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*contains spoilers Let me talk briefly about The Fringe Dwellers (1987) and now erased from the IMDb is the possible fact that Indigenous people walked out or turned their back on this movie at Cannes. It was the first movie which at least in its foreign soundtracks dealt with the ‘jinx’ of stigma which the…

Read more The Indigenous Insult and Exploitation in Charlie’s Country and others (Part Two)

*contains spoilers It’s ‘healing week’ according to NAIDOC if you know what that is! And to sample the white settlers in Hollywood’s Oklahoma (1955) where the natives are simply out of sight: “We know we belong to the land! … and the land we belong to is grand!” but as we know it is a…

Read more The Indigenous Insult and Exploitation in Charlie’s Country and others (Part One)

*contains spoilers Upon that fateful return to my home town a few years after moving interstate and quitting my first job… I resumed work as a journalist in that snake pit of a newsroom after failing again to produce a novel worth publishing and instead tossed off something worthless… And then shortly afterwards the poetess…

Read more The Evolution and Revolution of Love and Clint Eastwood’s Breezy (1973) Part Two

*contains spoilers Different actors were used for Ida’s next film, which she directed and co-wrote, entitled Outrage (1950). This film was only the second movie about rape ever released in modern day Hollywood under the rule of The Production Code after Johnny Belinda (1948), which won actress Jane Wyman (1917-2007 in sleep) an Oscar. The…

Read more The Cult of Director Ida Lupino’s The Filmakers Movies (Part Two)

*contains spoilers and course language “We were the three musketeers of the film scene,” said Brisbane born actor Richard Moir (1950-) about himself, director Esben Storm (1950-2011 heart problems) and producer/director Haydn Keenan (1951-). For a period, from their late teens onwards they worked and socialised together, creating some classic Australian cinema. The three of…

Read more The Cult of Director Esben Storm’s 27A and In Search of Anna (Part One)

*contains spoilers Author Mickey Spillane (1918-2006 pancreatic cancer) called his writing “the chewing gum of American literature”. I guess he meant once you’ve chewed over it, you could throw it away. It’s disposable literature. Others perhaps wouldn’t be so kind, while others would rate Spillane’s work as better than that. I read Spillane’s first detective…

Read more The Cult of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer (Part One)

*contains spoilers Adelaide director Ursula Dabrowsky (no info) has made two modest but vastly entertaining horror movies and they are entitled Family Demons (2009) and Inner Demon (2014). Family Demon is presented in the strangest of narratives – like the crime or crimes in the movie, they too are strange – physically and psychically. And…

Read more The Demons of Horror Director Ursula Dabrowsky and Others (Part One)