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Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 9:48am

Australia's international short film festival, Flickerfest, returns for its 26th edition to Bondi Beach in January ahead of a national tour.

 

The Australian competition component of the program has now landed, with 60 shorts competing for the prestigious Best Australian Short Film title, accredited by the Academy Awards.

 

Here are five highlights on the Bondi...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:59am

Two filmmakers from the Northern Beaches are embarking on an epic journey to uncover what our seas might look like if the world commits to protecting them - and they need your help.

 

With cameos from a prince, an island chief, a former park ranger and some passionate scientists, it sounds more like something out of a childrens' adventure novel, but it's real and all for a good...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:43am

Settle in for summer nights overlooking Sydney Harbour with a stellar selection of films brought to you by St George OpenAir Cinema.

 

The cinema, situated at Mrs Macquaries Point, is set to show a lineup of films including 20 premiere and preview screenings, opening with the acclaimed Lion (Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman), and a selection of 2017 Oscar contenders including Jackie (...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 12:36pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. I'm easing the BOXING DAY OVERLOAD here by introducing a film *previewed* this week that doesn't launch for a fortnight.

 

In an interesting turn of events after last week's strong female turnout,...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 12:35pm

★★★☆

 

A Hollywood director returns to his roots, and to the stories that defined a nation, in this tale of bitter family rivalry, the passion of the young, and the vicious sting of the past.

 

Simeon Mahana (Akuhata Keefe) is full of questions, but his inquisitiveness puts him at odds with his stern grandfather, Tamihana (Temuera Morrison), the patriarch of their...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 12:54pm

Cult cartoon series Adventure Time is bringing its debut live show to Sydney. 

 

The show, featuring an absurd mix of a talking transforming dog, a punch-drunk human and a slew of other fantastical monsters and princesses has found favour among as many adults as at has younger audiences, noted for its often surreal storylines and characters. 

 

The live show...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:11pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, the ladies reign supreme with lead roles in all five films.

 

Plus, three of the six directors are women, meaning actual equal representation! At least for this week, anyway.

 

The women in these stories are not two-dimensional: they are champions, leaders...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 6:15pm

Some 30 years ago, the ruling class of Australia’s pop and rock scenes gathered together for a series of concerts that would go on to define a generation.

 

The Australian Made tour ran from late December 1986 into the New Year, making its way to each of the six state capitals and attracting flocks of fans in the process.

 

The lineup was unbeatable: alt-rock...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 11:15am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, the folks at A Night Of Horror/Fantastic Planet Film Festival are looking forward to your company.

 

But that's a story in and of itself. Instead, let's focus on a couple of...

Posted 21 Nov 2016 @ 5:43pm

You know... For kids!

 

Need help distracting your little ones over the summer break? Never fear, Little Darlings Night Owls film festival is here. The celebration of cinema for children is a perfect way to keep young 'uns occupied, with the 26-film strong lineup designed to appeal to kiddies of all ages.

 

Some of the films scheduled include Shaun The Sheep (a true...

Posted 21 Nov 2016 @ 12:19pm

★★☆

 

A sci-fi thriller unlike any other, Morgan addresses the humanity to be found in artificial creation, the relationships possible between the creator and their experiments, and the strains those relationships bring with them.

 

Kate Mara plays Lee Weathers, the stern risk assessment consultant who takes on a mutant science project created by scientists at the...

Posted 18 Nov 2016 @ 12:45pm

We truly live in the new media age, hey?

 

“What do you want to watch tonight?” has transformed from a mere casual inquiry into a profound question now heavy with existentialist despair. What do you want to watch when you have one of the greatest audio-visual libraries of all time beamed directly into your living room; when you can access services like Netflix and Stan with ease...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 2:18pm

Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival is set to return for its 24th year, and the first ten films on the bill are here.

 

The 2017 Mardi Gras is right around the corner and Queer Screen is planning on bringing the best LGBTQI movies from Australia and around the world to Sydney screens. 

 

Of the ten films announced so far, eight will be playing for the first time...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 4:18pm

★★★★★

 

Ken Loach’s latest unvarnished meditation on Britain’s working class is his second film to pick up Cannes Film Festival’s coveted Palme d’Or, and deservedly so, for there could not be a more timely and resonant drama to emerge in the wake of 2016’s populist political disasters. Loach captures with unflinching temerity the trials faced by those most deserving of a nation’s...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:50pm

★★★★ 

 

It broke open the Japanese box office, and to delight of Japanophiles across Australia, it’s made its way to our big screens.

