All posts by Natalie Salvo

Sydney Film Festival Review: The Go-Betweens: Right Here (Australia, 2017) is a love letter to a seminal Aussie band

The story of The Go-Betweens had previously been largely untold save for Robert Forster’s autobiography, Grant & I. But the film, The Go-Betweens: Right Here is set to change that. It’s a wonderful music documentary that plays out like a love letter to a seminal, Australian band. It also dives head-first into the melodrama, adventure, mirth and madness that typified the group.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: To Stay Alive – A Method (Netherlands, 2016) is a quiet and thoughtful piece with Iggy Pop & Michel Houellebecq

Some people subscribe to the theory that you’ve got to suffer for your art. Two such individuals include the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop and the best-selling French novelist, Michel Houellebecq. In To Stay Alive – A Method the pair share a meeting of minds in a film that is artistic, experimental and semi-autobiographical and it’s one that will make you think twice about the idea of the starving artist.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Rumble (Canada, 2017) gives long-overdue credit to American Indians & their contributions to popular music

It seems that American Indians have been erased from the history books, including the chapters relating to contemporary music. Until now. The documentary, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World looks set to change all of that by celebrating the contributions of these individuals and finally giving credit where it’s due.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: The Public Image Is Rotten (USA, 2017) is a thorny look at the love & defiance of Johnny the PIL

This is not a love song- it’s a review of Public Image Limited’s (PiL) documentary. The film, The Public Image Is Rotten is one that focuses on John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten AKA the band’s one mainstay (just like The Cure’s Robert Smith). It shows an outspoken and spiky man who has tempered through age and time and with his co-conspirators (and like the stars at Factory Records) made some great music and occasionally some atrocious decisions.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: A Modern Man (Denmark/Germany, 2017) leaves you asking, “Who is Charlie Siem?”

A Modern Man is a documentary about a handsome, contemporary classical violinist named Charlie Siem. But who is Messer Siem? Unfortunately that question is not really answered in this film because this British-Norwegian musician puts up a wall that is largely impenetrable.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Winnie (South Africa, 2017) is a documentary that for better or worse celebrates the mother of a nation

When you consider the name Winnie Mandela do you think of the mother of a nation or a terrorist? The documentary, Winnie tends to sit in the former camp by telling this woman’s history and story from her own point-of-view. It’s fascinating to hear her out and this documentary is a long overdue one, but it is by no means perfect.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Dries (Belgium/Germany, 2016) celebrates a fashion designer that works to the beat of his own drum

In a world where fashion can be fickle and disposable a designer like Dries van Noten is a gem. The Belgian designer has spent over three decades in the business and remans fiercely independent when other fashion houses have allowed themselves to be bought out. He rallies against the notion of fast fashion and strives to be timeless and relevant. The documentary Dries captures all of this and more by being an intimate portrait of one notoriously private man.... Continue Reading

Film Review: My Cousin Rachel (USA, 2017) is a wonderful dance along the fine lines between good and evil

For most things in life we ae encouraged to leave our judgements at the door. But this is not the case for the thrilling, gothic romance, My Cousin Rachel. In this case the lady is a woman of mystery wrapped up in a riddle and topped off by an enigma, which means you are in for a ride that gives you much pause for thought.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: In My Own Words (Australia, 2017) is an inspiring documentary about a program we should all support

Imagine living in a world where you found it impossible to understand your bills, where you couldn’t text people and you had difficulty getting a driver’s licence because you couldn’t pass the Ls test. For around 40-65% of Indigenous Australians this is a reality because they are functionally illiterate. The documentary film, In My Own Words is an uplifting story about an excellent program that takes on this sobering statistic and works hard to bridge the gap.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (USA, 2016) is about one woman’s intriguing fight to preserve New York

The prospect of watching a documentary on town planning probably won’t have people tripping over themselves to watch it. But when you realise that the subject of the film, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City helped preserve some significant parts of New York, it’s a different story. This film is a brief but intriguing look at the David and Goliath struggle that ensued thanks to one woman’s battle to save New York City.... Continue Reading