Concealed

Concealed (2017)

Concealed first published by RealCrime Magazine After moving to South Africa with his girlfriend Sally (Nadia Townsend), for the first time in six years actor Max (Simon Lyndon) returns to Sydney for an audition. Upon their arrival someone tampers with Sally’s luggage, and Max has the sense that they are being followed. So when, the…

Lisa

Lisa And The Devil (1971)

Lisa And The Devil first published by VODzilla.co “I find that invariably, Lisa, there’s a very simple explanation for almost everything. Don’t you agree?” The speaker is Leandro, played by Telly Savalas with a jovially eccentric manner and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Leandro is a mysterious jack of all trades – a wrangler of…

Marshland

Marshland (La isla mínima, 2014)

Masrshland first published by Little White Lies Marshland (aka La isla mínima) opens with spectacular high-angle aerials of the littoral spaces around the Guadalquivir River. Livestock are reduced to moving dots, birds fly across the screen between heaven and earth, and the colourful landscapes below, shot from a god’s eye view, take on the appearance of…

P'tit Quinquin

P’tit Quinquin (L’il Quinquin) (2014)

P’tit Quinquin (aka L’il Quinquin) first published by Little White Lies “Let’s roll!” declares bungling, twitching Commandant Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost), of the National Police, as he and his partner Lieutenant Carpentier (Philippe Jore) investigate the grisly discovery of human remains inside a dead cow laid out in an old, barely accessible war bunker. Yet with…

Spider Forest

Spider Forest (2004)

Review first published by Film4 Synopsis: Song Il-Gon weaves an inescapable trap for characters and viewers alike in this melancholic Korean mystery. Review: A scene in the middle of Spider Forest (Geomi sup) shows Kang Min (Kam Woo-sung), producer of television’s ‘Mystery Theatre’, frantically editing ‘on the fly’ the second half of an episode even as the first half is…

Look

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Don’t Look Now first published by Little White Lies “Nothing is what it seems,” says John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) to his wife Laura (Julie Christie) in the opening sequence to Don’t Look Now, in response to her revelation that a pond’s watery surface is in fact curved rather than flat. Moments later, as John examines a photographic…

Innocence

Innocence (2004)

Innocence first published by EyeforFilm A hermetically sealed world, a hidden theatre, a mystifying narrative full of hauntingly beautiful images, an indefinable sense of menace and a soundtrack dominated by old gramophone records, over-amplified ambient sounds and the ominous bass rumblings of unseen machinery. This might serve as a description of David Lynch’s Eraserhead (1977) and yet applies…

Enemy

Enemy (2014)

Enemy first published by FilmLand Empire “Chaos is order yet undeciphered” reads text near the beginning of Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, proclaiming the film’s status as a thorny puzzle in need of careful decoding. Enemy may be adapted from José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double, but it is equally haunted by the spirits of Hegel, Lynch…

Mystery Road (2013)

Review first published by EyeforFilm When, with his previous, excellent feature Toomelah, Ivan Sen forced viewers to look hard at the long-term after-effects of historical mistreatment and abuse on a small town’s Aboriginal population, he sugared the pill with the barest ghost of genre tropes to remind us that it was not merely a stylised documentary…

Lake Mungo

Lake Mungo (2008)

Lake Mungo first published by Little White Lies “It just didn’t really feel like it was real,” says Kim Whittle (Chloe Armstrong). She is describing to an interviewer what it was like to learn that her best friend, 16-year-old Alice Palmer (Talia Zucker), had drowned in a tragic accident at their local picnic spot in…