You wouldn’t normally think of gravelly-voiced screen villain Benicio Del Toro as the type of guy that would idolise Hollywood’s most famous modern-day sing-song dancing man.
But as cinema’s go-to guy (“I’m one of them, anyway”) for gangster parts he’s been in awe of John Travolta - or the “king of cool”, as the Oscar-nominated actor calls him - for the better part of his life.
Australian director, Andrew Dominik, doesn’t mean to keep making crime movies, honest. It’s just the way things keep turning out.
“It hasn’t been deliberate,” he swears. “I have tried to get other movies about other subjects going, but they’re the ones that I’ve managed to get going.
Covering the whole gamut of Italian cinema, from whimsical light comedy, to social realist drama, to documentary, the 2012 Lavazza Italian Film Festival runs at Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX from Thursday, October 11, until Wednesday, October 24. Ticket are available from the venues, or online from lunapalace.com.au. TRAVIS JOHNSON reports.