At the Sydney Film Festival 2015: Hong Sang-soo’s latest, Hill of Freedom, plus documentaries Breaking a Monster, The Russian Woodpecker, and Ulrich Seidl’s In the Basement.
At the Sydney Film Festival 2015: Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby; plus, Vivid LIVE curator Ben Marshall on bringing Sufjan Stevens and others to the iconic Sydney Opera House.
At the Documentary Edge Festival: fringe communities and marijuana decriminalisation.
At the Documentary Edge Festival: counter-terrorism through the eyes of an informant; the life and times of Elliot Smith; and an unlikely Haitian presidential campaign.
At the Documentary Edge Festival: an uneasy blend of personal ambition and failure, a thoughtful true crime community portrait, and a poetic essay of a woman’s conflicting identity of mother versus performer.
A conversation about tackling rugby, male identity, and rural stoicism with filmmakers Christopher Pryor and Miriam Smith.
At this year’s Autumn Events, Damon Gameau puts his body to the sugar test.
Reading Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, one mystery at a time.
Mia Hansen-Løve’s new film charts the flight and fall of a struggling musician across two decades of the French electronic scene.
An encounter with Keira Knightley at the Toronto International Film Festival.
On the lineage and legacy of Hayao Miyazaki’s most enduring film. Plus, Isao Takahata and a new Studio Ghibli showcase.
Gone Girl’s Tyler Perry. Plus, a New York Film Festival Top Five.
A few stray questions with Jemaine Clement. Plus, a Toronto International Film Festival top five.
Further dispatches from the Goethe-Institut’s annual celebration of German cinema.
Our New Zealand International Film Festival correspondents select their personal highlights for 2014.
Last words on the New Zealand International Film Festival for 2014.
Dispatches from the Goethe-Institut’s annual celebration of contemporary German cinema.
In praise of two compromised Orson Welles films, still vital and almost joyful in their imposed messiness.
Reflections on five films at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Closing notes on evil, activism, resistance, and the films that deserve a second chance at the New Zealand International Film Festival.