All posts by Mohini Herse

Melbourne International Film Festival: Ernie Biscuit (Australia, 2015)

From the maker of Oscar Winning Harvie Krumpet (2003) and Mary and Max (2009), claymation pioneer Adam Elliot brings to screen his next installation of the little blobs of clay which he has so strongly attached himself and his career to. Running for 21mins Ernie Biscuit tells the tale of a how deaf Parisian Taxidermist, Ernée Bisquet finds love in the most unlikely of places. ... Continue Reading

Melbourne International Film Festival: Magic Magic (Chile/USA, 2013)

As part of their Retrospective program, MIFF has re released Chilean director Sebastian Silva’s 2013 psychological horror Magic Magic. The film has a classic horror premise: a group of young people road trip out to some far off island location with no reception and relatively detached from the world. Cue chaos. But even though this may seem like a familiar story I urge you to disregard the horror/ psychological thriller stamp that was used to market this film to hollywood and instead view it as a clever, claustrophobic and chilling drama. ... Continue Reading

Melbourne International Film Festival: Two Shots Fired (Argentina, 2014)

With apparently no story arc, protagonist or resolution, Two Shots Fired moves away from conventional story structure and becomes an observational film focusing on events and physical journeys and location, rather than a personal exposition. Directed by Martin Rejtman, this Argentinian film dwells on the mundane happenings of life with an array of commonplace events. This realignment of narrative storytelling offers an almost voyeuristic look into the “everyday” exposing silence and movement which unfurl in between. ... Continue Reading

Melbourne International Film Festival Review: 808 (UK, 2015)

Alexander Dunn’s expositional documentary 808 takes its name from the Roland TR-808, one of the first programmable drum machines. Originally manufactured in early 1980 for studio musicians to record demos, the 808 was criticized for its unrealistic drum sound and was likened to the sound of marching ants. However, the snappy, tinny sound of the 808 found its home with emerging, innovative DJs and producers who would come to use, hack and transform the unique beat of the 808 and ultimately shape it into the sound of Hip Hop we know it today.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Daft Punk’s Electroma (France, 2006) – Special ACMI Screening

Daft Punk’s 2006 directorial debut Electroma is a step away from previous pop- film collaborations such as Discovery 2003 to a more surreal and conceptual journey. Running for 74 minutes without dialogue, Electroma follows the journey of a robot duo who try to achieve humanness. If there was any doubt that the robots desired to become human, well, they had a rather obvious car plate which read “human”, get the message now? These robots are undoubtedly supposed to represent the duo Daft punk themselves as they wear the silver and gold helmets so recognised with the duo and also don leather jackets studded with “Daft Punk”. And so, the film can sometimes appear to be overly didactic and for such a conceptual and experimental film it definitely does not hesitate to spoon feed audiences, which I found to be a bit counter intuitive. ... Continue Reading

Film Review: Eden (France, 2014) – Special ACMI Screening

When faced with the challenge of representing over 20 years of the evolution of “French Touch”, a music genre inspired by American Garage, it can be difficult to know where to start. Directed by french auteur Mia Hansen-Love and co-written with her DJ brother Sven Love, Eden is somewhat an autobiographical film taking inspiration from Love’s personal journey as a Parisian Garage DJ duo through the 90s and early 2000s. ... Continue Reading

Film Review: Interstella 5555 (France, 2003) – Special ACMI Screening

Interstella 5555 is the result of a collaboration between french House duo Daft Punk with Anime legend Leiji Matsumoto, and director Kazuhisa Takenouchi. It’s hard to define what makes this eclectic, feature length animated album collaboration so engrossing. Is it the melodramatic narrative with visuals that hit the House beats again and again? The satisfying strobing of pitch perfect images with classic Anime sci-fi tropes? The electric guitar shaped space ship?! Whatever it is, this colourful spectacle is possibly one of the coolest things ever produced and insert: “they don’t make music videos like they used to”.... Continue Reading

Review: NT Live presents Man and Superman (UK, 2015)

Man and Super Man, distributed by the National Theatre, is spectacular epic with torrential dialogue and entertaining albeit reverential musings on the human condition. Written in 1903 by Bernard Shaw and then subsequently deemed “unstageable”, this seemingly untameable three hour epic has been breathed to life with the patient, clever and guiding adaptation of Sam Godwin. However the literal “breath” of this play comes from the explosive performance of Ralph Fiennes in his portrayal of Jack Tanner, a provocative, stubborn bachelor, who against his will has been been named joint Guardian of Ann, a manipulative charmer, played by the wonderful Indira Varma.... Continue Reading