Reviews

MDFF Review: Wongar

Wongar is available to stream on demand as part of the 2020 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. This observational documentary is a look into the life of the titular Serbian-Australian writer. Born Sreten ...

MDFF Review: Batman and Me

Batman and Me is screening as part of the 2020 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. If you spend any time in nerdy circles you get exposed to plenty of obsessive collectors. I know guys who have sunk unholy...

MDFF Review: Strangers to the World

Strangers to the World is screening as part of the 2020 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. The big problem that Strangers to the World faces is that it’s coming to us after the release of A Hidden Life la...

The King of Staten Island (2020)

When you use that title structure, you’re kind of making a promise to your audience, whether they’re conscious of it or not. The obvious allusion is to 1972’s The King of Marvin Gardens, Bob Rafelson’s down...

Harriet (2019)

Study enough history and you quickly cotton on to the fact that the real world takes leaps of plausibility that fiction writers would balk at. And so it is with the story of real-life heroine Harriet Tubman: e...

Resistance (2020)

Frankly, the story of famed mime Marcel Marceau’s World War II-era exploits as a member of the French Jewish should pack more of a punch. On a purely conceptual level, the logline alone promises narrative gold...

Dead Hands Dig Deep

In the annals of shock rock, Edwin Borsheim, lead singer of Californian extreme metal band Kettle Cadaver, is a relatively unknown commodity. Now, thanks to the work of young Australian filmmaker, Jai Love, he ...

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

One from the vaults. Given that X-Press Magazine have once again rejigged their website, a lot of the work I did for them over the course of six years has vanished into the ether, so if I've still got drafts fl...