Garry Maddox

Garry Maddox

Garry Maddox is a Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Questions over Bollywood productions

Media Alliance raises concerns about unsafe work on Indian film Sardaarji Returns in Sydney

Garry Maddox Allegations have drawn attention to Bollywood films shooting in Australia.

Back from the dead

Tropfest announces Simon Baker, Rebecca Gibney and Jocelyn Moorhouse as judges

Simon Baker ... Tropfest judge.

Garry Maddox After all the dramas, the iconic short film festival is getting ready to roll again.

Classic casting

Writer Bruce Joel Rubin says Ghost could easily have starred Nicole Kidman and Paul Hogan

Instead of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze it could have been Nicole Kidman and Paul Hogan starring in the movie Ghost.

Garry Maddox An Oscar-winning screenwriter talks about what almost was for a hit Hollywood movie.

'Unmitigated delight'

George Miller named as president of the Cannes Film Festival jury

George Miller ... heading for Cannes.

Garry Maddox Another honour for the director of Mad Max: Fury Road.

This week's Australian film news

The Sapphires sashay their way to television as an animated series

<i>The Sapphires</i> animated TV series.

Garry Maddox Goalpost Pictures and Sticky Pictures are in the final stages of developing an animated TV series for children based on Wayne Blair's 2012 film to screen on the ABC.

Trailer exclusive

Broke trailer has echoes of troubled rugby league star Mitchell Pearce's downfall

Fallen rugby league star Ben Kelly played by Steve Le Marquand in <i>Broke</i>.

Garry Maddox An exclusive first look at the new trailer for an intensely topical Australian film about drinking and gambling in sport.

Short Cuts: Australian filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour hits out at Hollywood war porn

American Sniper.

Garry Maddox A new film set in Afghanistan aims to answer the likes of American Sniper and Zero Dark Thirty.

Best sex-free first date

When Barack met Michelle: warm reviews for movie Southside With You about their romantic first date

Tiki Sumpter as the future Michelle Obama and Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama in <i>Southside With You</i>.

Garry Maddox An American filmmaker has charmed with a romance about the future US president falling for his wife over a meeting, a movie and ice-creams in Chicago.

Sydney Festival 2016 review: Antonio Sanchez supplies the pulse for Birdman

Michael Keaton in Birdman.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Garry Maddox The acclaimed Mexican jazz drummer gave a glimpse of his talent at the Sydney Festival.

Alan Rickman: Two nights with an acting legend

Alan Rickman at a BAFTA event, <I>A Life in Pictures</i>, in London in April last year.

Garry Maddox When he came to Australia last year, a thoughtful and somewhat reserved actor discovered something far from home.

Acclaimed animation for adults

Anomalisa: Charlie Kaufman makes an animation for adults – sex scene included

Lisa and Michael meet in a hotel in Anomalisa.

Garry Maddox Inventive Charlie Kaufman hopes his new film opens doors for others involved in stop-motion animation.

Smashing records

Christmas box office: Star Wars sinks Titanic and heads for Avatar

Daisy Ridley plays Rey in <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens.</i>

Garry Maddox The Force Awakens has been seen by more than 4.5 million Australians in just a fortnight.

Record-breaking run

Star Wars: The Force Awakens races towards being the year's biggest movie in Australia

Daisy Ridley, right, as Rey, and BB-8, in a scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Garry Maddox As is closes in on Jurassic World, the reboot just keeps setting records.

Up against Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Eminem

Short Cuts: Salt Bridge - the unknown Australian film in the running for two Oscars

Rajeev Khandelwal stars in <i>Salt Bridge</i>.

Garry Maddox A low-budget drama shot in Canberra leads the pack with seven tracks eligible for a best song nomination and is also in the field for best original score.

Hits and misses

Nine things we learnt from the film box office this year

Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins star in Jurassic World.

Garry Maddox Lessons from 12 months of watching movies.

Boxing Day movies: how the Star Wars' 'halo effect' will influence what we watch

<i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> has smashed the records for biggest opening day.

Garry Maddox The success of Star Wars could be good news for the movies opening on the biggest day in Australian cinemas.

Jolly bad show

The worst movies of 2015: The Magnificent(ly Bad) Seven

StalkHer rated highly, which is to say it rated low.

Paul Byrnes, Sandra Hall, Philippa Hawker, Garry Maddox, Craig Mathieson, Karl Quinn and Jake Wilson Our crack team of experts has gone to the dark side to compile our guide to the worst films of the year.

Hot tip

Short Cuts: Mad Max emerges as surprise best picture and director contender at the Oscars

Mad Max: Fury Road

Garry Maddox Fury Road is being widely tipped to next month get nominations in the two main categories at the Academy Awards.

'Doubtful and scared'

The Good Dinosaur: Peter Sohn on the 'really intense journey' making a Pixar movie

Initially scared ... Peter Sohn, director of <i>The Good Dinosaur.</i>

Garry Maddox Stepping into the director's chair left him 'doubtful and scared'.

The first Star Wars

Star Wars: Peter Sumner recalls 'a strange little American sci-fi movie'

Australian Peter Sumner played Pol Treidum in the original <i>Star Wars</i> (1977).

Garry Maddox George Lucas, Harrison Ford and Alec Guinness were all on set when the only Australia worked on the sci-fi classic.