film October 9, 2021


Scrupulously avoiding exploitation, Justin Kurzel’s Nitram allows space for the aspects of violence that escape comprehension.

film September 25, 2021


The dangerous edge of Nicolas Cage’s screen performances finds a generous complexity in the otherwise indifferent film Pig.

film September 25, 2021

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

The devastating impact of climate change on rural villagers is explored in two films from India’s border regions.

film September 4, 2021

The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad – an update of 2016’s notorious stinker Suicide Squad – is an unexpected delight.

film August 28, 2021


Despite a promising beginning, Leos Carax’s Annette becomes a jumble of styles that falls back on stale, melodramatic tropes.

film August 21, 2021

MIFF Play: Days and Pickpocket

Pickpocket and Days on MIFF Play highlight the very different talents of two major Asian directors.

film August 14, 2021

MIFF play along at home

The Melbourne International Film Festival’s streaming program – brought to the fore under lockdown – boasts unexpected gems.

film August 7, 2021

Gonzo director and actor Dasha Nekrasova

Director, podcaster and Succession cast member Dasha Nekrasova’s debut film is a genre mash-up that reflects the hallucinatory age of conspiracy theories.

film July 31, 2021

Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman

The work of legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman draws its major inspiration from literature.

film July 17, 2021

Director Edson Oda

Brazilian–Japanese director Edson Oda left a flourishing career in advertising to tell his own stories. Now his surreal debut, Nine Days, is generating excitement.

film July 10, 2021

Careless Crime

Shahram Mokri’s new film Careless Crime plays with surreal narratives and timeshifts to create a powerful meditation on Iranian history.