All posts by Katy Chamoun

Melbourne International Film Festival Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (USA/UK, 2017) is the product of skilful filmmaking

It’s not often that an art-house thriller comes together so perfectly to create an unsettling horror capable of antagonising your thoughts even after you’ve walked out the cinema doors. But that is exactly what The Killing of a Sacred Deer does, the fifth feature film of Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. As a darkly comic rendition of an ancient Greek tragedy, the myth of Iphigenia, Lanthimos creates this body of work with a sinister flair that explores the role of accountability and vengeance in our modern world.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Certain Women (USA, 2016) proves Kelly Reichardt the master of quiet filmmaking

Proving to be the master of quiet filmmaking, Kelly Reichardt has established quite a name for herself within the independent cinematic industry. With slow-burning, patient films like Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, her newest picture follows the style of her preceding work. Certain Women, an adaptation of short stories by Maile Meloy, shows Reichardt provide contemplative and powerful observations on the lives of women.... Continue Reading

MIFF Review: Sonita (Iran, 2015) offers a lot to contemplate

All too often, the scene of refugees fleeing from the religious violence of Afghanistan and the Taliban is a common image to appear on our television screens and the news publications that slips into our Facebook feeds. The documentary filmmaker, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, uncovers a more distressing cultural issue ingrained within Afghani traditions of the misogynistic and patriarchal culture where young women are sold to men in marriage.... Continue Reading

MIFF Review: Certain Women (USA, 2016) is a quiet, gentle piece of cinema

Proving to be the master of quiet filmmaking, Kelly Reichardt has established quite a name for herself within the independent cinematic industry. With slow-burning, patient films like Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, her newest picture follows the style of her preceding work. Certain Women, an adaptation of short stories by Maile Meloy, shows Reichardt provide contemplative and powerful observations on the lives of women.... Continue Reading

MIFF Review: Chevalier (Greece, 2015) is a hilarious critique of the male-ego

It’s been said that being at sea tests the limits of friendship and one’s own character. Add a touch of boredom mixed with an abundance of male-ego and you have yourself a manhood-measuring-contest that walks the thin line of manners, morality, and absolute absurdity. Chevalier is a funny and insightful exposé of the masculinity and vulnerability of Greek men, spectacularly captured by Athina Rachel Tsangari, director of Attenburg and producer of Dogtooth.... Continue Reading

Aussie actor Ben O’Toole among new cast members for Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots film

It’s an international affair as English actor Will Poulter (The Revenant, The Maze Runner), Aussie actor Ben O’Toole (The Water Diviner), and Irish actor Jack Reynor (Sing Street) have been announced to join John Boyega (The Force Awakens) in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film regarding the 1967 Detroit Riots. The news was first reported earlier this week, exclusively by Variety.... Continue Reading