Film & TV

ABC iView reveal new miniseries Soundtrack To Our Teenage Zombie Apocalypse

August 15, 2022

What do you do when you get trapped in an abandoned building during a zombie apocalypse? Write a song about it, of course. ABC iView have today revealed the exclusive new miniseries Soundtrack To Our Teenage Zombie Apocalypse (STOTZA for short). The 10 half-hour-episode feature follows four teenage musicians on a mission to win triple […]

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Flux Gourmet is a kinky delight with one helluva cautionary message to boot: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 13, 2022

Nobody quite does obscure like director Peter Strickland.  Finding that delicious balance between eccentric and perverse, Flux Gourmet – set over a month-long period in an institute for sonic caterers (yes, that’s a thing) – is perhaps his funniest yet, indulging in the mischief that comes with his unique blend of deadpan dialogue and a […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see Bosch & Rockit starring Luke Hemsworth

August 13, 2022

Thanks to Madman Films we have 10 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see the new Australian comedy/drama Bosch & Rockit, starring Luke Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas and Rasmus King. In the late summer along the Australian coast, young father Bosch hits the road in a hurry to avoid a run in with the law. In […]

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Victim is an effectively suggestive thriller detailing domestic disturbance: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 12, 2022

Throughout Victim‘s 14 minute running time, the tension laid forth by writer/director Robin Summons is near-unbearable as it traces a radicalised teenager and his increasingly concerned mother. Offspring favourite Kat Stewart brings a sweet yet stern nature to the role of Chrissy, a single mother whose seeming one wish is to have a collected dinner […]

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Interview: Kat Graham on her intense role in ensemble thriller Collide; “It is therapeutic to see a character fight back”

August 11, 2022

Chronicling three couples over the course of one fateful night in an LA restaurant, Collide is a gripping new thriller from writer/director Mukunda Michael Dewil. Ahead of the film’s On Demand release in the United States, Peter Gray spoke with one of the film’s stars, actress and singer Kat Graham, about her intense turn as […]

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Film Review: Jordan Peele expertly weaves a blockbuster mentality with a grounded terror in Nope

August 10, 2022

It’s understandable to be going into a film like Nope and be expecting horror greatness, given that it’s stemming from the mind of Jordan Peele, who, with both Get Out and Us, redefined the genre with his “woke” sensibilities and penchant for symbolism and commentary. Ominous alien invasion is seemingly what’s promised here.  The trailers […]

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Interview: Brandon Perea on Jordan Peele altering the script of Nope for him; “I’m glad I was able to inspire enough”

August 9, 2022

Not every actor can claim that a script was re-written to tailor to their talents.  Especially not one from an Academy Award winning scribe like Jordan Peele.  And not for an actor that is yet to be a household name. But this was the case for rising talent Brandon Perea (Netflix’s The OA), whose breakthrough […]

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Interview: Director Jordan Peele and the cast of Nope – Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun

August 9, 2022

Following the commercial and critical success of both Get Out and Us, audiences have now come to expect genre greatness from comedian-turned-horror-auteur Jordan Peele. Adopting his own fresh spin on the classic UFO subgenre of science-fiction-leaning horror, Peele’s latest opus Nope is looking to soar into Australian cinemas this week, but, to be expected, all […]

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Emily the Criminal is someone we shouldn’t root for, but thanks to Aubrey Plaza we do: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 9, 2022

They say crime doesn’t pay, but whoever stated as such may want to have a chat with the titular criminal in John Patton Ford‘s scrappy, oft intense thriller, one that furthers Aubrey Plaza‘s hold on chaos personified characters in the off-kilter subsect of cinema. Plaza’s Emily is a former art student with a $70,000 debt […]

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Watcher is a dread-filled effort that plays on the terrors of voyeurism: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 9, 2022

A thriller that both leans into the formulaic mentality of the genre whilst simultaneously hoping to combat it, Watcher, from director Chloe Okuno (V/H/S/ 94), is a dread-filled effort that plays on the terrors of voyeurism. Gorgeously shot, though consistently lingering with uncertainty, Watcher lays focus on Julia (Maika Monroe, always a welcome presence in […]

