in Australian cinemas August 23. Much ink has been spilled over Lee Hirsch‘s documentary Bully, which is peculiar because the film never presents us with any revelations that elicit anything beyond: “Well, duh.” It doesn’t […]

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All kidding aside – Not Suitable for Children review (Sydney Film Festival)

Not Suitable for Children – Starring Ryan Kwanten, Sarah Snook, and Ryan Corr. Directed by Peter Templeman. By Simon Miraudo. Not Suitable for Children played the Sydney Film Festival. It opens in Australian cinemas July 12, 2012. Peter Templeman‘s feature debut Not Suitable for Children is a genial and occasionally very funny romantic comedy with […]

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Youth group – Lore review (Sydney Film Festival)

Lore – Starring Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina, and Nele Trebs. Directed by Cate Shortland. By Simon Miraudo. Lore plays the Sydney Film Festival on June 10, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release date. The history books are written by the winners. Cate Shortland considers what happens to the rest in her devastating World […]

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Looking for a sign – Jeff, Who Lives at Home review (Sydney Film Festival)

Jeff, Who Lives at Home – Starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Jay and Mark Duplass. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Jeff, Who Lives at Home plays the Sydney Film Festival on June 16, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release. Jason Segel stars in Jeff, Who Lives at […]

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Wild thing – Beasts of the Southern Wild review (Sydney Film Festival)

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, and Gina Montana. Directed by Benh Zeitlin. By Simon Miraudo. Beasts of the Southern Wild played the Sydney Film Festival. It hits Australian cinemas September 13, 2012. Beasts of the Southern Wild is steeped in culture; an American landmark that will perhaps one day […]

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Interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair)

Interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair). By Simon Miraudo. Danish actor Mikkel Boe Følsgaard makes his feature film debut in Nikolaj Arcel‘s A Royal Affair, starring as notorious King of Denmark Christian VII. Not only was he faced with the difficult task of portraying a historical figure dismissed today as simply “the mad king,” […]

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Love fool – A Royal Affair review (Sydney Film Festival)

A Royal Affair – Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. A Royal Affair plays the Sydney Film Festival on June 9 and 15. It opens in Australian cinemas June 21, 2012. Nikolaj Arcel‘s A Royal Affair doesn’t quite have the potency of a fleeting, […]

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First glimpse at 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival line-up

The war between Sydney and Melbourne rages on! With only 24 hours to go until the Sydney Film Festival kicks into gear, the team behind the Melbourne International Film Festival have snuck in and previewed some of the features headed to Victoria this year. Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Amour, and Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern […]

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Trailer Debut: Amour

The trailer for Michael Haneke‘s Palme d’Or winner Amour debuts online and it’s as powerful and elegant as we expected. After winning the Palme d’Or in 2009 with his previous film The White Ribbon, no one expected Michael Haneke to score another so quickly. But win another he did. Amour premiered at Cannes recently to […]

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Michael Haneke’s Amour wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

Michael Haneke has claimed his second Palme d’Or, taking home the top prize at the 65th Cannes Film Festival for Amour. Haneke was previously awarded the trophy in 2009 for his black-and-white examination of festering evil in The White Ribbon. The 2012 jury – headed by Italian director Nanni Moretti – did not reach a unanimous […]

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