MIFF 2021 reviews by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Hi folks, here’s a few reviews of films screening at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. Hopper/Welles (Documentary; dir: Orson Welles; 120 mins; unclassified 18+) Dennis Hopper and Orson Welles are two of Hollywood’s most iconic, controversial and enigmatic figures.  Hopper, the notoriously wild, rule shattering rebel who was once deported from Australia and Welles the artistic polymath with the

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What’s on ‘Built For Speed’, Friday 2nd July 2021

This Friday on ‘Built For Speed’ we take a look at some music-related films.  We’ll review musical ‘In the Heights’ which comes from ‘Hamilton’ co-creator Lin Manuel-Miranda.  We’ll also tell you about the new documentary ‘The Sparks Brothers’ which looks at enigmatic synth-pop, art rock etc….band Sparks.  Just for something different we’ll also have a look at the Chilean documentary

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Film review: ‘KING OTTO’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

The rousing and often funny documentary King Otto recounts Greece’s against-all-odds win in the 2004 European Football (ie soccer) Championships and the battle for acceptance by the team’s German coach, Otto Rehhagel.  The film’s title refers to 19th century monarch, King Otto of Greece who was himself a Bavarian import. Rehhagel was a famously rugged and aggressive player and a

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