Tag: film

  • Sunday at the movies

    Sunday at the movies

    It was only after chatting with my neighbours and was halfway down the street that I discovered chocolate stains on my shirt, prompting a return home to change.

    I was on my way to meet a friend who I haven’t seen for several months. I went to Lismore, and she went to Alice Springs.… Read the rest “Sunday at the movies”

  • Movie Weekend

    Movie Weekend

    My mind was taken back this weekend, to my last visit to Stockholm in 2017. In particular, to Gröna Lund, the amusement park on Djurgården, located on one of the central islands of the city.

    Gröna Lund
    Gröna Lund


    Although you would normally associate the idea of an amusement park with a story that is light and fluffy, the film Swoon (original Swedish title “Eld & lågor”) tells a far deeper story of crime and corruption, as the original owners of the park, and a nearby park across the road competed for customers in the 1940s.… Read the rest “Movie Weekend”

  • The Cult of JT LeRoy

    The Cult of JT LeRoy

    My friend and I both laughed out loud when we saw Rufus Wainwright appearing on stage reading from one books by J.T. LeRoy. In the documentary, “The Cult of JT LeRoy” (which we saw last night at the “Antenna Documentary Film Festival” in Sydney) we had already seen Sandra Bernhard, Carrie Fisher, Susan Dey (Patridge Family) and many, many other celebrities extol the virtues of the books written by the young author.… Read the rest “The Cult of JT LeRoy”

  • Stockholm Pride – Chinese Queer Film

    Stockholm Pride – Chinese Queer Film

    Sadly, my “Swedish” is not sophisticated enough to understand the complexities of some of the discussions you might encounter at an event like Stockholm Pride. While it won’t be too much of an issue at events like the Schlagerkväll (the pop music night), I’m still very interested in going to talks and events, especially since Stockholm Pride usually has a very “global” outlook.… Read the rest “Stockholm Pride – Chinese Queer Film”

  • Fyra år till – Four more years

    Fyra år till – Four more years

    Having seen Au Pair, Kansas the other day and all of its faux Swedish-ness, it was great to see a real Swedish film, as part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival.

    “Fyra år till” (Four More Years) tells the story of two Swedish male politicians with contrasting lives and viewpoints who fall in love.… Read the rest “Fyra år till – Four more years”

  • A little bit of Sweden (and Norway) at the Mardi Gras Film Festival

    The opening scenes to “Au pair, Kansas” feature a forty-ish woman and her two teenage sons standing at the airport of a small Mid-West American town holding up a Swedish flag. My friends and I all laughed out loud, because we knew the character they were meeting was actually supposed to be Norwegian.… Read the rest “A little bit of Sweden (and Norway) at the Mardi Gras Film Festival”

  • Long Weekend

    Long Weekend

    I had a long weekend. I took some seriously good drugs and I didn’t go to work. The drugs were, in order, Cephalexin, Panadol and, best of all, Voltaren Rapid. Oh my goodness, that has got to be the best drug ever.

    The pain relief was necessary to deal with the sebaceous cyst I have on my back.… Read the rest “Long Weekend”

  • Absolute Beginners

    Absolute Beginners

    For several hours I’ve been trying to figure out why I liked, but didn’t love the film “Beginners”.

    I first noticed the film a few weeks ago when I was visiting Sweden. The plot-line intrigued me: the story of a relationship between a father and a son, where the father had made the decision to “come out” in his 70s after the death of his wife.… Read the rest “Absolute Beginners”