Category Archives: Features

A look at the Australian & New Zealand films set to premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2017

The SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas has fast become one of the world’s most anticipated and influential events, with film projects big and small making their debut here. Among them in 2017 – at least from the program announced yesterday, will be three Australian films, one from New Zealand, and an American film about an¬† Australia’s most unassuming cinema icons.... Continue Reading

Unpacking “Binge-Worthy Journalism” With Julie Snyder At BingeFest 2016

The true crime genre has experienced a really extraordinary revival following the arrival of the hugely-popular podcast Serial. However, two years later, the only question bigger than whether Adnan is guilty or not is whether or not Serial might actually eclipse the rest of podcasting as a medium when it comes to raw popularity.... Continue Reading

The Iris’ EB Games Expo 2016 Awards

PlayStation’s VR is almost ready to be unleashed on a public that largely has very little idea of what awaits them. That idea became a little clearer after EB Expo though, one of the general public’s first real chances to go hands-on with this beautiful piece of immersive tech, with a handful of demos designed to show off PSVR’s many different uses. One moment you’re in a cockpit desperately trying to fly in formation while enemies shoot at you, the next minute you’re in a shark cage descending to the sea bed, frantically looking around to make sure that massive great white stays the fuck away from you (it doesn’t, it’s scary as hell). The possibilities of this are so very exciting, and they overshadowed almost everything at the expo this year. Continue reading The Iris’ EB Games Expo 2016 Awards

Sydney Underground Film Festival Director Stefan Popescu talks 10 years of SUFF

Starting this Friday the Sydney Underground Film Festival will make its return to celebrate 10 years of being one of the most interesting, thoughtful, and provocative events of its kind in Australia. Throughout the years, SUFF has been a controversial program for cinephiles in Sydney, regularly engaging the local film community to showcase some of the world’s most unique and inventive (or just downright disturbing) works, always encouraging an open-minded approach to a variety of genres and forms with an infectious enthusiasm for underground art and the agitators who keep it thriving.... Continue Reading