Posted 26 Apr 2017 @ 3:00pm

Welcome to Beat’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Owing to the public holiday (and those cheeky buggers at Marvel), a few major releases snuck past me over the weekend, and I’m rectifying that issue by bringing them to you now – in full HD!


On top of two Aussie releases and the naturally unassailable Hollywood blockbuster, it’s a...

Posted 19 Apr 2017 @ 5:31pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. 


This week, some of cinema's most revered elders return to the screen, alongside new Australian content, wartime propaganda and hot, juicy provocation.

With three of the five releases this week being Eurocentric, this could be an excellent opportunity to sneak some research for...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:25pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we have one major Chinese American co-production, one China vs America production, one Vietnamese release and one American film set in Japan. Asia is the future (and the past).


Two special mentions this week - firstly, Hidden Figures officially opens this week (jumped the...

Posted 15 Apr 2014 @ 1:33pm

Documentary maker Anna Broinowski was given a book by a friend. This book was the Dear Leader Kim Il Jong’s guide to film making: Manifesto The Cinema and Directing. “I’d had no idea the Dear Leader was a cineaste,” says Broinowski. “I was blown away by how powerfully he used cinema to maintain the country. North Korea has no internet, it’s the last place on earth without advertising or...

Posted 8 Apr 2014 @ 2:21pm

In 1949, a small Danish toy company called LEGO – which translates to ‘play well’ – began producing little interconnecting bricks that would change the world of toys and create an empire that captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of children everywhere. Now, everybody’s favourite childhood toy is hitting the big screen...and it’s breathtaking.


The LEGO Movie lands this...

Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:38pm



It’s taken almost a decade since his first appearance, but we’re now seeing a concerted effort from co-writer/director to elevate outback serial killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) from chilling once-off menace to genuine, Freddy/Jason-level horror icon. 2014 sees not only the release of Wolf Creek 2, but also a couple of prequel novels that flesh out the back-story of the...

Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:38pm

Fifteen passionate and adventurous young people leave their ordinary lives behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their mission: to rescue the rainforests and endangered orangutans from destruction.


Rise of the Eco-Warriors is the latest project of documentary filmmaker Cathy Henkel. It’s a follow-up to her 2008 IF-award winning film, The Burning Season, which dealt...

Posted 25 Feb 2014 @ 9:34am

Earlier this year, a nationwide opinion poll showed that 60 per cent of Australians wanted the Abbott government to “increase the severity of the treatment of asylum seekers”. Presumably they didn’t mean ‘increase to a violent bloodbath’ such as that on Manus Island last week, which saw 23-year-old Reza Berati killed, possibly “by out-of-control guards who stomped his skull as he lay...

Posted 25 Feb 2014 @ 9:17am

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival has announced its full program.


Hosted over 11 days, MIQF will celebrate all things lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transsexual (and all things sexual, to be honest). Opening this year’s festival will be Travis Fine’s (The Space Between) newest work, Any Day Now, starring Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, X-Men) and Garret Dillahunt (12 Years a...

Posted 19 Feb 2014 @ 3:55pm

Featuring a five days of live music and visual artist showcases, the Melbourne Music Video Festival has unveiled the program for its 2014 incarnation.


Aiming to present events which are both sonically and visually engaging, the festival's program features a wide array of activities, including music from the likes of Friendships, Audego, Indian Red, Tincture and more.


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