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A thrilling last round and a thrilling conclusion to the home and away season on the SECA panel. Podcast below.

Jarrod Bradley steered Le Page Park into the finals with a haul of 6/54 against Elwood.

Film review: DARKEST HOUR, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Darkest Hour, the latest film for Atonement director Joe Wright is the second Winston Churchill biopic and the third Dunkirk-related film in the last 12 months. This film focuses on Churchill’s tumultuous appointment as Prime Minister, his struggle with his war cabinet and his personal demons in deciding Britain’s course as Europe succumbs to Hitler.

Gary oldman, who looks as much like Gough Whitlan as he does Churchill plays the British Bulldog more quirkily than Brian Cox in last year’s Churchill biopic. He portrays Winnie as a remarkably insightful but impulsive and at times irrational old coot. He also doesn’t paper over Churchill’s less redeeming features such as his scotch guzzling and occasional vile temper. It’s a scenery munching performance but it feels right amid the surreal chaos of a world going to hell.

As good as Oldman is he doesn’t completely overshadow the supporting players with Kristen Scott Thomas reassuring as Churchill immensely tolerant wife Clementine, Ben Mendelssohn giving what could have been a stuffy caricature of king George the 6th nuance and emotional depth and Stephen Dilan wonderfully intense as Churchill’s chief adversary the Viscount Halifax.

Much like Oldman’s over-the-top performance Wright’s direction has a quirky almost surreal quality that some may find too jokey and as in one scene where Churchill rides the underground with the commoners, a little cornball. Many, however, will welcome Wright’s ornate flourishes after the tele-movie blandness of Churchill.

Much like Steven Spielberg’s wonderful Lincoln, this film’s triumph is that it takes what could have been dull policy debates and infuses them with riveting dramatic force. Through the dialogue, Wright and scriptwriter Anthony McCarten add character layers that bring the film close to the depth and complexity of a novel.

Darkest Hour has awkward moments but ultimately provides a powerful and fascinating insight into a divisive but vital character in human history.

Nick’s rating: ***1/2

Genre: Biopic.

Classification: PG.

Director(s): Joe Wright.

Release date: 11th Jan 2017.

Running time: 125 mins.

Reviewer: Nick Gardener can be heard on “Built For Speed” every Friday night from 8-10pm right here on 88.3 Southern FM.  Nick can also be heard on “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Film Show” podcast. http://subcultureentertainment.com/2014/02/the-good-the-bad-the-ugly-film-show



WRITE NOW -tonight – Galit Klas will talk about a Purim Cabaret production; then Paul Karp will talk with me about his writing and read some; and then Val Holdsworth will talk with me and read some of her work. Please join me, Gaytana


Very sadly & unexpectedly Australian multi-talented & highly acclaimed Australian musical artist Jon English died on March 9, 2016 during a heart operation.

However, Jon English, who was in Melbourne, Australia for concert dates in the late 2000’s managed to fit in a exclusive one-off interview with Melthoid, the co-originator of The Purple Haze Show for this very special Purple Haze Archive podcast.

Jon English Website: Click Here

What’s on ‘Built For Speed’, Friday 16th February 2018

This week on ‘Built For Speed’ we take a look at the latest Marvel cinema adaptation, ‘Black Panther’.  We’ll also tell you all about Oscar hopeful ‘Ladybird’, which marks the directorial debut for Greta Gerwig.  CJ and Dr Nick will deliver a full wrap-up of the Father John Misty gig from last Friday at the Forum.  We’ll play some Father John favourites as well as new Aussie tracks, indie and classic rock from across the decades and some song selections from a few of the big films currently screening.  Don’t forget our regular preview of gigs and TV for the week.  Check out ‘Built For Speed’, Friday 8-10pm on 88.3 Southern FM.

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