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Lauren Carroll Harris

Lauren Carroll Harris

Lauren Carroll Harris is a writer, researcher, a columnist for The Guardian Australia and Kill Your Darlings, and the author of Not at a Cinema Near You: Australia’s film distribution problem (Platform Papers, 2013). She is the former Acting Assistant Editor of Real Time contemporary arts publication.

The Second

ABR Arts 02 July 2018
For its first Original film, Stan could have opted for a cleanly prescribed, commercial genre piece, as per its Wolf Creek series – clearly pitched at millennials. But the trailer that emerged in late 2017 for The Second promised something unusual: a psychological thriller defined by a love triangle between a novelist, her publisher, and an enigmatic third player – in other words, a smart, cha ... (read more)

Brothers' Nest

ABR Arts 18 June 2018
The fate of the duo at the centre of Brothers’ Nest is inevitable from the start: the camera, with gloomy portent, looks up and idles toward their decrepit childhood home. Writer-director-actor Clayton Jacobson’s new, largely housebound crime comedy hinges on a dark homecoming: Jeff (Jacobson) has hauled his younger brother Terry (Clayton’s real-life sibling and collaborator Shane Jacobson) ... (read more)

Wonder Wheel

ABR Arts 05 December 2017
Two-thirds of the way through Woody Allen’s new-but-not-really-new film Wonder Wheel, Kate Winslet’s nerve-shot, middle-aged tragic heroine, Ginny, turns to her younger lover, Mickey (Justin Timberlake as a living Ken doll), and says forlornly, ‘Rescue me’. I could not have composed a sadder, more apt summation of the situation of Allen’s women onscreen. A neurotic, disappointed clam-sh ... (read more)

Three Summers

ABR Arts 30 October 2017
Imagine, if you can, an elderly white man, Michael Caton, stretching his arms wide and performing an Indigenous dance as part of a traditional welcome at a summer, country-town folk festival, before delivering a sermon on the virtues of acceptance and multiculturalism to a smiling, nodding, ethnically diverse circle of music lovers. The saddest thing about this scene, from writer-director Ben Elt ... (read more)