20,000 Days On Earth, Palo Alto08/14/14
Does an authorised documentary about a public figure necessarily end up a hagiography, devoid of insight? Or can collaborations between filmmakers and famous subjects deliver authentic, unguarded moments? This is the question pertinent to a new film...
As the Melbourne International Film Festival unfolds in its first week, artistic director Michelle Carey discusses one of her picks from the line-up - Philippe Garrel's Jealousy. Plus, is Luc Besson's Lucy a wake up call for the male dominated,...
These Final Hours, The Selfish Giant, A Most Wanted man
What is the appeal of witnessing our own demise on screen? The Apocalypse is a subject that fascinates filmmakers, and this week doomsday comes to Perth in These Final Hours, a film that has an almost biblical sense of comeuppance for the mining boom...
Deliver Us From Evil, Eric Bana
What happens when genres lose their potency and become empty cliches? This week a new film about exorcism, Deliver Us From Evil, highlights just how difficult it is for filmmakers trying to reinvigorate well worn material. And we meet its star,...
Charlie's Country, Emmanuelle Seigner
There’s a lot of goodwill around Rolf de Heer’s new film Charlie’s Country, about an Aboriginal elder who goes bush and battles alcoholism.
Apes, All This Mayhem, The Lunchbox
Can CGI special effects be too realistic? Do blockbuster directors spend too much time designing monsters and explosions at the computer, and not enough time thinking how to make us feel? This week technique and emotion are not happy bedfellows in the...
Jersey Boys, Calvary
A new film starring Brendan Gleeson as a country priest looks at the frayed relationship between the Irish and the Catholic Church. How does a man carry out the role of a cleric in a society that has become suspicious, and even antagonistic towards...
YSL, The Last Impresario, The Man Whose Mind Exploded
Filmed biographies, fact, fiction and myth. Yves Saint Laurent was both a fashion icon and darling of the French Left, and this year two separate biopics attempt to dramatise his story. But how well can you portray an icon when his powerful allies are...
Galore, The Two Faces of January
This week on the Final Cut The Two Faces of January, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith thriller set in the early 1960s about American tourists in Greece who aren’t what they seem starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac. It’s the...
The Rover, Good Vibrations, James Benning
What would Australia look like as a third world economy? It’s a question that writer director David Michôd explores in his dystopian road movie The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, the follow up to his acclaimed gangland film Animal...
Edge of Tomorrow, Grace of Monaco, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre turns 40 this year. Ahead of the restored Sydney Film Festival screening, curator Richard Kuipers discusses why the slasher classic is a must see for film lovers. Plus, ex-husband and wife Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise are...
A Million Ways To Die In The West, The Trip To Italy
This week Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for a holiday of fine dining and dodgy celebrity impressions in The Trip to Italy, plus a conversation about how the recent Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson films are expressions of both directors’ personal...
Snowpiercer, Ida, My Sweet Pepper Land
The artistic director of the Sydney Film Festival Nashen Moodley discusses Snowpiercer, the science fiction action movie set on a train starring Tilda Swinton. Plus, the Western gets a reworking in My Sweet Pepper Land, a film set in a Kurdish...
The Babadook, Healing
This week, two very different Australian films. Healing is an ambitious prison drama with an all-star local cast, but bites off more than it can chew. The Babadook is a low budget horror that's taut and focused. Writer-director Jennifer Kent discusses...
Chef, Child's Pose, The Broken Circle Breakdown
Parents, kids and a sea of emotion. Calin Peter Netzer, director of the Romanian film Child’s Pose speaks about how making a movie based on his own domineering mother was like therapy. Felix Van Groeningen discusses his Oscar nominated The Broken...
John Turturro, Young and Beautiful, 52 Tuesdays
Stories of sex and gender provoke and unsettle at the movies this week. Italian American actor, writer and director John Turturro discusseshis new film about a male prostitute, Fading Gigolo, co-starring Woody Allen. French writer director François...
Transcendence, Killer of Sheep, Like Father Like Son
Uploading the human brain. Johnny Depp stars in Transcendence, a sci fi horror story about a dead scientist given new life inside a super computer, that's a cautionary tale about the price to pay for disregarding the laws of nature. But in the wake of...
Ralph Fiennes, Only Lovers Left Alive
Sex, scandal and celebrity in the Victorian era. Ralph Fiennes - an actor who has excelled on the stage, screen and now behind the camera too - will be in to discuss his new film about Charles Dickens’s mistress, The Invisible Woman. Plus, put on your...
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Divergent, Charles Chauvel's Legacy
This week on The Final Cut, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is a caper movie inspired by the screwball classics, that’s also about border panic and fascism. Plus, discussing the Australian film pioneer Charles Chauvel with documentarian John...
The Lego Movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Lego Movie is the biggest film in the world right now – just this week becoming the first movie of 2014 to crack $400 million at the global box office. Made largely in Sydney by a company called Animal Logic, its Australian associate producer...
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