Zumbo’s Just Desserts will take you to a world of pure manipulation…

Reality TV is an odd fit for a streaming service like Netflix, but it must help fill up those ‘original’ content quotas to buy up international shows for markets they were never broadcast in. So it is with Australian Willy Wonka-inspired “Great British Bake Off” knock-off “Zumbo’s Just Desserts”. Headed up by celebrated Australian pâtissier…

The Little Death (2015) Review

Trigger warnings abound in Josh Lawson’s frank, taboo-breaking but surprisingly sweet directorial debut as he charts the ups and downs of the love lives of a select group of suburban couples. The five loosely interwoven stories are played for laughs but aren’t afraid to go to some dark and potentially upsetting places as they explore the…

That Sugar Film (2015) Review

Generally, I’m not a fan of pejorative diatribes masquerading as documentary journalism like Morgan Spurlock’s self-aggrandizing “Supersize Me” so I was sceptical but hopeful that “That Sugar Film” would be more focussed on revealing an unexpected truth rather than triumphantly ‘proving’ the bleeding obvious. I wasn’t disappointed. Australian Actor Damon Gameau (here also writer and director)…

The Babadook (2014) Review

I didn’t quite know what to make of “The Babadook” when I first saw it and decided it was best to sleep on it, which could be seen as a fairly damning indictment of its potency as a horror film. But I have to confess, it wasn’t the best night’s sleep I ever had and…