Adelaide Film Festival 2020: Disclosure

Director: Michael Bentham 2019 Australia 84 minutes More info here. Disclosure takes place over a single afternoon, poolside at a beautiful villa somewhere in the Victorian countryside. What starts as a friendly if dull exchange between two 40-something Aussie couples quickly descends into a heated and tense confrontation. Based on a true story, Disclosure follows two sets of parents as they try to navigate the … Continue reading Adelaide Film Festival 2020: Disclosure

Adelaide Film Festival 2020: Kill It and Leave This Town

Director: Mariusz Wilczyński 2019 Poland 88 minutes Further information: Adelaide Film Festival website (no further sessions), the film’s website Kill It and Leave this Town is sombre, grotesque, nightmarish… and yet a surprisingly relatable, human story of one man’s nostalgia for the Polish city of his childhood, and his regret at not making the most of his time with his parents and best friend while … Continue reading Adelaide Film Festival 2020: Kill It and Leave This Town

Adelaide Film Festival 2020: How to Build a Girl

What: How to Build a Girl When: 24 October 5:00pm (last screening!) Cost: See website for details How to Build a Girl is based on the novel by Caitlin Moran of the same name. Set in the 1990s, it is about a journey of self-discovery, sexual experimentation and the idea of desiring more. It’s a narrative that has been explored before, that is intended to … Continue reading Adelaide Film Festival 2020: How to Build a Girl

Adelaide Film Festival 2020: I Am Woman

What: I Am Woman When: 23 October 4:30pm (last screening) Cost: See AFF website for details Any liberal grandmother is going to eat this slice of nostalgia cake right up! I Am Woman has pockets of greatness and leaves you feeling empowered, but unfortunately, overall fails to balance its story and flesh out its messages.  The biopic unfolds in a formulaic and predictable manner in … Continue reading Adelaide Film Festival 2020: I Am Woman

Adelaide Film Festival 2018: [CENSORED]

Watch the trailer here. Prior to the introduction of the film rating system in 1971, the Australian Censorship Board was responsible for cutting thousands of scenes from films brought into Australia to be screened. Purportedly rendering them appropriate for audiences ‘of a friendly nation’, this practise resulted in one of the harshest censorship systems in the Western world. Filmmaker Sari Braithwaite spent years sifting through … Continue reading Adelaide Film Festival 2018: [CENSORED]

Adelaide Film Festival 2018: Shoplifters

Is family something you are born into, or something you choose? Hirokazu Kore-eda asks this age old question in his 2018 Shoplifters. Hot off the heels of its Palm d’Or from Cannes and its Audience Choice Award at Vancouver Film Festival, Shoplifters has arrived in Adelaide to punch you in the stomach and make you crave instant ramen and croquettes. Osamu (Lily Franky) is the patriarch of a family of misfits. … Continue reading Adelaide Film Festival 2018: Shoplifters

Adelaide Film Festival 2018: Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy paints a provocative, heartfelt, and daring portrait of addiction, family, and love. This biographical drama is an adaptation of father and son David and Nic Sheff’s best-selling memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction (2008) and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (2007) respectively. Beautiful Boy tells the tale of Nic Sheff (played by the new it-boy Timothée Chalamet) and his … Continue reading Adelaide Film Festival 2018: Beautiful Boy

Adelaide Film Festival 2018: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

What: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen) Where: GU Film House Adelaide When: 12 and 18 October 2018 How much: $16-20 (see webpage for details) Let me preface this review by saying that I love the Coens, and am not exactly an objective reviewer (if such a thing is even possible). But I also can recognise that a) not everyone loves … Continue reading Adelaide Film Festival 2018: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Adelaide Film Festival 2018: Dinner Party

What: Dinner Party (dir. Angel Manuel Soto) Where: Jumpgate VR Lounge When: 11-20 October 2018 (see here for session details) How much: $10 as part of Adelaide Film Festival’s VR Package 1 (see here for details) In 1961, Betty and Barney Hill are the first people to report being abducted by aliens in the US. Dinner Party is a short VR film exploring this abduction. Set at … Continue reading Adelaide Film Festival 2018: Dinner Party