New Year’s Eve I was scrambling to get a submission in for HEAVY Magazine which I have been contributor for since April 2017. I’m not always able to be as prolific as I would like but a chance to contribute as one of their film reviewers to a recap of the year’s films was too good to miss out on. Similar to how I feel honoured to contribute to end of year countdowns for X-Press magazine. I’ll of course be putting together my annual Favourite Films of the Year later on in 2019 but this will give you an idea of who is in the running at the moment for a Top 10 entry. You can find the post here https://heavymag.com.au/a-re-cap-of-the-films-of-2018/

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Heavy is an independent magazine and website that is all about the music and specifically heavy music and supporting the Australian music scene in general. Fortunately for me they do cover film as well and I have been fortunate to have a few things published there.

-Lloyd Marken



X-Press 8

I was lucky enough to get sent a screener of a film to review for X-Press Magazine again. This was for the film The Endless, from the directing duo Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson. This is their third film together, where Hollywood offered them a lot but they struck a balance between sticking to their roots and upping their ante. So far my work for X-Press has seen me reviewing quality films that may not get a big budget or marketing platform but are all offering something different and strong. Moorhead and Benson are established on a lot of people’s radars already but it is with their third effort that I’ve gotten a peek at their work and all I can say is I believe we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the future. I won’t spoil the plot just to say its a genre film that features all that entails but strongly engages the audience with the mystery of what is going on and focuses on character as much as plot. You can read more of my thoughts here http://xpressmag.com.au/the-endless-gets-8-10-cult-film/

X-Press Magazine was established in 1985 and at one point was Australia’s highest circulating free weekly entertainment publication with over 40,000 copies reaching 1,000 outlets every week.  On the 24th May, 2016 Issue 1527 (the last one in print) hit stands. Like many publications of its ilk X-Press Magazine is now foremost an online magazine engaged globally and making the most of the possibilities that new digital technology offers. It’s roots though are tied to its home city, love of local artists and productions and music which it supports wholeheartedly. Perth a capital city most isolated from all the other capitals is continuing to grow and develop culturally and artistically with its own identity and talent. X-Press has always been there to capture this growth and will continue to do so.

-Lloyd Marken