The Brisbane International Film Festival unveiled its program today, and if you search for ‘Australian Shorts’ on the BIFF site you get a listing of all the movies shown in the two Australian Shorts sessions. Ngurrumbang is in the second session, screening at 2 pm on Sunday 24 November.
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- Turn Up Charlie (Idris Elba & Charlie Reich 2019) 19 May 2019Idris Elba flexing his comedy muscles. 30 minutes episodes, and even the plot of confirmed bachelor DJ being nanny to a precocious 11 year old works.
- Shetland, Season 3 (David Kane, using Ann Cleeves characters 2018) 17 May 2019According to IMDB, this is season 5, but it's called season 3 in Australia. Douglas Henshall and the island landscapes are both enough to hold the eye. It looks as if the opening plot is going to last for a full six episodes, which seems a bit much,
- TV: Mum Season 1 (Stefan Golaszewski 2017) 15 May 2019A bleak portrait of a woman in grief surrounded by grotesquely insensitive relatives and a pathologically shy would-be suitor, this manages to be very funny. Leslie Manville and Peter Mullan are extraordinary as the two humans.
- TV: The ABC Murders (Alex Gabassi 2018) 13 May 2019A very different take on Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, that makes Kenneth Branagh's recent movie look even more of a waste of space.: John Malkovich plays John Malkovich pretending to be Poirot, but it's still engaging.
- Learning to drive (Isabel Coixet 2014) 13 May 2019Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley in a movie about learning to rive that inevitably echoes scenes from Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky, but has a very different flavour. Maybe a bit bland, but it feels deeply human, with a lot of complexity not spelled out (unusual for a US movie).
- Turn Up Charlie (Idris Elba & Charlie Reich 2019) 19 May 2019
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- Richard James Allen’s Short Story of You and I
- Ruby Reads (9): Emus, tigers and ducks and love
- John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and the Book Group
- SWF 2019 Sunday Part Two
- SWF 2019 Sunday, Part One
- Simon Griffin’s Fucking Apostrophes
- SWF 2019 Saturday
- SWF 2019: Friday
- Vale Les Murray
- Melissa Lucashenko’s Too Much Lip
- Deborah Levy’s Cost of Living
- Jennifer Maiden’s brookings
- Ruby Reads (8): Possum Magic
- Sebastian Smee’s Net Loss
- Diana Athill’s Alive, Alive Oh!