FILM REVIEW: HEART OF A LION (LEIJONASYDÄN)

  Heart Of A Lion (Leijonasydän) is a Finnish drama that asks the question, “Should you be ruled your head or by your heart?” It’s an age-old conflict and yet, this film manages to deal with this along with two sensitive and timely topics (racism and nationalism). Directed by Dome Karukoski, Heart Of A Lion is ultimately a provocative,…

FILM REVIEW: YVES SAINT LAURENT

  The late, French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent will be the subject of two different biopics this year. The first is the eponymously-titled one from actor-turned-director, Jalil Lespert and is perhaps the most authentic film, as it had the full support of Saint Laurent’s lover and business partner. Pierre Bergé lent original outfits, designs, and sketches (not to mention his…

LIVE REVIEW: THE BEATLE BOYS @ STATE THEATRE (21.06.2014)

  It was fifty years ago today that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Not quite, but it has been that long since The Beatles did their first and only tour of Australia. The tribute band, The Beatle Boys would recreate their 1964 set as well as play another full set of classics, favourites and some obscure songs…

FILM REVIEW: THE GOLD SPINNERS

  Peedu Ojamaa once had the world’s greatest job. He was the founder and boss of the only commercial film studio in the Soviet Union at a time when the iron curtain ruled and there was a strictly planned economy. Advertisements were unnecessary as there was a shortage of goods due to government controls, but these…

INTERVIEW: DIRECTOR, ADAM COOK ON A DOLL’S HOUSE

  Former Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adam Cook, will be adapting and directing Henrik Ibsen’s classic play A Doll’s House as part of the Seymour’s Reginald 2014 season and in collaboration with the independent theatre company, Sport for Jove. Natalie Salvo spoke to Adam about the production, which opens July 17th… How would you…

FILM REVIEW: WATERMARK

  Humans need water. People are also made of water. And we affect water. The documentary, Watermark looks at the different experiences that society has with water, from celebration to pure science; from duress to progress and through spirituality and work, the many facets of this subject are covered by this ambitious project. But audiences will be…

FILM REVIEW: DIOR & I

  Dior & I could be renamed “Dior & Co.” or “Dior & Us”. The documentary film goes behind the scenes at the French fashion house as the new creative director for Dior Haute Couture, Raf Simons prepares his debut collection. After John Galliano was unceremoniously fired amid controversy (he’d made anti-Semitic comments at a Parisian café), the…

FILM REVIEW: GABRIELLE

  The theme of two lovers kept apart from their families or individual circumstances is hardly anything new. But Gabrielle is a film that deals with another rarely discussed subject and one that is infrequently depicted in cinemas. It is the love lives of the disabled and this film shows this with dignity and for the most…

FILM REVIEW: LES PLAGES D’AGNÈS (THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS)

  Agnès Varda – the Grand Dame of French New Wave Cinema – has lived one rich and vibrant life. And in Les plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès) this is captured perfectly. The film is a strange documentary that is helmed by the doyenne art house director and lovable eccentric, as she candidly takes us by the…

FILM REVIEW: PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS

  Pulp are a band of the people. So it should come as no surprise that the film about their last concert performance in their Sheffield hometown is at times more about their fans and the locals then the self-deprecating group itself. Florian Habicht’s (Love Story) documentary, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets plays out like a humorous…