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Biffo at Biff amid claim of cinema chain’s ‘Woolworthisation’ of film festival

Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Screen Queensland’s move to revive the dormant Brisbane International Film Festival in partnership with Palace Cinemas has stoked concerns that the festival scene is being hijacked by commercial interests. The growing influence of Palace Cinemas on the film festival circuit may not mean that much on the surface says Mark Taylor, who sits on the

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Top of the Lake: China Girl review – Jane Campion’s once-masterful drama jumps the shark

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The frosty skies and magnificent New Zealand mountains provided more than pretty scaffolding in the first season of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: they informed the very heart and soul of it. Like the Tasmanian-based, mystery sci-fi The Kettering Incident, a darkly magical synergy bound, like bolts from a wand, the central location to

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Strictly Ballroom celebrates 25th anniversary with online exhibition

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It’s 25 years since Scott and Fran danced — and danced their own steps — into the hearts of Australians, in Baz Luhrmann’s enduring debut feature film, Strictly Ballroom. To celebrate the film’s milestone, the National Film and Sound Archive has launched an online exhibition looking “behind the red curtain” at the film’s creation and success.

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Game of Thrones – Eastwatch episode review

Reviews, Screen, TV |

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD As Game of Thrones continues its race against the clock to wrap up its narrative, it’s becoming increasingly clear what kind of show it has morphed into. Last week was a brilliant showcase of what it can do better than any other TV show has before. But Eastwatch is an inelegant instalment

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie review: Luc Besson’s candy-coloured, electric Kool-Aid blockbuster

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The visuals in director Luc Besson’s phantasmagoric, candy-coloured, magic carpet ride sci-fi, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, are – by anybody’s definition and in every meaning of the word – fantastic, so best to address that first. The film has the sort of overflowing, eye-watering, glaringly intense aesthetic that might make Hieronymus

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