Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Sleeping Beauty

July 1, 2011

The Australian drama Sleeping Beauty promises so much. I watched the trailer over and over again hoping to discover what story lurks behind it’s provoking title and bleak frames.

The story follows young Lucy, a uni student in need of cash, who finds herself working as a “sleeping beauty”. In this job she is willingly drugged and clients are allowed to spend a night in her unconscious presence.

For a film based on such a taboo topic, the most disturbing part is that I am walking out of the cinema without being emotionally effected at all. It has been suggested that this was a deliberate decision made by director Julia Leigh, however I can’t help but feel disappointed that a film with such taboo content is devoid of any social commentary.

The film was beautifully cast, and it’s intriguing miserable visuals unfold at a haunting pace, but sadly for such a promising concept, I have nothing more to write about.

WEST END FILM FESTIVAL 2010

April 4, 2010

A recent article in the courier mail “newspaper” stated that Australian films are too depressing. If the highly diverse and impressive selection of films at the inaugural West End Film Festival is anything to go by, then that couldn’t possibly be further from the truth. Not that writing something that couldn’t possibly be further from the truth is exactly unheard of for that particular publication, of course.

Festival Director Mike Witt stated on the WEFF website:

West End is Brisbane’s artistic hub and holds massive cultural significance to Queensland. The West End Film Festival has absorbed these flavours, producing a unique cinema experience for our patrons. I want the festival to become a part of West End’s artistic landscape and the people of Brisbane to feel like they have real ownership over it”

The inaugural WEFF festival delivered on this and then some. Holding the event out the back of one of Brisbane’s favourite bars was an inspired move. It meant that drinks were cheap, music was flavoured with real funk (bass lines played by bass players not apple macs) and the clientele was diverse, enthusiastic and supportive. The décor was an remarkable collection of chandeliers and furniture constructed from recycled and reclaimed materials themed to create a classically West End style ambience.

Sadly I don’t have the space to do each short the full write up it deserves, so I’m going to focus on my favourite five for the evening.

Between the lines: Initiation of Adam Hill

A truly beguiling documentary about one of Australia’s foremost contemporary indigenous artists and his experiences as a child of a mixed race marriage. Between the Lines focuses not only on Hill’s impressive achievement’s as a visual artist, but on his heritage and personal journey.  Hill’s father is an equally fascinating figure who could very easily justify a feature length piece of his own.

Knightmouse

The title pretty much sums it up.

The Covenant of Mr Kasch

This was easily one of the top ten best live stop motion art films about a love triangle between a French clown, his dead lover and a panda girl I’ve seen all year.

(No I’m not kidding and yes you must see this film.)

Transient

Shot in Sydney and across Vietnam, Transient is the story of the transcontinental birth and subsequent decay of a relationship. Gorgeously shot and beautifully narrated. Basically the kind of love story that Hollywood couldn’t make if you held a gun to its head.

“Whoo, slow down there ace! You’re saying you want us to make a LOVE story and NOT cast Jennifer Aniston OR Rachel McAdams? Next you’ll be telling us that you don’t want to have the Black Eyed Peas on the soundtrack. What the hell is this a HORROR film or something?!”

Economic Hitmen

Achieving the rare feat of being hysterically amusing whilst incredibly politically insightful, this session’s prizetaker is a short, sharp and witty look at modern international economic politics. Anyone who can make that funny deserves not only a short film festival award but some sort of diamond-studded jetpack as well. If we could just get his guy to direct two minute pieces on wave–particle duality, the history of the French revolution and advanced trigonometry we could all just skip high school altogether.

I’m going to assume that the 3rd session was just as good as the second, but unfortunately I only got review tickets for the middle session. On the plus side I did get drunk with a cute PhD student. You know what I hated about the West End Film Festival? NOTHING. That’s what. The inaugural WEFF showcased some of the country’s most innovative and talented film-makers and makes a very exciting addition to Brisbane’s cultural calendar.

4ZzZ’S WEEKLY UPDATE VOL.30

November 9, 2009

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So we’re getting to the pointy end of 2009 and while the shops begin to play those oh-so-annoying Christmas carols over and over and over again, we at 4ZzZ want to give your ears a break and let you choose the music you want to hear.

We want you to sort through every song you heard played on 4ZzZ in the past year and pick your favourite. Done that? It’s no easy feat! But when you’re happy with your selection, it’s time for you to cast your vote for your favourite song of 2009 in the 4ZzZ Hot 100!

Remember, you must be a subscriber to vote and you can only do it once, so make sure you make your vote count! (more…)

ZEDLETTER #27

October 20, 2009
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Three stages… three days… 60 artists…  In wake of the 2009 Valley Fiesta we at 4ZzZ can’t seem to stop ourselves from singing ‘We Luv the Valley Oh’! Completely free and jam packed with all-ages entertainment, we see our very own suburb host the largest outdoor street party Brisbane’s had on record. (more…)

INTERVIEW: BRETT GAYLOR, Director.

June 10, 2009

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‘RiP: A Remix Manifesto’ opens for limited release this Thursday, and we had a quick catch up with Canadian director Brett Gaylor to discuss the film.

4ZzZ: Your film covers a LOT of ground, figuratively and literally, it’s hard to sum up. How do you pitch it to people?

Brett Gaylor: It is hard to pitch, but I kinda like to call it a Party Rock & Roll movie about intellectual property. It’s a manifesto movie and it’s meant to be fun, and it’s meant to get people thinking about an issue that a lot of people haven’t been thinking about, which is that this concept of copyright & intellectual property really applies to everybody, and how to make sense of the digital age. (more…)

AUTOTUNE MUST DIE!!

June 5, 2009

AutoTune needs to die. Seriously.

I don’t think I’m alone in suggesting that AutoTune, the musical effect that has been used by practically every current pop artist in the past four years, needs to die a slow, agonising and painful death. (more…)

Review: How to be.

March 1, 2009

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I don’t know how to describe this, but I’d define Robert Pattinson’s fame as some sort of ‘Disney’ curse. We’ve seen it all happen before (*cough* ZAC EFRON), but with not someone who is, actually (sorry!), talented. So the poor dude makes one movie that leaves all these American nerdy teen girls scream over because they’ve already wet their panties reading the Twilight series and now nobody can leave ‘Edward Cullen’ alone. (more…)