Reviews / 16.07.2020

Back in 1986, Australia's tradie-turned-comedian Paul Hogan took America by storm with Crocodile Dundee, one of the most successful independent films of all time. On a shoestring budget of $8 million, the film took a staggering $328 million worldwide (which equates to roughly $893 million in 2020), making it the highest-grossing Australian film ever made. Hogan won a Golden Globe for Best Actor, scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and even co-hosted the 59th Academy Awards with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. To say the world went...

Reviews / 27.10.2019

Australian cinema loves a good wedding. But, in a case of unfortunate timing, 2019 has already served up one gorgeously romantic trip down the aisle with Top End Wedding. By virtue of unavoidable comparison, writer/director Nick Conidi's debut feature film Promised can't quite match the finesse and style of its cinematic marital-themed compatriot. While the film is undoubtedly a passion project for Conidi and seeks to capture a fascinating moment in our history where tradition and revolution worked furiously against each other, Promised fails to fully explore the Australian immigrant...

Reviews / 03.09.2018

Australian cinema has produced some of the finest comedy the screen has ever seen. But the romantic comedy genre is not a territory we Aussies explore particularly well. For every groundbreaking example like last year’s sublime 'Ali’s Wedding,' there’s something as generically safe as The Flip Side, the debut feature film from producer-turned-writer/director Marion Pilowsky. There’s nothing inherently wrong with taking this path. The end result here is still a rather breezy, entertaining experience. However, with a cast full of superb comedic talent, The Flip Side feels like...