Christos Tsiolkas
is the author of The Slap, Barracuda and Damascus. He is The Saturday Paper’s film critic.

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Culture June 19, 2021

Martin Eden

Pietro Marcello’s intelligent film adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel Martin Eden investigates the impossible dilemmas faced by a working-class artist.

Culture April 10, 2021

Supernova

Although Harry Macqueen’s Supernova is formally unadventurous, this film about a couple dealing with the onset of dementia features transcendent performances.

Culture March 06, 2021

Another Round

Thomas Vinterberg’s remarkable new film Another Round harks back to his earlier work in Dogme 95.

Culture January 30, 2021

Promising Young Woman

Emerald Fennell’s film Promising Young Woman begins well, but is ultimately betrayed by a lack of courage.

Culture December 19, 2020

A year without cinema

In 2020 we mostly had to watch films at home, and the most exciting possibilities still emerged from independent cinema.

Culture December 05, 2020

The Trouble with Being Born

For all its controversial subject matter, Sandra Wollner’s film is a smart, ethical investigation that doesn’t deserve to be banned.

Culture September 19, 2020

The Translators

A cynical nod to Agatha Christie’s locked-room mysteries, Régis Roinsard’s The Translators fails to recognise the complexities and canniness of that storytelling tradition.

Culture August 15, 2020

First Cow

MIFF opening night film First Cow follows the austere and sophisticated path of director Kelly Reichardt’s previous works but is stymied by its small-screen showing and the underdeveloped ‘buddy’ relationship at its core.

Culture July 11, 2020

A tribute to a great composer

In a career that spanned more than six decades, Ennio Morricone scored hundreds of films, writing music that worked in concert with the directors’ vision.

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