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Jordan Prosser

Jordan Prosser

Jordan Prosser is a writer, filmmaker, and performer from Naarm/Melbourne, and a graduate of the VCA School of Film & Television. In 2022, he won the Peter Carey Short Story Award. His debut novel, Big Time, will be published in 2024.

'May December: Todd Haynes’s superb new film' by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 29 January 2024
Public scandals are like modern-day myths that change shape and lose fidelity the more often they are repeated. They become copies of copies, grainier yet somehow grander, wholly untethered from their time and place of origin. They are also the lifeblood of much of our current entertainment landscape, in an age when lived experience counts as valuable IP, and the truth is merely content waiting to ... (read more)

'Priscilla: Portrait of an exemplary trophy wife' by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 17 January 2024
Sofia Coppola’s films are suffused with the bittersweet inevitability of adolescence: a period of life that changes you irrevocably and comes with an in-built ending. Anyone who has studied History at high school knows the outcome of Marie Antoinette (2006). In The Virgin Suicides (1999), it’s right there in the title. This sense of languid doom has never been more apparent than in Coppola’s ... (read more)

'Maestro: A handsomely rendered biopic of Leonard Bernstein' by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 07 December 2023
The holidays are fast approaching, which means it’s time for Hollywood A-listers to adopt thick accents (and don even thicker prosthetics) to re-enact the lives of historical celebrities in the pursuit of awards season glory. This year alone, we have had Oppenheimer and Napoleon and are staring down the barrel of Ferrari, Priscilla, Rustin, and Bob Marley: One Love, each promising to grapple wit ... (read more)

Jordan Prosser reviews 'Cast Mates: Australian actors in Hollywood and at home' by Sam Twyford-Moore

August 2023, no. 456 25 July 2023
A confession: I was a child actor. Never a child star, although certainly that was the intention. For years I endured the three-hour drive from Canberra to Sydney, preparing for my five-minute meeting with some Surry Hills casting director, whose first question would inevitably be ‘How’s your American accent?’ The zenith of my career was a thirty-second commercial for the orange-flavoured so ... (read more)

'Oppenheimer: Christopher Nolan’s convoluted breathlessness' by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 20 July 2023
Writer–director Christopher Nolan is locked in an ongoing, well-documented wrestling match with linear time. With each new film, he attempts to find some unique way of slicing, dicing, and interrogating it. Memento (2000) gave us a crime thriller told entirely out of order; Inception (2010) used an ingenious nesting-doll conceit for its thrilling dream heists; Interstellar (2014) dabbled in rela ... (read more)

Jordan Prosser reviews 'The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece' by Tom Hanks

June 2023, no. 454 23 May 2023
It’s an old adage but an accurate one – making a movie is like going to war, with an army of strangers enduring endless hardship for the sake of a common goal. Hollywood legend Tom Hanks is an expert on both films and warfare, having made his fair share of one about the other, and his first novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece (following his bestselling 2017 short stor ... (read more)

'Beau is Afraid: A horror-comedy of tired ruminations' by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 24 April 2023
When you wake up from a nightmare, it can feel so vivid, so real – so relevant. But over the following minutes and hours, your brain undertakes the important task of synthesising what your subconscious has subjected you to; it interprets symbols, recognises familiar anxieties, and likely suggests that you refrain from boring everyone you encounter that day with a blow-by-blow account of it all. ... (read more)

'TÁR: Todd Field's magnificent new film' by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 24 January 2023
I worked front-of-house at the Melbourne Recital Centre for the better part of my twenties, sitting in on hundreds of classical music performances during that time. The highlight for me was a performance by the Australian Chamber Orchestra of Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa. I was to accompany a number of VIPs who would be seated onstage for the duration of the performance, just behind the orchestra, fac ... (read more)

'Triangle of Sadness: Ruben Östlund’s projectile extravaganza' by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 19 December 2022
People’s taste in satire can be as acquired and specific as their taste in art overall; some favour scalpel-like precision (the television of Armando Iannucci), while others prefer more of a sledgehammer approach (the films of Adam McKay). Your appreciation for Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness will vary depending on your tolerance for sweeping observational class satire (and the onscreen d ... (read more)

'The Banshees of Inisherin: The dark unknowability of other people' by Jordan Prosser

ABR Arts 19 December 2022
When did nice become an insult, and simple such a burden? Pádraic Súilleabháin (Colin Farrell) is a nice man, leading a simple life on the fictional island of Inisherin, just off the coast of Ireland. The year is 1923. Even as a civil war rages across the water, for Pádraic all is well in the world so long as he gets to meet his lifelong friend, Colm Doherty (Brendan Gleeson), at the pub at 2 ... (read more)
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