Film

Trishna

Philippa Hawker
Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Choosing to set a screen adaptation of Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) in contemporary India might seem like an almost perverse shift, or an over-determining decision. But for British film-maker Michael Winterbottom, there is consistency and history of a sort. It is his third Thomas Hardy adaptation, and his fourth feature shot on the subcontinent. In re ...

Sanford Schwartz: The Age of Movies

Philippa Hawker
Monday, 27 February 2012

A sanitised version of a great contrarian

Philippa Hawker

 

The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
edited by Sanford Schwartz
The Library of America, US$40 hb, 852 pp, 9781598531091

 

Pauline Kael did not shy away from big statements. She ...

Sonya Hartnett: Wolf Creek

Adam Rivett
Saturday, 21 January 2012

‘Pinched meanness’

Adam Rivett

 

Wolf Creek (Australian Screen Classics)
by Sonya Hartnett
Currency Press, $16.95 pb, 64 pp, 9780868199122

 

Wolf Creek, released in 2005, was always smarter than your average slasher. Anchored by a brillian ...

Philip French: I Found It at the Movies

Brian McFarlane
Saturday, 21 January 2012

Out of the dark

Brian McFarlane

 

I Found It at the Movies: Reflections of a Cinephile
by Philip French
Carcanet Press (Australian Book Group), $35.95 pb, 292 pp, 9781847771292

 

Whenever I have found myself in disagreement with Philip French’s film ...

Kevin Avery (ed.): Conversations With Clint

Jake Wilson
Saturday, 21 January 2012

‘Real nice’

Jake Wilson

 

Conversations with Clint: Paul Nelson’s Lost Interviews with Clint Eastwood 1979–1983
edited by Kevin Avery
Continuum Books (Palgrave Macmillan), $29.95 pb, 256 pp, 9781441165862

 

It is easy, too easy, to feel familia ...

The Tall Man

Jake Wilson
Thursday, 24 November 2011

One morning in 2004, an Aboriginal man named Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for swearing at a police officer; forty-five minutes later he lay dead on the floor of his cell. Something had gone badly wrong, though the white senior sergeant on duty, the towering Chris Hurley, denied he was in any way at fault.

What happened before and after is told in Chloe Hoo ...

Jonathan Croall: John Gielgud

Brian McFarlane
Friday, 21 October 2011

One man in his time

Brian McFarlane

 

John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star
by Jonathan Croall
Methuen Drama, $75 hb, 688 pp, 9781408131060

 

As the dust settles on twentieth-century acting giants, and reputations are appraised, it is at least argua ...

Charles Drazin: The Faber Book of French Cinema

Sally Burton
Tuesday, 23 August 2011

When man created film

Sally Burton

 

The Faber Book of French Cinema
by Charles Drazin
Faber, $45 pb, 663 pp, 9780571218493

 

Charles Drazin tells us that his interest in French cinema began as a student at Oxford in the early 1980s, when he attended s ...

Here I Am

Jake Wilson
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

It takes fifteen minutes of screen time before Karen (Shai Pittman), the young Aboriginal heroine of Beck Cole’s Here I Am, finds a room of her own. Before this, we have seen her riding away from prison in a taxi, blissfully feeling the wind on her face; walking through dark Adelaide streets, clutching a box of treasured possessions; and prostituting hers ...

Andrew Ford: The Sound of Pictures

Robert Gibson
Wednesday, 04 May 2011

Sound-of-PicturesThe temerities of film music

Robert Gibson

 

The Sound of Pictures: Listening to the Movies, From Hitchcock to High Fidelity
by Andrew Ford
Black I ...