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June, 2020


Film Review: The Last Ferry From Grass Island (short)

Director:    Linhan Zhang Cast:    Tai-Bo, Yang Wang, Yee-Yee Yeung Running Time:    14   A Hong Kong hitman Ah Hoi (Tai-Bo) retires as a fisherman on the peaceful Grass Island. He is looking after his elderly mother Ah Ma (Yee-Yee Yeung). One day, his Chinese apprentice Xiaoma (Yang Wang) turns up to kill her former master before the last ferry departs. The award-winning Tai-Bo is perfectly cast as the sly, grizzled Ah Hoi and he shows a deal of tenderness towards Ah Ma. There are very sentimental moments.  All eyesRead More

Film Review: Day Release (short)

Director:    Martin Winter Cast:    Anna Suk, Christopher Legedze, Birgit Linauer, Patrick Schmidl, Daniela Zacherl Running Time:    35   Day Release was the winner of the Best Short Film award at the 2020 Austrian Film Awards. The film stars Anna Suk, who received a nomination for Best Young Actress for her leading role in Day Release at the 20th First Steps Awards – The German Newcomer Award in Berlin –  and was awarded as best actress at the World Independent Short Film Awards 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. Single mother Kathi receivesRead More

Film Review: Josiah (short)

Director:    Kyle Laursen Cast:    Kevin Dunn (VEEP), Luke Forbes (Crown Heights), Melanie Chandra (Code Black), Mather Zickel (Better Things). Running Time:    20   Writer-Director Kyle Laursen’s short film JOSIAH examines issues inside the creative process of a casting room, finding unconscious stereotyping and complex power dynamics based on race, class and gender. The stellar cast includes Kevin Dunn (VEEP), Luke Forbes (Crown Heights), Melanie Chandra (Code Black) and Mather Zickel (Better Things). This topical film has just been released and is currently in competition at the PalmRead More

Film Review: 7500

Director:    Patrick Vollrath Cast:    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar, Ayilin Tezel, Carlo Kitzlinger, Murathan Muslu, Paul Wollin Rating:     MA Running Time:     93 Australian Distributor:     Amazon Prime   “7500” exploits the danger that some feel every time we fly that the aircraft will be hijacked.  7500 is the emergency call sign for exactly that situation. To stand out from the others, new movies on that theme try to be different in some way. “7500” does this by taking place in a claustrophobic place that has room underRead More


***RESCHEDULED DUE TO COVID-19***   Following its premature closure due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we’re delighted to announce that the Alliance Française French Film Festival will be resuming its 31st season on Bastille Day, from 14 July to 4 August, at Palace Cinemas and associated venues. Returning to 7 cities throughout Australia, this beloved cultural event has to date confirmed a standout selection of 28 features from the original March line-up, and is proudly presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, Unifrance Films and screening partner, Palace Cinemas. AndRead More

Made in the ‘90s Festival 2021

If there was ever a need for the good vibes of feel good old school r&b, it is now. The Made in the ‘90s Festival promises just that, with one of the hottest old school r&b lines ups curated in Australia and New Zealand in recent times. Heading the line up are Grammy Winners, Blackstreet (“No Diggity”, “You Blow My Mind”) in their first ever Australian & New Zealand shows featuring their incredible band, Grammy winner and all round legend, Coolio, (“Gangsters Paradise”, “Fantastic Voyage”), hitmakers Next (“Too Close”, “Wifey”)Read More


Splendour In The Grass has been moved to 2021. “We have been monitoring the situation closely for the past few months and while Australia is now moving into the recovery phase, there is no timeline yet around the opening of international borders,” said Splendour In The Grass co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco in a statement.  “As a result, and with our audience interests front and centre, we must announce the reschedule to 2021 now.  We intend to rebook as many of the 2020 artists as possible and we have started toRead More

93rd Annual Academy Awards

Major Changes for 2021 The Academy has ruled that streamed films will be eligible, and the sound categories have been merged. The Academy is grappling with shuttered movie theatres and the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Films that were scheduled for theatrical release, that meet the other eligibility requirements and that are made available for Academy members to view on the organization’s members-only streaming service within 60 days of being made available on a publicly available streamer or VOD service, will be in the running. (This covers any and allRead More

Pier One’s Igloos On The Pier Returns

Pier One Sydney Harbour’s best winter pop-up – ‘Igloos On The Pier’ – is back and better than ever. Opening from 19th June until 30th August, Pier One have re-imagined the Igloo experience and raised the bar, literally, with Igloos now perched in suites overlooking the amazing harbour for a private and exclusive igloo experience. Get away from your own four walls and re-discover the local serenity of city of Sydney and choose from an igloo sleepover under the stars, a luxe hot tub igloo, or a bespoke proposal experience. Dream Igloo SuiteRead More


Jessie Ware prepares to unleash her fourth studio album What’s Your Pleasure? on June 19 after whetting our appetite with pre-release tracks Spotlight, Mirage (Don’t Stop), Ooh La La, and Save a Kiss. From the tracks released so far What’s Your Pleasure? sounds equally inspired by classic funk-disco like Diana Ross, Teena Marie, and Earth, Wind, and Fire, and contemporary nu-disco – with elements of Robyn and Róisín Murphy’s influence feeling present. Jessie has also unveiled details of her 2021 tour in support of the album: APRIL 2021 Wednesday 14 – Glasgow, O2 Academy Thursday 15 –Read More