Category: Variety International

Review: Spear

Charting a young Indigenous man’s journey from metaphorical birth to the hard realities and saving cultural nourishment of urban Aboriginal life today, Spear is a unique experience in urgent storytelling through movement from first-time feature director and celebrated choreographer Stephen […]

Review: Last Cab to Darwin

It’s not so much the destination but the physical and emotional journey embarked on in this thoughtful, culturally authentic road trip about a dying cabbie whose quest for euthanasia leads him instead to friendship, redemption and love. There is a […]

Review: The Fifth Wave

When taken on it’s own, The 5th Wave is an effectively decent post-apocalyptic, young adult, world-in-the-balance survival thriller. Yet the multitudinous devotees of Rick Yancey’s wildly successful 2013 novel may have issues more for what’s edited or left out entirely […]

Review: The Daughter

Deeply involving and emotionally searing, The Daughter reps a confident and profoundly moving big-screen debut for established theatre director Simon Stone. Those familiar with Henrik Ibsen’s play, which Stone freely adapted for the Sydney stage in 2011, will find its […]

Women He’s Undressed

Nothing against production designer Ross Wallace, but if a documentary film needs a production designer at all it’s a sure sign something’s afoot. Such is the case with Women He’s Undressed, the first film in five years from celebrated veteran […]

Review: Kath and Kimderella

In desperate need of a fairy godmother to transform it from one of Australia’s most popular and successful TV sitcoms to a viable big-screen franchise, strained and scattershot ocker comedy Kath & Kimderella instead overstays its welcome and turns into […]

Review: Champs

Prizing substance over style, boxing doco Champs uses the career trajectories of celebrated fighters Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson to illustrate what’s right and wrong with the currently soured sweet science. As blunt and methodical as the now-soured […]

Review: Unbroken

Promising “a night of inspiration,” dedicated “in loving memory” to pic’s subject Louis Zamperini, director-producer Angelina Jolie presented the world preem of her second film as helmer, Universal’s international release Unbroken, to a packed State Theatre in downtown Sydney, Australia, […]

Review: The Turning

As conceptually audacious a work as has emerged from the Australian film industry, three-hour adaptation of beloved Aussie author Tim Winton’s thematically linked 2004 short story collection The Turning reps a contemporary triumph of outside-the-box narrative filmmaking from vet multi-hyphenate […]

Review: Satellite Boy

Straddling the worlds of Aboriginal traditions and western law with graceful wisdom, resonant generational drama Satellite Boy joins recent Australian films 10 Canoes, Samson & Delilah and The Sapphires in spotlighting the diversity of Indigenous stories and the power of […]