Film review: CONVICT, from Built For Speed

New Australian low-budget film Convict is a very familiar tale of an almost innocent guy locked up in prison where he has to battle murderous inmates, sadistic guards and a corrupt warden. The film’s writer and co-director George Basha stars as Ray, a decorated soldier recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq who, in a scene suspiciously reminiscent

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Film review: MYSTERY ROAD, from Built For Speed

Mystery Road is the latest film for writer, director Ivan Sen who achieved critical acclaim with his ethereal debut feature Beneath Clouds in 2002.  This crime drama features many of the impressive stylistic touches that made Beneath Clouds so striking but with its glacial pace and thin plot may tax the patience of some audiences. Aaron Pederson (Jack Irish, Water

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Film review: SATELLITE BOY, from Built For Speed

Satellite Boy, the debut cinematic feature for writer/ director Catriona McKenzie, is an amiable, well-meaning but dramatically flat story of an aboriginal youth’s journey of self-discovery. Newcomer, Cameron Wallaby plays Pete, a 10-year-old boy who lives on a remote and dilapidated drive-in site in the Western Australian desert. As his mother (Rohanna Angus) is away in the city trying to

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Film review: DRIFT, from Built For Speed

Loosely based on actual events, Australian Surfing drama Drift depicts the exploits of two brothers Andy and Jimmy Kelly as they try to establish themselves in the early days of the Australian surf industry in the 1970’s. After fleeing her abusive husband, Kat (Robyn Malcolm) takes her young sons Andy (Myles Pollard) and Jimmy (Xavier Samuel) to Western Australia’s Margaret

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Film review: LORE from Built For Speed

Lore is an Australian-German co-production directed by Cate Shortland who burst onto the scene in 2004 with her debut feature Somersault. Shot in Germany and spoken almost entirely in German, Lore is based on one of the stories from the Rachel Seiffert novel The Dark Room.  The film is set in Germany in 1945 just as the Nazi regime is

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