Category Archives: Crime fiction and film from China

MIFF progress report #3: A Touch of Sin and Call Girl

The third and final part of my report back from the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) looks at the Chinese film A Touch of Sin and Call Girl, a Swedish neo noir set in the early seventies. First up, Call … Continue reading

Crime time at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) approaches and, and as was the case in 2012, the good people at MIFF HQ have been good enough to give me media accreditation to cover some of the crime films on the program. … Continue reading

Writing noir fiction in Asia

Late last week in Phnom Penh a book was launched that I’m very proud to have a story in. It’s called Phnom Penh Noir, an anthology of 14 noir stories set in Cambodia. Amongst the authors are Roland Joffe, the … Continue reading

Pulp Friday: spy pulp part 2, Assignment Asia

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of James Bond, last week’s Pulp Friday was a selection of spy themed pulp covers. This week’s post takes us to one of the main battlegrounds for pulp spies in the sixties and seventies – … Continue reading

The Shanghai Gesture

Melbourne Cinematheque is currently screening a series of films by the legendary Viennese-born auteur Joseph von Sternberg. It’s as good an opportunity as any to post this great review of one of the strangest and most powerful film noirs I have … Continue reading