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Why you should watch: Kokoda

Sandy George states why our Anzac Day weekend screening of Kokoda can’t be missed. (SBS ONE, Saturday, at the special start time of 8.30pm).
Honouring Australia’s fallen Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War but it now commemorates the lives of Australians killed in all military...

Why You Should Watch: The Passion of the Christ

Sandy George presents The Passion of the Christ at 9.30pm this Saturday on SBS ONE. It's a controversial and – be warned – violent film, but well worth seeing.
Contrast the content against your own interpretationTo many people, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is the content and nothing else. I imagine they will want to measure Mel Gibson’s interpretation of the events depicted – principally the 12...

Casting Aspersions: Penn, Theron in love and off to Africa

Sean Penn will direct his new partner Charlize Theron in the African-set drama, The Last Face.
Sean Penn may well be the genuine recipient of that oft-flung compliment ‘the best actor of his generation’, but the 53-year-old’s side career as a director has been intermittent and not always successful. His best film may well be his first, 1991...

Why You Should Watch: Sunshine Cleaning

From the great actors to its beautiful surroundings, Sandy George knows why you can’t miss Sunshine Cleaning this Saturday at 9.30pm on SBS ONE.
It’s funC’mon, relax. It’s a Saturday night. Put down the weight of the world for a while and escape via this endearing comedy drama. And it’s lucky Sunshine Cleaning is played for laughs because the comedy is situational and the two leading...

Casting Aspersions: Helen Mirren goes for Gold

Helen Mirren has been cast in Woman in Gold, a legal drama based on the true story of a WWII art-theft case.
The veteran British director Simon Curtis, who made the leap from television to feature films with 2011’s My Week with Marilyn, is preparing a legal drama with a dark historical framing. Woman in Gold is the real life story of Maria Altmann, who...

Clip Art: An Ode To 21st Century Cinematographers

A selective history of great recent moments in cinematography is a tribute to the modern masters... but it leaves us wanting more.
Erick Lee, a young cinematographer, has edited and posted on Vimeo a very enjoyable compilation of his favourite moments of widescreen cinematography from this century.While much of this is instantly recognisable, a few segments I failed to...

Why You Should Watch: Black Book

Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven and Games of Thrones’ Carice van Houten are both reason enough to see Black Book this Saturday on SBS ONE at 9.30pm.
High stakes topicBlack Book is principally set in Nazi-occupied Netherlands during a very confusing time: the end of World War II. Knowing that all the characters, irrespective of allegiance, are in life-and-death situations, adds tension...

Filmart: Old hands from Oz

Hong Kong’s Filmart has notably lacked Australian attendees over the years. Russell Edwards checks in with the few regulars and a first-timer.
For all of the local rhetoric about engagement with Asia, Australian producers and funding bodies have long been a no-show at one of the major showcases of the Asian film industries, Hong Kong’s Filmart. Now in its 18th year and widely regarded as...

Filmart fulfils promise in 2014

The years spent pushing the international value of Hong Kong's Filmart paid off in 2014 with a record number of attendees from around the world.
For many years, the mission statement of Hong Kong’s Filmart was to introduce the world to China’s rising film industry. But anyone who’s ever read a framed mission statement in a corporate foyer knows, writing something down doesn’t automatically...

Clip Art: Wes Anderson and Symmetry

In this new column series, we spotlight user-made clips that make us laugh or think differently about movies. First up: Wes Anderson's centred photography.
On the eve of the release of Wes Anderson’s rather wonderful The Grand Budapest Hotel, a new video draws attention to the US filmmaker’s obsession (some of us might say “fetish” – see my earlier blog post on the topic) for symmetrically framed...