Rogue Nation, Caroll Spinney, Music films at MIFF07/30/15
The verdict on the mix of self parody and hyper masculinity in Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation, plus Caroll Spinney, the master puppeteer behind Sesame Street's Big Bird discusses the doco about his life and programmer Al Cossar picks some...
Far From Men, Remembering Omar
Before Omar Sharif was discovered by David Lean in Lawrence of Arabia, he already had a sizable body of work in Egypt. Cairo based Australian film scholar Ifdal Elsaket discusses the late actor’s early years before Hollywood. Plus, director David...
Ruben Guthrie, New Indies at MIFF, Women He's Undressed
Director Gillian Armstrong discusses her new documentary Women He's Undressed about an Australian cinema pioneer, the Kiama born Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly. Plus the verdict on Aussie comedy Ruben Guthrie and Melbourne International Film...
Magic Mike XXL, Jack Thompson, Mad Dog Morgan
Guest critics Philippa Hawker and Stephen Russell discuss the Magic Mike sequel. Plus, Jack Thompson and film scholar Jake Wilson discuss the 1970s bushranger classic starring Dennis Hopper, Mad Dog Morgan.
Is nostalgia ruining Hollywood? Terminator Genisys, Amy
Guest critic Cameron Williams wonders if a nostalgia wave is making Hollywood blockbusters boring. Plus Perth International Revelation Film Festival program director Jack Sargeant discusses three Australian premieres.
Mia Hansen-Løve, Far From The Madding Crowd, The Tales of...
Mia Hansen-Løve discusses her House music coming of age film Eden, critic David Stratton praises the newly restored classic The Tales of Hoffmann, plus a review of Far From The Madding Crowd.
The Crisis of Women In Film, Alex Gibney
Why are there so few women directors, producers and writers working in film and television? Film scholar Monica Davidson and director Gillian Armstrong give their views. Plus Alex Gibney discusses Going Clear, his documentary about the Church of...
Why should we engage with difficult cinema?
In this special edition, a panel discussion from the Sydney Film Festival about difficult cinema, and how one person’s 'difficult' is another person’s popcorn movie...
Strangerland, Slow West, Entourage
Director Kim Farrant discusses her debut feature Strangerland, the first lead role for Nicole Kidman in an Australian independent film for two decades. Plus ex-rock musician turned filmmaker John MacClean discusses his Scottish-New Zealand-Australian...
Tomorrowland, Partisan, Sydney Film Festival Preview Part 2
The verdict on Disney's ambitious teen sci fi adventure Tomorrowland, plus Australian director Ariel Kleiman discusses his debut feature Partisan and Sydney Film Festival documentary programmer Jenny Neighbour picks her favourites from the line-up.
Spy, Woman In Gold, Sydney Film Festival preview
Paul Feig directs Melissa McCarthy in their best comedy yet, Spy. Plus director Simon Curtis discusses The Woman Gold in which Helen Mirren is a Jewish refugee who reclaims a painting stolen by the Nazis and Sydney Film festival director Nashen...
Fury Road special with George Miller and John Seale
Director George Miller and cinematographer John Seale discuss the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Ex Machina, the films of...
Film and music critic Anwen Crawford discusses the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane Freebury talks about her new ebook on Australian director Rolf de Heer, plus a review of the science fiction film Ex Machina.
Juliette Binoche, Clouds of Sils Maria, Unfriended
French actress Juliette Binoche discusses how fiction and real life collide in writer director Olivier Assayas's mysterious new film Clouds of Sils Maria. Plus the new found footage horror film set entirely on a teenager's computer desktop, Unfriended.
Avengers: Age of Ultron, Matias Pineiro
As the new Avengers movie hits cinemas, guest critic Cam Williams discusses how the Marvel Universe has changed the model for blockbuster franchises. Plus Argentine director Matías Piñeiro discusses how the hybrid culture of his country informs his...
It Follows, While We're Young, Dave Kehr
This week a review of the new Noah Baumbach/Ben Stiller comedy While We're Young, an interview with composer Rich Vreeland on his retro-synth score for the low budget horror It Follows, plus MOMA film curator and critic Dave Kehr discusses the...
Juliano Salgado, Xavier Dolan
Juliano Salgado discusses Salt of the Earth, a documentary he made with Wim Wenders about his photographer father Sebastião. French Canadian director Xavier Dolan discusses beauty, poverty and motherhood in Mommy.
Are cinemas dying? Furious 7, Dior and I
Three guests discuss the past, present and future of watching movies in public: Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos; audience researcher and film scholar Deb Verhoeven and Sydney based programmer for the Golden Age, Kate Jinx. Plus why Furious...
Leviathan, Alan Rickman
Leviathan producer Alexander Rodnyansky talks about how the film has sparked controversy in Russia. Actor and director of A Little Chaos Alan Rickman discusses how Robert Altman's Nashville influenced him.
Yann Demange talks '71, Alex Ross Perry discusses his...
British director Yann Demange discusses toxic masculinity and contested history in his thriller set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, '71, American indie wunderkind Alex Ross Perry talks about his influences, plus a review of Love Is Strange.
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