Film

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 ...

‘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 ...

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.

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Anyone who remembers Julie Taymor’s 1999 version of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s first published play, will not be expecting a reverential treatment of what is reputedly his last, but Taymor’s new film does move more or less inexorably to the play’s final wisdom: ‘The rarer action is / In virtue than in vengeance.’ The Tempest is a d ...

Australian Documentary: History, Practices, Genres by Trish FitzSimons, Pat Laughren, and Dugald Williamson

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May 2011, no. 331

The concept of ‘documentary’ is a slippery customer. It may start with John Grierson’s ‘creative treatment of actuality’, but, like holding water in your hand, it bleeds across media from film into television and digital media, and across modes in one direction into news reporting and in the other into docudrama ...

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Kotcheff’s Wake

Jake Wilson

 

Wake in Fright
by Tina Kaufman
Currency Press, $16.95 pb, 72 pp, 9780868198644

 

Eight years after its launch, the Australian Screen Classics series of monographs represents a valuable, ongoing contribution to l ...