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Jamie Bamber Shines in John Doe: Vigilante [Review]

14 April 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

The conundrum of vigilante justice is one that many a movie has dealt with. It's often a staple of superhero tropes but the projects that are particularly affecting which use the themes of vigilante justice are those of real people, rather than superheroes, fighting injustice.

Kelly Dolen's John Doe: Vigilante takes the familiar vigilante tale and throws in a couple of wild cards. While typical vigilante stories feature heroes, or perhaps antiheroes?, who clean up the city in quiet, subdued fashion, the vigilante in Dolen's film seems determined to dole out as much violence as possible, often in public fashion. He's not working under the cover of night. This vigilante wants to send the message that the guilty aren't safe and along the way, this very public figure picks up a handf [Continued ...] »

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Pirates feast on vigilante thriller

16 February 2015 5:59 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Only a handful of people in the Us and Australia paid to see John Doe in cinemas last year but the vigilante thriller has suddenly become one of the most downloaded titles on torrent sites globally.

Directed by Kel Dolen (Reign in Darkness, Gates of Hell) and scripted by Steve Coates, the film stars Battlestar Galactica.s Jamie Bamber as an anti-hero who attempts to rid the community of criminals while taking out those he knows are about to commit crimes.

The film was released theatrically in the Us a year ago and the producers believe it was first pirated last July after it was released on DVD in the Netherlands.

After being launched on DVD and in a small number of cinemas in Australia last October, the film reappeared briefly on some torrent sites.

.Last Friday the Us DVD/Blu-ray was released onto the torrents and for some reason it has taken off, »

- Don Groves

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2015 Melbourne Underground Film Festival: Call For Entries

23 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Break out the candles! The venerable Melbourne Underground Film Festival becomes a full-fledged teenager when it celebrates its 16th annual edition on September 11-20 this year.

Last year saw a stripped down Muff, focusing on local outre filmmakers and a fine selection of international weirdness — and they want more this year. The fest will also be returning to its new home, the Backlot Studios.

Sixteen years and counting, the Melbourne Underground Film Festival has shown a fierce commitment to under appreciated cinema and it’s awesome to see them still kicking it. If your film is kick ass, a little bit or a lot out there and faintly uncategorizable and possibly unloved wherever “decent” people like to congregate, then Muff might be a good home for it.

See below for submission deadlines, entry fee information, submission links and guidelines.

Deadline & Entry Fees

Deadline via Festhome:

June 30

Entry Fees:

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- Mike Everleth

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