Category Archives: Cinema

Christine Hakim – follows the signposts on the road of Life

Christine Hakim – Follows the signposts on the road of life                                            The matter of “identity” has been on Christine Hakim’s mind for most of her life. In her most famous role as Tjoet Nja Dhien, she played a woman who … Continue reading

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Anthony Chen and the film that took over his life

When I interviewed Anthony Chen, (29 years old) from Singapore, he came across as a young man inspired, despite struggling with jetlag, induced by months of world-wide travel.Since his film “Ilo Ilo” had it’s premiere at Cannes and went on … Continue reading

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OMAR

OMAR (Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, 2013) Omar is a young Palestinian man.. who works as a baker, (played by Adam Bakrie – a brilliant performance). He and his two childhood friends, Tarek and Amjad, are involved in what the Israelis … Continue reading

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The Great Beauty (review by Cynthia Webb)

Paolo Sorrentino certainly understood that film-goers and writers and would link this film to “La Dolce Vita” (Fellini) and “La Notte” (Antonioni). There is also a touch of Visconti. He has given us the 21st Century version. We meet the … Continue reading

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The brilliance of Asghar Farhadi, (Iran)

On February 6th, Asghar Farhadi’s latest film, “The Past” will be screening in selected cinemas around Australia. It has taken a long time to reach our shores, but we must be thankful that it’s getting distribution at all, considering the … Continue reading

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“Mystery Road” directed by Ivan Sen

This excellent 2013 film was shown on ABC TV tonight (Australia wide), a perfect choice to commemorate Australia Day  (26th January) because it’s directed by Ivan Sen ( indigenous Australian) and stars Aaron Pedersen ( also an indigenous Australian).  Both … Continue reading

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Christine Hakim – heroine of Indonesia

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Simon Yam and Cyn

It was my privilege to meet Simon Yam, a legendary actor of Hong Kong, and a very modest and nice person. Of his huge number of films – many were directed by Johnny To, to whom he credited a lot … Continue reading

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The first day of my cinema blog — commenced on Australia Day, 2014.

The story of a cinephile, named Cynthia Webb Add Media My addiction to Cinema began when my mother took me to see “Salome” starring Rita Hayworth.  She wanted to see it, so she just HAD to take me along – … Continue reading

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