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Incredible But True is a tight-paced twilight-zoned comedy that’s brilliantly ridiculous: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 8, 2022

The type of filmmaker who’s able to create stories so bombastically silly that they are somewhat brilliant, Quentin Dupieux once again expresses straight-faced frivolity in Incredible But True, a tightly-paced (a lean 74 minutes) twilight-zoned comedy that, somehow, is one of his more level-headed features in spite of its ludicrous plot. Said ludicrous plot revolves […]

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Film Review: Thirteen Lives is a tense dramatization of one of this century’s most triumphant rescue efforts

August 7, 2022

In June of 2018 when thirteen members of a Thai boys’ soccer team were trapped underground in a cave that flooded out through early monsoon rains, it didn’t take long for the story rights to be snapped up by various studio heads, all looking for their own take on an initially tragic then, thankfully, happily […]

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Dual is an unpredictable, comedically dry sci-fi effort that wins off Karen Gillan’s dual performances: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 6, 2022

With its mix of deadpan satire and high concept sci-fi – comparisons to Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2015 dystopian black comedy The Lobster feel imminent – Dual may be an off-putting experiment to many who can’t readily accept Riley Stearns‘ mentality.  It certainly helps that the film is headlined by the wonderful Karen Gillan though, delivering two […]

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Mass is a sickeningly uncomfortable and agonising drama about the aftermath of a school shooting: Melbourne International Film Festival Review

August 5, 2022

An agonising drama if ever there was one, Mass details the type of conversation that instantly makes you feel sickeningly uncomfortable.  And then to watch it unfold in a suffocating location for 110 minutes is a test of endurance that audiences may be unprepared for. The tragedy at the centre of the conversation is one […]

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Film Review: Prey is one of the best pure genre films of the year that does the Predator franchise proud

August 5, 2022

Set in the 16th century America, Prey tells the story of Naru (Amber Midthunder), a young warrior from the Comanche Nation who wants to prove her mettle in her tribe to become a hunter. She faces much discrimination from her tribe due to patriarchal norms and the like, while her brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers) is […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see Jordan Peele’s Nope

August 4, 2022

Thanks to Universal Pictures we have 5 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see Jordan Peele‘s latest horror opus Nope, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun. After random objects falling from the sky result in the death of their father, ranch-owning siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood attempt to capture video evidence of an […]

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Interview: Director David Leitch on fusing the action and broad comedy of Bullet Train; “Bigger doesn’t always mean bad”

August 4, 2022

Having cut his teeth as a stunt performer for stars such as Jean Claude Van Damme and Brad Pitt over the years, David Leitch knew what it took to perfect the action stakes when he took on the role as genre director. Following a co-directing stint on the first John Wick film, before graduating to […]

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Film Review: Bullet Train is brutal, tongue-in-cheek fun guided by a bombastically charming Brad Pitt

August 3, 2022

The Hitman Vs. Assassin subsect of the action genre is one that rarely deviates from its rather tried and true formula; aside from a hefty injection of cash and a star-studded cast, something as recent as Netflix’s throwaway actioner The Gray Man is proof that the genre, even in 2022, seems comfortable resting on its […]

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Interview: Robert Patrick on respecting the acting process when making What Josiah Saw

August 3, 2022

One of the most recognisable presences within film, Robert Patrick has been dominating the screen with his oft-villainous and authoritative roles for nearly four decades now. Best known for his turn as T-2 in the groundbreaking Terminator 2: Judgement Day, as well as such films as Cop Land, Charlies Angels: Full Throttle, Walk the Line, […]

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Film Review: What Josiah Saw subverts our horror expectations with a brutal subtlety

August 2, 2022

Though What Josiah Saw may include rather expected tropes of the haunted gothic subsect of the horror genre, Vincent Grashaw‘s self-contained chiller continually subverts our expectations with a brutal eeriness that’s likely to divide its audience between those who are enveloped by its slow burn mentality and those who prefer their horrors far less subtle. […]

