Garry Maddox

Garry Maddox

Garry Maddox is a Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Home grown

Not the end of the world, but box office slump of These Final Hours sparks soul searching

Garry Maddox If a critically lauded film such as These Final Hours can't resonate with local audiences, is there any hope for Australian films at the cinema?

Short Cuts

Short Cuts: Australian film industry news

Do yourself a favour: Molly Meldrum will be the subject of a two-episode TV movie.

Garry Maddox Blinky Bill joins Geoffrey Rush, Molly Meldrum and Chris Uhlmann in new projects to be funded

Funny man

Carl Barron breaks into movies with a bittersweet comedy

Leeanna Walsmann and Carl Barron on set.

Garry Maddox Some of Australia's most successful movies have been made by comics jumping to the big screen, including Paul Hogan with Crocodile Dundee and the Working Dog team with The Castle and The Dish.

MIFF mini-guide

Melbourne International Film Festival: The Age critics' picks

Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne play three school friends who start a punk band long after it has ceased to be fashionable in Lukas Moodysson's We Are The Best, screening in MIFF 2014

Stephanie Bunbury, Jake Wilson, Karl Quinn, Paul Byrnes, Garry Maddox Our critics scan the crowded field and find eight films well worth considering at this year's Melbourne International Film Festival.

Director

The Philip Seymour Hoffman I knew: Anton Corbijn reflects on directing the star in his final leading role in A Most Wanted Man

Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want his kids to be known as 'trust fund kids'.

Garry Maddox The pain over the death of American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is reawakened with his powerful performance in A Most Wanted Man.

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MIFF 2014 review: The Kidnapping of Michel Houllebecq

Images from Guillaume Nicloux's The Kidnapping of Michel Houllebecq, screening at MIFF 2014.

Garry Maddox What's real and what isn't is never clear in this film in which the French novelist of the title plays himself in a story based on a real incident from his life.

MIFF 2014 review: Ruin

<i>Ruin</i>, screening at MIFF 2014.

Garry Maddox An intense romance between two damaged souls, this Cambodian-set, Australian-directed film is as ambitious technically as it is in every other way.

MIFF 2014 review: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Garry Maddox Comedy and tragedy are in fine balance in a film based on an urban myth about a Japanese woman who went searching for the buried treasure from the film Fargo.

MIFF 2014 review: Fish & Cat

Still from the film Fish & Cat ... Babak (Babak Karimi), talks Mina (Neda Jebraeeli) into coming with him into the forest.

Garry Maddox An audacious experiment that doesn't quite hold up over its 132 minutes,this is a one-shot film set in a forest in Iran.

Short Cuts

Short Cuts: Australian film industry news

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Garry Maddox Strong reaction to Mad Max footage, two exits from Screen Australia, wild documentary heads for Toronto.

MIFF 2014 review: Fell

Image from Kasimir Burgess's feature debut Fell, starring Jacqueline McKenzie, Matt Nable and Daniel Henshall.

Garry Maddox A stylistically bold drama set in the Australian bush that sees a man whose daughter was killed in a hit-and-run accident winning the trust of the man who killed her.

MIFF 2014 review: Locke

Locke

Garry Maddox One man in a car. For 85 minutes. That's it. And it's riveting.

MIFF 2014 review: Black Coal, Thin Ice

Trailer: Black Coal, Thin Ice (Thumbnail)

Garry Maddox This Chinese film noir has a certain baffling quality but it is an atmospheric thriller with a spectacular finale.

On a happier note, Mrs Carey's next concert will be a tribute affair

Touched: Karen Carey believes the value of music is downplayed.

Garry Maddox When the star of the hit documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert resigned suddenly from her old school last year, it was a devastating time.

Zak Hilditch

These Final Hours: the film that brings the apocalypse to Perth

Last party: Nathan Phillips and Angourie Rice in Zak Hilditch's These Final Hours.

Garry Maddox The world may get wiped out in These Final Hours, but the apocalypse movie has put young Australian director Zak Hilditch on the map at home and abroad.

Screen Australia cuts

Screen Australia cuts jobs and winds back maximum investment

Screen Australia chief executive Graeme Mason remains optimistic despite the cuts.

Garry Maddox The federal agency that supports film and television production will slash staff by 10 per cent and wind back its maximum investment in projects following cuts in the federal budget.

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Jasin Boland

From The Matrix to Mad Max: Fury Road, a film set is a 'game park' for stills photographer Jasin Boland

Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Garry Maddox Whether working on The Matrix, Skyfall or Mad Max: Fury Road, Jasin Boland has one aim – taking a photo that tells a story.

Short Cuts

Short cuts: Australian film news

David Gulpilil as Charlie in a scene from Rolf de Heer's 'Charlie's Country'.

Garry Maddox Furry creatures rule the box office; ScrOz goes international; Australian stars set for Toronto.

Modern classics

It's back to the future as '80s classics find fans in cinemas again

Michael J. Fox in the film Back To The Future (1985).

Garry Maddox The 1980s is the sweet spot when it comes to retro programming, a growing sector for cinema operators large and small.

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Short Cuts

Shortcuts: Australian film industry news

Director Matthew Saville and Joel Edgerton on the set of Felony.

Garry Maddox A dog of a film, coming out and coming of age, from Neighbours to nunchukkas