Postcard: Beijing

Wang Jing acknowledges applause in Udine, Italy. Photo: Frederic Ambroisine

You get the distinct impression that if it were not for the sake of his students, mainland director Wang Jing could have done without the tribulations of the past 12 months.

Sunday, 14 July, 2013, 3:32pm

Rewind, film: 'The Time Machine', directed by George Pal

The Time Machine

Writer H.G. Wells is best known for his 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, a thoughtful adventure story about a Martian invasion.

7 Jul 2013 - 2:25pm

Film Postcard: Edinburgh

One of the hits of the festival was Baltasar Kormakur's fascinating 'The Deep'.

Whenever you're in Scotland, you can't help but think about the elements - the rain, the wind and, occasionally, the sunshine. The Edinburgh International Film Festival, which ran on June 19-30, seemed determined to remind us of man's insignificance in the face of Mother Nature.

7 Jul 2013 - 1:25pm

Dignity through a lens

Myanmese filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, with a photograph of his inspiration, Aung San Suu Kyi, in the background. Photo: Hong Sar

Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi has battled Yangon's ever-increasing traffic to meet me at his office in an apartment block north of the city's Inya Lake. The Myanmese independent filmmaker arrives late and apologises, then sits back in a director's chair.

7 Jul 2013 - 1:24pm

Rewind film: Stand By Me, directed by Rob Reiner

A scene from Stand By Me

It's doubtful a film like this would get made today. Almost three decades on and the world is a vastly different place.

23 Jun 2013 - 5:07pm

Breaking the rules: James Franco

James Franco as a gangster in Spring Breakers.

James Franco believes in exploring the many aspects of creativity beyond acting. That's why he's also directing, writing and studying for his PhD, he tells Doretta Lau

16 Jun 2013 - 3:26pm

Bond girl Olga Kurylenko counts her blessings

Olga Kurylenko. Photo: AFP

From model to actress Olga Kurylenko is game for any role including being director Terrence Malick's muse and star of his latest film, writes James Mottram

16 Jun 2013 - 3:35pm

Rewind, Film: 'The Serpent and the Rainbow' directed by Wes Craven

The Serpent and the Rainbow

Zombies have taken over our pop-culture lives, from hit TV shows to big-budget summer blockbusters.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:31pm

Film review: The Sapphires has a lot of soul

Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell, Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy perform as The Sapphires.

First-time director Wayne Blair's The Sapphires was the most successul Australian film of last year and received a 10-minute standing ovation at its out-of-competition screening during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

13 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Art House: ice hockey star Kharlamov is the stuff of 'Legend'

Danila Kozlovsky (far right) as Valeri Kharlamov.

Valeri Kharlamov was a Soviet-era ice hockey star widely considered to be one of the game's greats.

13 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Get Reel: 'Time' redux rises from the ashes

Get Reel: 'Time' redux rises from the ashes

A while ago, I was invited to a screening of what turned out to be just an early cut of a film scheduled for general release in a few weeks' time.

13 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Open to interpretation

Photo: Jonathan Wong

When informed of his packed media interview schedule in Hong Kong, Abbas Kiarostami was not pleased. Given his stature as an international art house cinema titan, he could easily have thrown a tantrum and walked out. But that's not his style.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:26pm

Postcard: Taipei

Huang Lu and Bryan Chang Shu-hao in Hsieh Chun-yi's Apolitical Romance.

Chalk it down to a previous life spent studying business management, but Hsieh Chun-yi was under no illusions about the modern marketplace when he started planning his first feature film.

2 Jun 2013 - 4:17pm

Rejected film posters go on online display

The rejected The Exorcist poster (left) and the approved one

A gallery that should comfort any struggling young graphic artist has been revealed for the first time: the ones that got away, rejected original versions of posters for some of the most famous films of recent decades, including Batman, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and Cool Hand Luke.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

Postcard: New York

Wang Bing's documentary,West of the Tracks, is showing at MoMA.

"Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions", a 28-film series on show at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) until June 1, shows the mainland's documentary filmmakers have been producing interesting, often provocative works for more than 25 years.

19 May 2013 - 3:02pm