Jordan Prosser

Jordan Prosser

Jordan Prosser is a Melbourne-based writer, director, and performer, and a graduate of the VCA School of Film & Television. His short films have screened at dozens of international festivals, and he has appeared on stages across Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.

‘Elvis: Baz Luhrmann’s signature maximalist style’ by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 20 June 2022
‘Elvis: Baz Luhrmann’s signature maximalist style’ by Jordan Prosser
Crafting a biopic is a near-impossible act of curation; of the hundreds of thousands of hours that make up a person’s life, which two and a half will accurately sum up their entire existence? Some recent attempts, like the excellent Steve Jobs (2015) or the Judy Garland biopic Judy (2019), limit their slice of life to a handful of defining moments and allow the viewer to extrapolate from there, ... (read more)

‘Men: Eldritch evil everywhere’ by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 17 June 2022
‘Men: Eldritch evil everywhere’ by Jordan Prosser
The films of Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Ex Machina, Annihilation) all share a distinct feeling of descent – an almost gravitational pull towards madness, towards decay, towards a loss of self. His new film, the ingeniously titled but only half-realised Men, continues this tradition. It stars Jessie Buckley (devastatingly good in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter, an ... (read more)

‘A Hero: Asghar Farhadi’s profoundly insightful new film’ by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 03 June 2022
‘A Hero: Asghar Farhadi’s profoundly insightful new film’ by Jordan Prosser
Some directors leave their fingerprints on a finished product through a trademark visual style, a particular musical taste, or a recurring ensemble of actors. Others embody the notion that when something’s truly well made, the handiwork is invisible. Such is the case with Asghar Farhadi, two-time Oscar-winning writer and director of A Separation (2011) and The Salesman (2016), who continues to r ... (read more)

‘The Dropout: A deft parable of entrepreneurial hubris’ by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 11 April 2022
‘The Dropout: A deft parable of entrepreneurial hubris’ by Jordan Prosser
If there is a logical successor to the twentieth-century gangster epic, it may well be the modern-day high-stakes corporate drama. Both revolve around merciless protagonists operating by their own dubious moral code, amassing wealth and influence as they leave a trail of bodies (literal or figurative) in their wake. Instead of intimidation and assassination, our new corporate anti-heroes leverage ... (read more)

‘Loveland: Ivan Sen’s audacious experiment in science fiction’ by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 22 March 2022
‘Loveland: Ivan Sen’s audacious experiment in science fiction’ by Jordan Prosser
After a decade spent redefining Australian outback noir with Mystery Road (2013), Goldstone (2016), and their ABC TV offshoots, writer–director Ivan Sen turns his attention to a semi-futuristic Asian metropolis in Loveland, retaining his lean directorial focus while delving into even headier philosophical territory. His new film is a strange beast indeed – daring, beautiful, frequently confoun ... (read more)

'Belfast': Kenneth Branagh's coming-of-age dramedy adds little to the genre

ABR Arts 31 January 2022
'Belfast': Kenneth Branagh's coming-of-age dramedy adds little to the genre
On the sunny streets of Belfast in 1969, nine-year-old Buddy (Jude Hill) fights imaginary dragons with a wooden sword and a shield made from the lid of a garbage bin. When his Ma calls him home for tea, he races through the neighbourhood, bright-eyed and carefree. But the afternoon idyll is quickly shattered by a small army of Protestant rioters laying siege to the street, smashing windows and fir ... (read more)

'The Tragedy of Macbeth': Shakespeare by way of Brecht in Joel Coen’s new film

ABR Arts 20 December 2021
'The Tragedy of Macbeth': Shakespeare by way of Brecht in Joel Coen’s new film
Could Macbeth be Shakespeare’s most innately cinematic play? Even in its brief stage directions and off-stage action, it conjures up daring battlefields, horrible massacres, spine-tingling witchcraft, wandering spirits, duels on castle ramparts, and a moveable forest. Every few years another filmmaker tries their hand at it, Orson Welles (Macbeth, 1948), Akira Kurosawa (Throne of Blood, 1957), a ... (read more)

'The Power of the Dog': A stiff shot of pure cinema

ABR Arts 15 November 2021
'The Power of the Dog': A stiff shot of pure cinema
After eighteen months of wayward blockbusters and couch-ready, pandemical streaming entertainment, Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog arrives like a stiff shot of pure cinema. Adapted from Thomas Savage’s 1967 book of the same name, Campion’s film offers no quick thrills, no easy answers, no simple heroes, and no mercy for its inhabitants. It’s a rare beast in an industry increasingly spl ... (read more)

‘Nine Perfect Strangers’: An exasperating, bloated game of Cluedo

ABR Arts 28 September 2021
‘Nine Perfect Strangers’: An exasperating, bloated game of Cluedo
Picture this: a taut, ninety-minute thriller featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest names, based on a bestseller from a literary big-hitter. A slow-burn mystery about a group of wealthy strangers, each with their own dark secrets and buried traumas, arriving at a boutique wellness spa for a ten-day retreat. Nicole Kidman starring as the enigmatic, ethereal Russian wellness guru Masha Dmitrichenko ... (read more)

‘Shiva Baby’ is a gruelling, hilarious exercise in anxiety

ABR Arts 02 August 2021
‘Shiva Baby’ is a gruelling, hilarious exercise in anxiety
With their forced solemnity and rigid formality, religious ceremonies have long been ripe for comic subversion – see Four Weddings and a Funeral, Death at a Funeral (the original and the American remake), This Is Where I Leave You, Six Feet Under, et al. – but Shiva Baby, a new indie comedy from American writer–director débutante Emma Seligman, gives the sub-genre a refreshing Millennial up ... (read more)
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