SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Two of the biggest guns in a filmmaker’s arsenal are the Star and the Close-up. Of course the final impact depends on how effective that Star is in filling that Close-up. At worst you may end up counting nostril hair or...
Brit drama turns anger into poetry.
Joseph (Peter Mullan), one half of the damaged, tenuous pairing that comes to the fore in Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, has two friends: Terry (Paul Conway) is wasting away in the house of his daughter, who lets Joseph in to visit but won’t...
Mockumentary scores real laughs.
Melbourne International Film Festival: While his focus remains defiantly provincial, it may be time to start considering British filmmaker Shane Meadows on the same terms as his better known countrymen Danny Boyle and Michael Winterbottom. Like...
Japanese animated tale is a small-scale offering.
It may be heretical to criticise Studio Ghibli, Japan’s most venerable animation house, but its latest production, Arrietty, is a very slender, minor work.Indeed it’s difficult to see why Ghibli’s maestro Hayao Miyazaki was attracted to the...
Broad treatment skips finer details of Thatcher's rule.
As Margaret Thatcher, the unyielding British Prime Minister who forcefully remade the country she loved between 1979 and 1990, Meryl Streep delivers a fearsomely accurate portrayal: she has the curt voice undercut by a tinge of playful self...