australian Film

Film Review: Promised is an unpolished dramedy that’s all about love

October 25, 2019

Australian cinema has already seen Ali and Muriel getting married (to other people) but Promised takes a different approach. This dramedy, set in the 1970’s, is a look at an arranged marriage, starring a pair of Italo-Australians. The results are an imperfect story that brims with real heart. It’s obvious that this independent film was […]

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Here’s a look at the six Australian films to screen at TIFF 2018

August 27, 2018

Six Australian films have been chosen for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). As one of the biggest publicly attended film festivals the TIFF has close ties to the US film industry. This poses a good chance of expanding the range of Australian film making to a world-wide audience, like former Toronto premieres (e.g. […]

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An interview with Jo-Anne Brechin and Claire Harris on their debut feature film Zelos

June 3, 2016

Zelos will be a breath of fresh air to Australian cinema. The upcoming Australian film to be helmed by new Australian face Jo-Anne Brechin and written by Claire Harris will be a female-led endeavor exploring the wreckful throes of contemporary romance. The Iris sent Fergus Halliday to get some insight on the films progression as it […]

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Win a double pass to see the new indie Australian comic drama Pawno

April 18, 2016

The big-hearted, character-driven ensemble film takes place in a dusty old pawnbroker’s in the heart of Footscray, where world-weary owner Les Underwood (John Brumpton) watches as the lives of people who come through his doors collide, change and unravel. From blossoming romance to desperate last gambles, these twelve individuals’ stories represent the best and the […]

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Gold Coast Film Festival Review: Broke (Australia, 2016)

April 1, 2016

It was NRL luminary Jack Gibson who said, “In football, if you are standing still, you’re going backwards fast“. These words are lived by Heath Davis’s lapsed hero Barry Kelly (played by Steve Le Marquand) and extend to the broader film in the suburban melancholy and missed opportunities of Australian redemption tale, Broke. Broke begins […]

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Gold Coast Film Festival Review: Observance (Australia, 2016)

March 30, 2016

Australia has played the crest to the wave of ‘indie horror’ films settling amongst international audiences. Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook was received as one of the best horror films of the decade, and the minimalist-horror ethos settles well with Australian roots in Outback Gothic; something that’s quite present in Joseph Sims-Dennett‘s Observance. The film follows […]

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