NEW IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK
Wild Rose (2018) – Glaswegian lass (Jessie Buckley) aspires to country music stardom in Nashville.
Tolkien – biopic of the author’s formative years.
Heavy Water – a surfing doco; nothing to do with making bombs.
Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (a rhetorical question)
Men in Black: International – Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth breathe new life into the old franchise.
Game Over – Wheelchair-bound Taapse Pannu’s home is being invaded by…whom? Or what?
Superpower Dogs – doco about the bravest dogs in the world.
Jind Jaan – Punjabi romance.
The Sydney Film Festival
UNTIL the 16 June
The Polish Film Festival opens in Perth June 16
ON THE TELLY
Monday Noon 9Gem: The Overlanders (1946) - a stirring Australian adventure, a semi-western based on the biggest real-life cattle drive in Australian history. In 1943, in anticipation of a Japanese invasion, Dan McAlpine (Chips Rafferty) and his mates (including impressive equestrienne, Daphne Campbell) drive half a million head of cattle across two thousand miles of outback. Baz Luhrmann used the same story in a more recent movie, Australia, but The Overlanders with its documentary style of storytelling (photographed by Osmond Borradaile) is a much more realistic yarn.
Thursday Noon 9Gem: Passport to Pimlico (1949) - the inhabitants of a down-at-heel district of London discover they are citizens of Burgundy. They decide to secede from Britain, its post-war regulations and rationing. A highly enjoyable Ealing Studios romp, written by T.E.B. Clarke, with a cast of British character actors, including Margaret Rutherford.
Thursday 1030pm Fox Classics: The Pumpkin Eater (1964) 1960’s chattering classes drama in which Anne Bancroft’s third marriage (to Peter Finch) goes awry due to his infidelities. Harold Pinter’s script is by turns sharp and pretentious. Jack Clayton (direction) and Oswald Morris (cinematography) are on top form.
Saturday 4.35pm 9Gem: Ace in the Hole/The Big Carnival(1951) - In order to boost newspaper sales, and his own flagging career, a ruthless journalist (Kirk Douglas) exploits the plight of a man trapped in a cave. Jet black drama, directed and co-written by Billy Wilder (left).