Category Archives: Melbourne International Film Festival

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

MIFF 2013 progress report #1: Manila in the Claws of Light & Monsoon Shootout

A couple of weeks ago I posted on the films I was planning to check out as part of the Melbourne International Festival. Yesterday I ticked off my first two choices, the Indian noir Monsoon Shootout and Manila in the Claws … 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