 

For those with no experience in anime, Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) would be an excellent starting point, given its romantic vibrancy, its awing flights of fantasy, and its minimal reliance on the young adult genre’s more annoying...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:30pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases, AKA The Best Films To Plonk Yourself Down In Front Of As A Means To Overcoming The Encroaching Sense Of Dread Gnawing At Your Very Soul.

 

But enough despairing and finger-pointing - I get enough from social media. Time to soak up some stories and remind yourself that the world...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:27pm

★★★★

 

Returning to the wizarding world of Harry Potter may feel like a cynical cash-grab, but it’s clear from the offset of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them that the creatives behind the franchise had serious things they needed to say. Though we may not need the inevitable sequels to come, this new instalment brings back the magic in broadly appealing and darkly prescient...

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 1:41pm

★★★★

 

From Hollywood blockbusters to quirky comedies like Attack The Block, science fiction filmmaking often boils down to a set of very familiar tropes and beats. 

 

Even films acclaimed for their subversive elements like District 9 fall into the same trap. Sci-fi can be about anything the imagination can muster, but the realities of Hollywood studios mean that...

Posted 14 Nov 2016 @ 8:00am

★★★★

 

The Founder, the latest creation from director John Lee Hancock, sees us journey through the rise of the most pervasive food empire the world has ever seen, McDonald’s. 

 

Smack bang in the midst of it all is the story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) and how this over the hill, 52-year-old milkshake machine salesman conquered more territory than the Roman Empire...

Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 4:46pm

The critically acclaimed Lion will open the 2017 season.

 

The St. George OpenAir Cinema will open for the summer on Saturday January 7 with Lion, which won massive acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, Lion is directed by Emmy-nominated Australian filmmaker Garth Davis and tells the true story of a lost boy adopted...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 5:05pm

In early 1971, British director Ken Russell completed his masterpiece.

 

A dark, profoundly surreal film about religious persecution and the infectious nature of insanity, The Devils was based in part on the novel The Devils Of Loudun by Aldous Huxley, though Russell injected Huxley’s carefully constructed narrative with his own trademark manic creativity and froth-mouthed...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 4:12pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Dendy is seeing the biggest surge in new film with some international fare, but the real winner is Amy Adams, who is EVERYWHERE.

 

And what better time to distract yourself from the inevitable collapse of Western society?...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 12:19pm

The Winda Film Festival kicks off its inaugural showcase of curated Indigenous films from across Australia and the world this week. From the Red Centre to Russia, Winda presents a global Indigenous voice. 

 

It's a diverse and fascinating program, so we've narrowed it down to select highlights. Check out the full...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:15pm

Poor George Lucas.

 

Though the US filmmaker is far from being a one-trick pony, his varied and wide-ranging contribution to the pop culture pantheon is often overlooked in favour of a series he started work on back in the ’70s – a cinematic legacy kicked off by a little film you might not have seen called Star Wars.

 

Indeed, little media attention is ever really...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 11:39am

Fancy settling in for a classic summer picnic with a few mates while catching a movie? Why not head to Castle Hill Showground this January for the Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema?

 

Kicking off while summer's at its best, the Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema will return in 2017, showing 20 movies throughout the month across an array of genres including new release action, thriller, comedy...

Posted 1 Nov 2016 @ 10:27am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Two of Hollywood's pariahs return to the screen this week, in a genre-diverse lineup featuring excellent entries from China and Korea.

 

The drama is laid on thick this first week of November - I guess it's winter in America, so we have the luxury of stepping out into the sunlight...

Posted 31 Oct 2016 @ 12:56pm

Announced today for the 2016 Gothic',sans-serif; color: #2a2a2a;" lang="EN-US">Winda Film Festival are 33 curated works that will focus on the theme 'From The Four Directions'.

 

A wide collection of indigenous films from around Australia will feature in the...

Posted 28 Oct 2016 @ 1:20pm

Halloween is objectively the greatest holiday of them all. Fight me.

 

I mean, seriously, Halloween provides an opportunity to binge on horror movies, objectively the greatest art form of them all (fight me, again) and to gorge on lollies. What more could you possibly want out of a holiday? Christmas and yer birthday can get stuffed.

 

That said, every perfect...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 3:20pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, everyone wisely backs off the major releases, because the alpha is in the house and hungry for box office dolla$.

 

That's right, folks: for those still not suffering from costumed-hero fatigue, Benadryl...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 3:13pm

The truth really is stranger than fiction. 

 

If it weren’t for the “based on a true story” tag slapped across Mel Gibson’s new film Hacksaw Ridge, it would be simply impossible to take the flick seriously. After all, the bravery of the lead character Desmond Doss defies belief, and the man’s decision to serve as a medic during World War Two while refusing to carry a rifle is so...

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