Posts ByTom Cushing, Author at The Creative Issue
6am at the Garage is bringing cinematic grandeur to alternative dance music with their Projections of Dance film series at the iconic Astor Theatre. The media collective has developed an eclectic but cohesive program of electronic music cinema that mixes together fiction, documentary and concert films.
On his sophomore solo album, Craig Finn has stripped away the noise and grandiosity that’s defined most of his career, revealing the core components of his distinctive lyrical style while telling tender, grounded stories.
In Umrika, America is the promised land, a place where Indian villagers believe they can can be delivered from the prisons of poverty and tradition. It’s a bold choice for the opening of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, a melancholic glimpse into a country simultaneously buoyed and burdened with the weight of familial love.
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is back, boasting what they are calling their “strongest lineup yet”. With a selection that includes a mix of lavish Bollywood productions, critically lauded dramas and intriguing oddities, it’s a hard claim to argue.
In the 2012 metafictional film Seven Psychopaths, screenwriter Martin (Colin Farrell) bemoans that he’s unable to write anything that doesn’t involve “guys with guns in their hands”. This has been a tension in the work of writer Martin McDonagh since his earliest days as a playwright in Ireland, a simultaneous aesthetic fascination and moral disgust with violence.
Resurrecting a critically and commercially flopped 2001 film as a mini series is an idea that took 14 years to become brilliant.
In casting a harsh light on Scientology, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief illuminates a truth stranger and more disturbing than one could ever imagine. Adapted from the Lawrence Wright book of the same name, Going Clear is as interested in the personalities inside the controversial religion as it is the nature of the organisation itself.
After the surprise success of 2012’s Benji, Sun Kil Moon has returned with an album that doubles down on all its predecessor’s idiosyncrasies. With Universal Themes songwriter Mark Kozelek stretches eight hypnotic songs across an hour, packing them with exhaustive amounts of detail about everything from mortality to where he parked on a given day.