Varun Ghosh reviews 'Making a Meal of It: Writing about film' by Brian McFarlane

Varun Ghosh reviews 'Making a Meal of It: Writing about film' by Brian McFarlane

Making a Meal of It: Writing about film

by Brian McFarlane

Monash University Publishing, $29.95 pb, 380 pp, 9781925523416

One of my favourite podcasts at the moment is called The Rewatchables. It deconstructs movies (mainly from the 1990s and 2000s) and offers an enjoyable mix of amusement, nostalgia, and insight. It also speaks to the desire, particularly strong in the internet age, to hear what other people think about content already enjoyed. Brian McFarlane’s Making a Meal of It: Writing about film offers a somewhat similar experience in written form. The book – divided into three parts that play on its prandial title – is a collection of previously published reviews and essays by one of Australia’s pre-eminent film writers.

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Varun Ghosh

Varun Ghosh

Varun Ghosh is a lawyer from Perth. He received degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Western Australia and was a Commonwealth Scholar in Law at the University of Cambridge. He previously worked as a finance attorney in New York and as a consultant for the World Bank in Washington, DC.

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