Category Archives: Festivals

Australian director Leigh Whannell among winners of the SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards

Taking place between 9-18 March, the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas has come to a close, and with that, the Audience Award winners have officially been announced. The awards cover a range of categories, from documentary features to outstanding narrative structure and creativity. Amongst the list includes Australia director Leigh Whannell (perhaps best known for co-writing Saw), who won the hotly contested “Midnighter” category with his film Upgrade. ... Continue Reading

SXSW 2018: Here’s all the winners from SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards is one of the biggest and most comprehensive awards nights of the entire festival. A moment in the spotlight for just about every facet of the tech and interactive side of the industry, this year’s awards were big on AI, smart tech and wearables. Hit the jump for the complete list of winners. Continue reading SXSW 2018: Here’s all the winners from SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

First Impressions: The Last O.G is a triumphant return to form for Tracy Morgan

There’s something very sincere and heart-warming about Tray, the character played by Tracy Morgan in new TBS show The Last O.G. The forthcoming series, backed by John Carcieri and Jordan Peele, is a welcome return for the endearingly 30 Rock star, who still very much embodies the on-screen personality often attributed to him but grounds it in a very raw, very honest look at Brooklyn. Gentrification, isolation and displacement sit at the heart of the series and fuel both it’s timely (and often unpredictable) comedic hits and deeper meaning, giving Morgan plenty to work with as he plays an ex-con who is returns to Brooklyn after a 15-year stint in prison on drug charges.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Hao Wu on his award-winning documentary People’s Republic of Desire

After winning the Documentary Feature category at the South by Southwest Film Awards earlier this week, People’s Republic of Desire from filmmaker Hao Wu is poised to become one of the most important watches of 2018. For his third documentary on different layers of Chinese culture, Wu takes a very close and unnerving look at the almost pathological culture of live-streaming and the multitude of effects it can have on both the streamer and the audience. We’re talking about life engineered through a digital lens with the end-goal of money and status, and with social media such a hot topic at this year’s SXSW film (Generation Wealth and Social Animals, both part of the program, also tackled similar subjects), it was only right that we catch up with Wu to chat about his fascinating new documentary.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Paulinho Caruso, Teo Poppovic and Daniel Furlan talk the Brazillian comedy Neurotic Quest for Serenity

Larry Heath sat down with co-directors Paulinho Caruso and Teo Poppovic alongside star Daniel Furlan to talk the Brazillian comedy Neurotic Quest for Serenity, which premiered this week at SXSW. The trio talk about the making of the film, how Brazilian humour differs from the rest of the world, and why anyone, anywhere in the world will enjoy the acclaimed film.... Continue Reading

SXSW First Impressions: Hereditary (USA, 2018) is as close to evil as a horror movie has ever been

When light finally filled the theatre at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema I could see that the older man sitting next to me was visibly shaken. In fact, I could see many people who looked like they were in desperate need of a good, long hug and maybe a bathtub full of bright yellow rubber ducks with a Disney marathon playing in the background. I shared that feeling, whatever it was; the shared sinking sense of dread mixed with awe – powerful and strong responses to a powerful and tough-as-nails film. That’s the astounding debut from Ari Aster, Hereditary: a narrative feature he has both written and directed with such an ironically beautiful sense of pain, presenting one of the darkest horror-drama films I have ever seen. ... Continue Reading

Interview: Young Aussie actress Geraldine Viswanathan talks about making her US debut in the anticipated comedy Blockers

The anticipated comedy Blockers hits Australian screens later this month, and one of the stars in the film is Australia’s own Geraldine Viswanathan, who makes her US film debut in the role. While at the Red Carpet World Premiere at SXSW over the weekend, we caught up with Geraldine to talk about the role and we ask the all important question: Can John Cena do an Australian accent?... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: The World Before Your Feet (USA, 2018) is like the greatest ever walk in the park

Ringo Starr told people to stop and smell the roses. Ferris Bueller also reminded us that life moves pretty fast and encouraged us to stop or we’d miss it. Matt Green is someone who is doing just that. This 37-year-old former engineer is walking every street in New York City’s five boroughs. It’s a journey of over 12,875 km and the documentary, The World Before Your Feet is an uplifting film that captures and celebrates part of this insanely beautiful journey.... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: Boots Riley holds no punches in kafkaesque comedy Sorry to Bother You (USA, 2018)

Boots Riley has over two decades of powerful, biting and important work behind him as emcee of The Coup, so Sorry for Bothering You, his directorial debut, isn’t as big of a leap as it appears to be for the artist. Well, it’s not big in the sense that smart political satire is anything new for Boots, and there’s no doubt that his work with the seminal rap band has given him a unique approach to the film world. That approach is translated into this multifaceted comedy-drama which aggressively tugs on the threads of institutionalised racism, power structures and forced-labour and watches them all fall into a surreal, mind-warping dystopia of anthropomorphism, cocaine and orgies. It’s as weird and lovingly unique as it sounds.... Continue Reading