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Interview: Brianne Tju on making Gone in the Night, the comfort of the horror genre, and the “beautiful experience” of working with Winona Ryder

August 1, 2022

Quickly earning the title of “new generation scream queen” is something that Brianne Tju seems to be wholeheartedly embracing, and her continued foray into the darker subsects of the genre are only further cementing her status. Having slashed and screamed her way through the streaming series’ of both Scream and I Know What You Did […]

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Interview: Australian filmmaker Kriv Stenders on directing Lee Kernaghan’s concert film Boy From The Bush; “His story is still being told”

July 28, 2022

Part concert film and part road movie celebrating the life and music of multi-award winning and much loved Australian country music artist Lee Kernaghan, Boy From The Bush is a unique and personal insight into one of the country’s most celebrated artists. Ahead of the film’s local release, Peter Gray spoke with its director, Kriv […]

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Among Us

Taiwan Film Fest Review: Among Us is an intimate look at the daily lives of those on the spectrum

July 28, 2022

They say if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. Director, Lin Cheng-Sheng’s latest film certainly confirms this by offering up the stories of four young men who are on the spectrum. The result is a touching fly-on-the-wall documentary. Cheng-Sheng is no stranger to this particular subject matter. In 2010 […]

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Interview: Director Andrew Traucki on changing the expected narrative of his shark thriller The Reef: Stalked

July 27, 2022

Having directed the landmark 2010 shark thriller The Reef and the similarly themed Blackwater and Blackwater: Abyss, Andrew Traucki is no stranger when it comes to navigating the murky waters of the creature feature. However, for the upcoming sequel The Reef: Stalked, the acclaimed director wanted to do more than just retread similar water, instead […]

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Film Review: A brilliant Jodie Comer indicts the legal system in NT Live’s triumphant Prima Facie

July 23, 2022

Trigger warning: Sexual assault Prima Facie tells the story of Tessa (Jodie Comer), a young, tenacious and determined barrister who is at the prime of her career. With a sharp mind and an ironclad belief in the word of the law, she has never lost a case. Even when working on cases that would trigger […]

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Interview: Ethan Hawke on embracing his horrific character in The Black Phone; “The unknown is where a lot of the fear lives”

July 20, 2022

It would seem in Hollywood, the nicer you are, the more evil you’re able to play.  So, it would make sense that Ethan Hawke, continually referred to as one of the industry’s nicest guys, would excel so at portraying the embodiment of terror. Reuniting with his Sinister director Scott Derrickson, Hawke’s portrayal of child abductor […]

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Interview: The Black Phone stars Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw on navigating emotion and levity on a horror set

July 20, 2022

Are you ready to answer the call? Arriving in Australian cinemas this week (you can read our review here), The Black Phone is the latest horror outing from acclaimed genre director Scott Derrickson, a supernaturally inclined chiller about a sadistic child killer (dubbed “The Grabber”) whose latest victim turns the tables on him when the […]

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Film Review: Where the Crawdads Sing laces its dirty setting with a filtered gloss

July 19, 2022

Where the Crawdads Sing seemed like the type of film primed for success before it was even released.  Delia Owens‘ 2018 novel was one of those reads that became the prose to intake during its first run (boosted by Reese Witherspoon‘s Hello Sunshine bookclub pick), leading it to be crowned the best-selling fiction title of […]

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History-making comedy Bros and the anticipated Knives Out sequel to premiere at TIFF ’22

July 17, 2022

As cinephiles eagerly await the official schedule on August 23rd, the 47th annual Toronto International Film Festival has announced its first slew of premiere titles for its first in-person celebration following two years of pandemic-disrupted programming. 11 days of international and Canadian cinema, special events featuring some of the biggest names in film, and TIFF’s […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see The Black Phone starring Ethan Hawke

July 13, 2022

Thanks to Universal Pictures, we have 5 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see the chilling new horror film The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange). The phone is dead. And it’s ringing.  Director Scott Derrickson returns to his terror roots and partners again with the foremost brand […]

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