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James Cleverley

James Cleverley

James Cleverley lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne, teaching in the German Program at The University of Melbourne, having obtained his doctorate in 2019. James’s research specialises on questions of cultural memory and embodiment in film, with a particular interest in representations of East Germany.

'The Teachers’ Lounge: Ilker Çatak’s arresting new film' by James Cleverley

ABR Arts 08 May 2023
Frau Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) stands in front of her class. A student volunteers a solution to the mathematical problem on the board. Carla responds, ‘Is that proof, or an assertion?’ This question will come to haunt Carla later, when it re-emerges in the school’s socio-political context, far messier than mathematics. At this point, director Ilker Çatak unambiguously declares his film ... (read more)

'Corsage: The fascinating and multi-versioned Sisi' by James Cleverley

ABR Arts 07 February 2023
The Empress Elisabeth is trapped, cinched by the titular garment as tightly as she is stuck in her very public role and a loveless marriage. The audience, too, is held captive, mesmerised by the bold and dynamic performance of Vicky Krieps. Marie Kreutzer is establishing a place as one of Austria’s more consistent directorial talents. Her latest film, which had its première at Cannes in 2022, ... (read more)

‘A Stasi Comedy: The absurdity of life under the Stasi’ by James Cleverley

ABR Arts 27 May 2022
A Stasi Comedy bundles its explorations of truth, desire, morality, and freedom into an exuberant coming-of-age story. In Melbourne, the Palace Cinema Como was humming in anticipation at the opening night of the German Film Festival. Christoph Mücher, director of the Goethe Institut, invited us to celebrate the joy of a shared film experience; we raised our glasses and toasted our fellow-cinemago ... (read more)