• SFF 2023: Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days; the search for truthful images, in life and cinema

    SFF 2023: Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days; the search for truthful images, in life and cinema

    Perfect Days is his most vital attempt at capturing images that brim with life, to the point of overflowing.

  • Acolytes of the barricade

    Acolytes of the barricade

    Collage: Anh Noel If you’ve been to a concert recently, you would be forgiven for mistaking it for some kind of Olympic sport, or rather, a battle-royale-free-for-all, to the point where it’s almost cliché to complain about it. You’ve heard the stories: haven’t we all?  Maybe someone you know flew out to Perth and Melbourne…

  • “You’re a bad person”: NUTS’ delightful and hard-hitting Reagan Kelly 

    “You’re a bad person”: NUTS’ delightful and hard-hitting Reagan Kelly 

    Content warnings for Reagan Kelly include suicide, mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, strobe lighting, theatrical haze and theatrical flame.   The titular character of Reagan is a former-school captain turned arts-degree dropout, who self-medicates through partying.  Each secondary character is developed enough to be worthy of Reagan’s main-character status,including Hugh, her flamboyant yet self-deprecating gay…

  • SFF 2023: “People Power, Our Power” — The pop star fighting Uganda’s regime

    SFF 2023: “People Power, Our Power” — The pop star fighting Uganda’s regime

    This review is part of Tharunka’s continued coverage of the 70th Sydney Film Festival. Read the rest of the reviews here.  When celebrities engage too closely with politics, it tends to leave the public either utterly bewildered by their involvement or dismissive, considering it a mere ploy to maintain relevance. However, in the documentary Bobi Wine: The People’s…

  • SFF 2023: ‘Blue Jean’ and life under Thatcher’s homophobic Britain

    SFF 2023: ‘Blue Jean’ and life under Thatcher’s homophobic Britain

    This review is part of Tharunka’s continued coverage of the 70th Sydney Film Festival. Read the rest of the reviews here.  This year’s Sydney Writer’s Festival features Georgia Oakley’s directorial debut feature film Blue Jean, set during 1988 in the United Kingdom, when Margaret Thatcher’s government was on the precipice of enacting Section 28.  Section 28 was UK…

  • SFF 2023: Asexual Intimacy on the Big Screen; Slow by Marija Kavtaradze

    SFF 2023: Asexual Intimacy on the Big Screen; Slow by Marija Kavtaradze

    This review is part of Tharunka’s continued coverage of the 70th Sydney Film Festival. Read the rest of the reviews here.  In a time and age where heterosexual sensuality has become comfortable and common on the big screen of the cinema, what kind of intimacy can push these newly set boundaries? Slow (2023), directed by Marija Kavtaradze,…