Film review: IN BOB WE TRUST, from Built For Speed

Father Bob McGuire, former parish priest of South Melbourne is a much loved, larger-than-life figure who, as a result of his mischievous, outspoken manner, pugnacious opposition to what he sees as antiquated Catholic Church practices and his life-long support of those less fortunate, has become an unlikely celebrity. In 2009, the Catholic Church hierarchy informed Father Bob that, at 75,

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Film review: BLINDER, from Built For Speed

For a country in which sport is almost a religion it seems strange that Australia has produced so few decent sporting movies.  While American films have successfully turned baseball, into a near-mythic commentary on clashing American values, Australia’s sporting films seem to be little more than a mix of nationalistic chest-beating dramas, well-meaning, blink and you’ll miss them low-budgeters and

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Film review: SAVE YOUR LEGS, from Built For Speed

When will the Aussie film industry produce another decent comedy? Not just yet it seems as the latest Aussie comedy film, cricket odyssey Save Your Legs barely raises a chuckle.  Save Your Legs is based on an actual tour of India in 2001 by the lowly ranked Abbotsford Anglers Cricket Club. The tour was the subject of a 2005 documentary

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Film review, MENTAL, from Built For Speed

PJ Hogan’s debut film Muriel’s Wedding was a near-perfect combination of energetic kitsch, lovable characters, black humour and Australian social satire.  Does Hogan repeat the Muriel magic with his latest film Mental? No, he does not!  Despite aping Muriel with its ugly bogan beachside setting, its family (and particularly Mother) neglected and belittled by a philandering politician Father and its

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