All posts by Larry Heath

Director Boon Joon-Ho on bringing Okja to life, and the creative freedoms of Netflix

Netflix’s new film Okja hits the streaming service this Thursday, a film whose director Bong Joon-Ho has citied George Miller’s Babe: Pig in the City amongst its influences. With the acclaimed Korean director in Sydney for the Sydney Film Festival, where Okja sat as the closing film, I caught up with the man himself (and his translator) to talk about bringing the film – and its larger-than-life namesake. A super pig like no other.... Continue Reading

The Iris names the five best films of the 2017 Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival has come to a close for another year – and with it come all the great memories of the films that surprised us, inspired us and left us wishing the event would never end. Alas, it has – but here are five films we’re taking away with us as the best of the festival.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Wild Mouse (Austria, 2017) spectacularly spirals down the rabbit hole of the modern mid-life crisis

Making his directorial debut, penning the script and holding the starring role, Austrian actor Josef Hader has impressed festivals around the world with the dark comedy Wild Mouse – which has had its Australian premiere this week as part of the Sydney Film Festival.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Rough Night (USA, 2017) brings plenty of laughs from a strong cast in a disjointed dark comedy

Lazily touted in headlines as “The Hangover for women” by writers who couldn’t possibly find another film to compare it to from the last decade (Bachelorette or Bridesmaids immediately come to mind, both of which were also compared to The Hangover at the time of release – hell, even Bad Moms was!), Rough Night is a dark comedy bringing together three of the funniest actors working today – Jillian Bell (Workaholics, 22 Jump Street), Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and Kate McKinnon (SNL, Office Christmas Party) – alongside the talented Zoë Kravitz and Scarlett Johansson, for a stab at the “let’s see how bad things can get for our lovable main characters on a night out” genre.... Continue Reading

The Mummy (USA, 2017) Director Alex Kurtzman talks about launching the Dark Universe, Russell Crowe and that airplane scene

The Mummy Director Alex Kurtzman sits down in Australia with The Iris’s Larry Heath to talk about bringing Russell Crowe into the Dark Universe, the responsibility on him to launch the new cinematic series, working with Sofia Boutella, *that* airplane scene and more. Watch our full interview here:... Continue Reading

Seventeen things we learned about director Oliver Stone in his Vivid Ideas appearance

Helping kick off the first weekend of Vivid Ideas today was one of the biggest names to ever grace the event – iconic director Oliver Stone, who spoke with Margaret Pomeranz in front of a sold out crowd at Sydney’s City Recital Hall as part of the event’s “Game-Changers” series that also includes Shepard Farey on June 17th and Jonah Peretti, who spoke in the same venue earlier in the afternoon. ... Continue Reading

Interview: Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites on acting with Johnny Depp & joining the Pirates universe on home soil

In cinemas today, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth film in the hugely successful series, and the first to be filmed here in Australia. Joining the cast – alongside fellow Australians like Geoffrey Rush – was rising star Brenton Thwaites, who plays Will Turner’s son Henry in the film. Will Turner, of course, is played by Orlando Bloom in the series.... Continue Reading

Win a double pass to see Wilson at the Palace Nova Cinemas in Adelaide

One film we’re particularly excited about here at The Iris is Wilson, a new comedy staring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern and Judy Greer which hits select cinemas on Thursday, May 25th. The film chronicles the life of a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man (Harrelson), as he reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.... Continue Reading