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

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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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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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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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The Go Betweens: Right Here film review

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Kriv Stenders, the director of the music documentary The Go Betweens: Right Here is a mate of band going back to its beginnings recording out of a Toowong music shop in the late 1970s. This gives him privileged access to all its members, some of whom have not spoken since its bitterly misjudged breakup in 1990. Robert Forster (guitars, vocals) is the surviving

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The Public Image is Rotten film review

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John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten is pretty damn consistent. If you compare just about every interview that’s he’s done, he’s sarcastic, taunting, and angry. And even though he has plainly mellowed since his wild youth, his intolerance of bullshit seems to lurk just below the surface. As a poster boy of both punk and post-punk, Lydon articulated the

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Revolution of Sound: Tangerine Dream film review

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After the caustic soda bath experience of seeing the Melbourne International Film Festival’s Something Quite Peculiar, Revolution of Sound is a return to, well, music documentary formula. This 2017 documentary from German director Margarete Kreuzer is an homage to the late Edgar Froese — the founder and unifying personality behind Germany’s Tangerine Dream (TD) until his death in 2015.

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