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 ...

The Tempest

Brian McFarlane
Thursday, 21 April 2011

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 ...

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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Jake Wilson reviews 'Wake in Fright' by Tina Kaufman

Jake Wilson
Thursday, 14 April 2011

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 ...

Rowan Joffe: Brighton Rock

Jake Wilson
Thursday, 24 March 2011

Brighton Revisited

Jake Wilson


Directed by John Boulting in 1947, the original film version of Graham Greene’s thriller Brighton Rock is as honourable an adaptation as anyone could want. The plot may be simplified, but the essentials are all there (Greene himself co-wro ...

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia

Jake Wilson
Tuesday, 07 December 2010

The most consistently useful American film critic

Jake Wilson


Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia: Film Culture in Transition
by Jonathan Rosenbaum
University of Chicago Press (Footprint Books), $41.95 pb, 368 pp, 9780226726656


As his title suggests, ...