Remembering The Man (2015)

NICKOLAS BIRD, ELEANOR SHARPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Australia, 2015.  Screenplay by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, Dennis K. Smith.  Cinematography by Ellery Ryan.  Produced by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe.  Music by Dale Cornelius.  Production Design by Kirsten O’Loughlin.  Costume Design by Oriana Merullo.  Film Editing by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, Tony Stevens. The love story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo…

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Windrider (1986)

VINCENT MONTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Australia, 1986.  Barron Entertainment, Bush Christmas Productions Pty. Ltd..  Screenplay by Everett De Roche, Bonnie Harris.  Cinematography by Joseph Pickering.  Produced by Paul D. Barron.  Music by Kevin Peek.  Production Design by Phil Peters.  Costume Design by Noel Howell.  Film Editing by John Scott. Nicole Kidman has her first adult role in this forgettable…

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Words And Pictures (2013)

FRED SCHEPISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/Canada/Australia, 2013.  Latitude Productions, Lascaux Films, American Entertainment Investors.  Screenplay by Gerald Di Pego.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Curtis Burch, Gerald Di Pego, Fred Schepisi.  Music by Paul Grabowsky.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein.  Costume Design by Tish Monaghan.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  Toronto International Film Festival 2013.   Clive Owen is an English teacher…

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Winchester (2018)

MICHAEL SPIERIG, PETER SPIERIG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Australia/USA, 2018.  Blacklab Entertainment, Imagination Design Works.  Screenplay by Tom Vaughan, Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig.  Cinematography by Ben Nott.  Produced by Tim McGahan, Brett Tomberlin.  Music by Peter Spierig.  Production Design by Matthew Putland.  Costume Design by Wendy Cork.  Film Editing by Matt Villa.  A psychiatrist whose career has seen better days (Jason Clarke) is…

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

MARK HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Israel/Australia/USA, 2014.  Fury Productions, RatPac Documentary Films, XYZ Films.  Screenplay by Mark Hartley.  Cinematography by Garry Richards.  Produced by Veronica Fury, James Packer, Brett Ratner.  Music by Jamie Blanks.  Film Editing by Jamie Blanks, Sara Edwards, Mark Hartley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. They’re described as the Weinstein Brothers except without any taste, which should sum…

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BMX Bandits (1983)

BRIAN TRENCHARD-SMITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia, 1983.  Nilsen Premiere.  Screenplay by Patrick Edgeworth, based on a screenplay by Russell Hagg.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Tom Broadbridge, Paul F. Davies.  Music by Colin Stead, Frank Strangio.  Production Design by Ross Major.  Costume Design by Lesley McLennan.  Film Editing by Alan Lake.  This adorable, kid-friendly adventure has become something of a…

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Strangerland (2015)

KIM FARRANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Ireland/Australia, 2015.  Worldview Entertainment, Fastnet Films, Dragonfly Pictures.  Story by Fiona Seres, Screenplay by Michael Kinirons, Fiona Seres.  Cinematography by P.J. Dillon.  Produced by Macdara Kelleher, Naomi Wenck.  Music by Keefus Ciancia.  Production Design by Melinda Doring.  Costume Design by Emily Seresin.  Film Editing by Veronika Jenet. A pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes) has moved his family to a…

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Bush Christmas (1983)

HENRI SAFRAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia, 1983.  The Australian Film Commission, Barron Entertainment, Bush Christmas Productions Pty. Ltd., Film and Television Institute W.A., Queensland Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Ted Roberts.  Cinematography by Ross Berryman, Malcolm Richards.  Produced by Gilda Baracchi, Paul D. Barron.  Music by Mike Perjanik.  Production Design by Darrell Lass.  Costume Design by Utopia Road.  Film Editing by Ron Williams. Charming family film…

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Holding The Man (2015)

NEIL ARMFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia, 2015.  Screen Australia, Goalpost Pictures, Snow Republic, John Barry Group.  Screenplay by Tommy Murphy, based on the book by Timothy Conigrave.  Cinematography by Germain McMicking.  Produced by Kylie Du Fresne.  Music by Alan John.  Production Design by Josephine Ford.  Costume Design by Alice Babidge.  Film Editing by Dany Cooper.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies Timothy Conigrave’s memoir about…

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Homesdale (1971)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia, 1971.  Screenplay by Peter Weir, Piers Davies.  Cinematography by Anthony Wallis.  Produced by Grahame Bond, Richard Brennan.  Music by Grahame Bond, Rory O’Donoghue.  Film Editing by Wayne LeClos.   Peter Weir’s debut as feature filmmaker, this short film was the project that inspired Patricia Lovell to hire him to direct Picnic At Hanging Rock.  It’s…

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

RIDLEY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/United Kingdom/Australia/New Zealand/Canada, 2017.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Scott Free Productions, TSG Entertainment, Brandywine Productions.  Story by Jack Paglen, Michael Green, Screenplay by John Logan, Dante Harper, based on characters created by Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett.  Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.  Produced by David Giler, Walter Hill, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott.  Music…

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Tanna

BBBB (out of 5) Members of the Yakel tribe of Vanuatu perform the story of this film entirely in the Nauvhal language, the story set on the lush Pacific island upon which they live with little influence from the outside modern world (even though it’s actually set in 1987).  Two tribes that are constantly at…

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