Category Archives: Films and TV

Spanish film festival

Festival Website | Films | Schedule Top Picks Spanish Affair 2 (Opening Night) Returning from months at sea, Koldo is met by his beloved Merche, who is less than impressed with him after his long absence. With her head held … Continue reading

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The Secret River: The Play ★★★

I went to see The Secret River last night – and returned from the experience underwhelmed. It tries to be a truthful depiction of one aspect of the ‘frontier wars’ and so it presents a bunch of European setting up shop … Continue reading

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French Film Festibule (starts in Melbourne tonight)

Festival Website | Films | Schedule Top Picks Rosalie Blum (Opening Night) Thirty-something Vincent Machot is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin … Continue reading

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Costume drama: Two more duds

Some readers will be aware of my distaste for costume drama – films about the past without any serious effort to engage with the difference of the past. It’s a crime against Oscar Wilde’s great admonition to Bosie. Shallowness is … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Some thoughts

When my niece Emma first told me the plot of the Hunger Games I was blown away. What a great story to reflect on our contemporary lives. A totalitarian state with media hype and reality TV at its cultural and political … Continue reading

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Jewish Film Festival Guide to Good Films: better late than never

At least according to our sleuthing, there are lots of films, but only six could reasonably be called Troppolicious, if indeed it is reasonable to call anything Troppolicious Festival Website | Films | Schedule Top Picks Dough Nat is an … Continue reading

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Iranian Film Festival

Sorry about this, but I managed to get this content up after the event was over. But thought I’d post it for the record as they say. As you were, as they say in the army.

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