About Monika Taylor

The author of half a dozen screen plays, two novels, and a proficient camera-woman in her own right, Monika DeLeeuw-Taylor is Microfilmmaker's lead writing analyst and one of our top film critics. When she's not writing a critique for Microfilmmaker, she's writing novels and screenplays. Most recently, she helped produce on Viking Productions' Depleted: Day 419.

Romancing Sydney (Final Critique)

All against the dramatic backdrop of the city of Sydney.

This is the third and final critique of Anoml Mishra’s Romancing Sydney. Elisa and Sachen are a couple in love; so are their friends, Alex and John, who have recently gotten engaged. Since Elisa’s visa is about to expire, Sachen has gotten the idea to propose to her so that they can stay in Australia together. But there’s one problem – Sachen has let John’s constant teasing get the better of him, and, to retaliate, Sachen has sabotaged John and Alex’s relationship in revenge. And even though…


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Romancing Sydney (Critique)

Romancing Sydney

[We previously critiqued the film "Romancing Sydney," in its semifinal form, under the name "A Walk in Hyde Park." ] “Romancing Sydney” is a love story between Sachen (Anmol Mishra) and Elisa (Susanna Richter.) The two meet by chance one night – Elisa has been kicked out of her apartment and is sitting on the beach, crying. Sachen’s car breaks down in the same spot where she is sitting, and the two strike up a conversation that leads…


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The Brother (Critique)

Mark is happy with his life in the big city.

Mark is living his dream in the big city and everything is going well, until he receives a call from his estranged mother. She tells him that his brother Danny is dead, but because she didn’t know how to reach Mark, Danny’s funeral has already passed. Mark decides to return to his small hometown to make peace with both his brother and his past.


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A Walk In Hyde Park (Critique)

A Walk In Hyde Park Cover

Sachen (Anmol Mishra) lives in Sydney, Australia, and works at an antique store. One day, his car runs out of oil and he happens to run into a damsel in distress – Elisa (Susanna Richter), a German immigrant. She had just been kicked out of her apartment and was sitting outside crying. Sachen offers her comfort, and soon this unlikely meeting evolves into a relationship.


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Quinkin (Critique)

Quinkin

In Aboriginal legend, the time of creation is known as the Dreamtime. It was a sacred and mystical era in which spirits created the world. One of those spirits – still feared by modern-day Aborigines – was known as the Quinkin. The Quinkin had two distinct beings: one was described as being long and whip thin with a rounded head that had spikes coming out of it. This being lives in cracks in rocks and is good-natured. The other being is evil in nature – big and fat, and known for any and all kind of mischief and bad deeds. Some Aborigines are afraid to even pronounce the name of this spirit for fear of its power.


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