The Fifth Commandment (El Quinto Mandamiento)

This entry is part 28 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

There’s a great exchange in the very first episode of the The West Wing where Toby argues with a Christian fundamentalist about the order of the Ten Commandments. As President Bartlet points out later in the scene the first commandment is “I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before me”…

No Return (Sin retorno)

This entry is part 23 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

The strands at Raindance Film Festival in 2011 were all based on the region of origin of the movies shown, but there were other connecting themes that linked films across the official strands. One which particularly appealed to me was the exploration of justice, guilt and punishment….

Forget Paris

This entry is part 22 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

There’s something immensely irritating about people who are much younger than ourselves who are talented and accomplished. Jealousy is so ugly but there’s no other emotion available when faced with twenty-three year old Christopher Presswell, writer and director of the fantastically warped romantic comedy, Forget Paris …

Holy Rollers

This entry is part 24 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

I’m not a religious person but I do get a little tired of the cliched representations of people of faith in films and TV. If you’re Muslim, you’re a terrorist; if you’re Jewish, you’re the weedy, perpetual victim and if you’re Christian…

The Ballad of Des and Mo

This entry is part 21 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

One of the great things about attending Raindance this year has been the opportunity to interact with a number of film-makers. Interviews and Q&A sessions with directors offer new perspectives on the films and help to create a deeper understanding of the effort that went into making the movies…

Face to Face

This entry is part 20 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned on a fellow blog that I hadn’t really seen much Australian cinema. There’s Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert but apart from that I can’t recall much else…


This entry is part 19 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

And so after 12 days, 94 feature films, 137 shorts and more than a couple of milkshakes at MADD, the 19th Raindance Film Festival has come to an end. Over the next few days I’ll be posting more reviews and listing my ten favourite films …

Leaving Baghdad

This entry is part 18 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

Leaving Baghdad is the debut feature of London-based Iraqi, Koutaiba Al-Janabi and is a deeply personal and emotive examination of one individual’s complicity in the worst excesses of the Hussein period…

Interview – Leaving Baghdad Director, Koutaiba Al-Janabi

This entry is part 17 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

Koutaiba Al-Janabi is an Iraqi-born cinematographer and director whose first feature film Leaving Baghdad is a deeply personal examination of collaboration and guilt in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq…


This entry is part 16 of 30 in the series Raindance 2011

Imagine that all the people who believe everything they read in the Daily Mail got together and decided to sort out the injustices they see all around them. The country would descend into chaos and people would face punishment dished out by the mob rather than the courts …