Even Lovers Get the Blues | Laurent Micheli, 2016
- Reviewed by Emily O’Neil – READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
“In its sexual explicitness, Micheli’s feature succeeds in creating a great sense of intimacy between its characters and the audience without being too forced or distasteful. The honest- and at times awkward- portrayal of both sex and a desire to meet the needs of one’s partner allows us to sympathise with the emotional strain each character is facing and lets us find ourselves amongst them.
Even Lovers Get the Blues succeeds alone in its simplicity. Its cinematography is intimate and use of colour produces intoxicating visuals. Laurant Micheli’s theatre history adapts well to the screen, and the sexual freedom he decides to portray within the film creates a raw reality similar to what could be found on stage. Such liberation means that topics of fluid sexuality and the generational fear of the meaning of life are expressed freely and translate wonderfully towards audiences.”
- Even Lovers Get the Blues will be screened on Friday 17th March at 7.30pm, following a series of short films: The Pine Tree Villa; What About the Rent?; and Silence.
Freeze | Nelicia Low, 2016
- Reviewed by Daniel Sheppard
Extraordinarily deep, extraordinarily dark, Freeze is a somewhat bothersome short. Not bothersome in its execution, but rather bothersome in its poetically tragic narrative, exploring the mental decline of central character Hui (Emma Hung) as her need to love – and her need to be loved – becomes an obsession as opposed to a simplistic desire. Hung’s performance is truly haunting, complementing the breezy aesthetic of the film, and the poignant moments that give the film such a twisted edge.
- Freeze will be screened on Saturday 18th March at 4.45pm, following a series of other short films: Dolls; 6am News; Miao Village; Railment; and Bound.
MAD | Robert G. Putka, 2015
- Reviewed by Tom Durrans – READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
“The dysfunctional family is commonly portrayed in film, but not many films have the punch that MAD delivers. Phenomenal performances and a script that can switch from hilarious to heart-wrenchingly realistic in a heartbeat, make for a fantastic film about three women and the tough lives they live.
An array of acting masterclasses and a story that is as funny as it is heartwarming, Robert Putka has written and directed an absolute gem with MAD. It’s a film that can easily compete with the best of dramas.”
- MAD will be screened on Saturday 18th March at 8pm, following a series of short films: The Alan Dimenson; Last Call Lenny; and The Bathtub.
The Pine Tree Villa | Jan Koester, 2016
- Reviewed by Luke Compton
The Pine Tree Villa is an aesthetically remarkable animated German short film. The short is about a mysterious and mystical villa that entices two friends to uncover its secrets. It’s very much in the realms of fantasy, and the unique animation style (aesthetically comparable to watercolour paintings) is excellent at fleshing the world out. This world and the semblance of plot is intriguing and the world is interesting and exciting for viewers because of how incredible the animation style is. You will no doubt be caught off guard by the captivating and sustained aesthetic style. It bears resemblance to the works of Studio Ghibli, particularly in regards to its smart construction of a rich fantasy environment. Overall, this short is beyond worth your time simply because of the animation style and how it smartly fits the larger than life narrative.
- The Pine Tree Villa will be screened on Friday 17th March at 7.30pm, following a series of films: What About the Rent?; Silence; and Even Lovers Get the Blues.