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‘Pig’ earns its place as a quality Nicholas Cage pic; it’s also a noble entrant into the pantheon of films featuring pigs

Pig man: Nicholas Cage plays a man hunting for his stolen truffle-finding pig in ‘Pig’. PIG *** (91 minutes) MA ...
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‘The Killing of Two Lovers’ an honest, raw, moving exploration of a small-town father struggling to hold his failing marriage together

Yeah, you: A fierce argument breaks out in ‘The Killing of Two Lovers’. THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS **** (84 ...
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Australian domestic drama ‘Streamline’ seethes with authenticity

Bad waters: Lee Miller stars as a troubled teen in ‘Streamline’. STREAMLINE **** (86 minutes) MA A clutch of captivating ...
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‘Ride the Eagle’, an undemanding, light-hearted mother-and-son comedy that negates its story flubs by bringing the funny

A man alone: Jake Johnson plays a man challenged by his mother’s will in ‘Ride the Eagle’. RIDE THE EAGLE ...
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Latest Video Interviews

Taking a deep dive into the dynamics of a troubled marriage without intruding on the drama: interview with Robert Machoian, writer/director/editor of ‘The Killing of Two Lovers’

“For me in cinema the micro-actions are as critical as the larger actions.”. Director Robert Machoian discusses the making and ...
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Strong script, dedicated cast and test screenings helped fast-track the making of Australian family drama ‘Streamline’ : interview with producer Blake Northfield

“Producing is just full-time problem solving. It’s being given something that most people are saying ‘it really can’t be done’ ...
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Not all of the great stories uncovered for ‘Under the Volcano’ made the cut: interview with director Gracie Otto & producer Cody Greenwood

‘Under the Volcano’ director Gracie Otto (left) and producer Cody Greenwood: “The whole thing was just totally mental. I don’t ...
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Latest Articles & Commentary

The uncomfortable truth about watching festival films online

Round and round: The buffering wheel was one of the unwelcome guests at MIFF 2021. Nobody needs to be told ...
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Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum: overview (short version)

Simpleton’s folly. This is a shortened version of the Goya exhibition video. Please enjoy. For more info and tickets go ...
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Francisco Goya: godfather of Goth, satirist, bold anti-war artist: an overview of ‘Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum’ @ NGV

As a widely heralded and popular court painter, Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828) enjoyed great privilege and wealth producing sumptuous ...
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The Brief Debrief: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ was a fun-filled melange of dumplings, cheating and bungling – but is Sir Alan Sugar going soft?

We saw what you did: Martha Kalifatidis feels the heat but dodges a firing on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’. Of all the ...
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Latest Comedy

Wrapping his thorny mace of material in the bubble wrap of laughter, Amos Gill proves himself a skilled seller of unfashionable cynicism

Amos Gill: Kept his audience onside through a minefield of hot-button topics. AMOS GILL – THE SHEEPLE’S CHAMPION **** Swiss ...
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The Next Big Thing in comedy might already be here if local stand-up Dahn Rozario has his way. Interview – MICF 2021

“Oh, I want to be, like, the biggest Australian comedian. That’s the goal.” Full of bubbly confidence, comedian Dahn Rozario ...
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The Journeyman Comedian – an interview with veteran comedy scene fixture Terry North

“I was the class clown. I had to be, otherwise I’d get beaten up.” No discussion about the Melbourne comedy ...
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Who needs a secure, high paying job in the petroleum industry when you can do stand-up? Kevin Passman explains – MICF 2021

“What have I sacrificed? A high-paying, dangerous job that I did not like, so it’s not really that much of ...
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