Category Archives: Melbourne International Film Festival

Mud, madness and masculinity: William Friedkin’s Sorcerer

Perfect films usually only ever appear so in retrospect. A case in point is Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s 1977 reimagining of the Henri-Georges Clouzot 1953 classic, The Wages of Fear. The gloriously remastered print of Sorcerer, showing as part of the Melbourne International Film … Continue reading

My 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival top ten

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) kicks off in few days. As usual, there’s a packed program full of cinematic goodness. If you’re wanting to check some films out but are stumped as to what to see, here’s my ten … Continue reading

Screen memories & changing cinema culture

It wasn’t much to look at from the outside, but I loved the former Greater Union Cinema on Russell Street in Melbourne’s CBD. The large screens and cavernous interior, the way the floor sloped so no one was directly in … Continue reading

The Act of Killing: ‘We need gangsters to get things done’

From the first scene, a bizarre musical number involving dancers emerging from the mouth of a giant fish, to the last, an old man being physically sick at the memory of his actions (whether genuinely or not is unclear), The … Continue reading

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