The larrikin side of Carol leading lady Cate Blanchett

Helen Barlow

Cate Blanchett talks about her role in Carol and same-sex relationships in cinema.

Aaron Sorkin on writing Jobs

Paola Totaro
Family man and Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin made Steve Jobs’ daughter the crux of his forthcoming film about Apple’s co-founder.

Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look of Silence’

Christos Tsiolkas
A documentary examining Indonesia’s anti-communist purges in the mid-'60s highlights the repression of the nation’s history and its lasting effects.

Director Ryan Coogler on his Rocky spinoff 'Creed'

Donna Walker-Mitchell

Influential young director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler on bringing Rocky back to the big screen in Creed.

Crimson Peak's Mia Wasikowska in sharp focus

Steve Dow
Actress Mia Wasikowska, star of Crimson Peak, grew up in the gaze of a camera lens, in a family of photographers.

Colin Farrell and Léa Seydoux in Yorgos Lanthimos’s ‘The Lobster’

Christos Tsiolkas

Yorgos Lanthimos’s surrealist film The Lobster, punctures cherished myths about love and marriage in an absurdist alternative universe.

Jocelyn Moorhouse and 'The Dressmaker'

Steve Dow

Acclaimed director Jocelyn Moorhouse returned from the US because family was more important than the Hollywood machine.

Michael Fassbender in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth

Christos Tsiolkas

Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth falls short in exploring the true depths of ‘black and deep desires’.

Emily Blunt among the action in crime thriller Sicario

Helen Barlow
She’s played everything from English aristocrats to Melbourne stalkers. Now Emily Blunt has joined the FBI.

The Gift of Joel Edgerton

Donna Walker-Mitchell

Joel Edgerton talks about The Gift and how he got from sleeping out the back of Phillip Noyce’s house to Hollywood success.

Nouveau western ‘Far From Men’ hits close to home

Christos Tsiolkas
Viggo Mortensen crosses the desert mountains with an Arab prisoner in 'Far From Men', set during Algeria’s war of independence.

History beckons for Banished actor David Wenham

Steve Dow
David Wenham's acting roles have taken him from Middle-earth to a leper colony to, most recently, Botany Bay.

Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd misses mark

Christos Tsiolkas

The splendid cast of Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation Far from the Madding Crowd can’t make up for the director ironing out the nuance.

Alex Gibney on Scientology and his documentary Going Clear

Amruta Slee
His documentaries have reaped plaudits but Alex Gibney has also felt the wrath of those on whom he’s shone his spotlight.

Partisan director Ariel Kleiman’s brave new worlds

James Douglas
Thirty-year-old director Ariel Kleiman’s turns the Mornington Peninsula into Eastern Europe.

Oscar-winner Helen Mirren reigns as screen royalty

Helen Barlow

By her own admission, Helen Mirren hasn’t done too badly at crafting an illustrious career.

Mad Max creator George Miller's return to auteur space

Donna Walker-Mitchell
Filmmaker George Miller re-enters the dystopian world that first shot him to fame.

Binoche and Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

Christos Tsiolkas

Like Bergman and Antonioni, Olivier Assayas focuses on the experience of women, as in his latest, Clouds of Sils Maria.

James Franco driven by love of hard work and movies

Helen Barlow
Prolific, controversial, funny, fearless … Actor James Franco has it all.

Feeling the Pynchon in Anderson's Inherent Vice

Christos Tsiolkas

Paul Thomas Anderson’s efforts to stay true to the novel Inherent Vice leave this film noir floundering in the dark.

The dark inspiration of American auteur David Lynch

Romy Ash
In Brisbane for an exhibition of his visual art, American auteur David Lynch talks about his sources of creativity.

Tim Burton sketches artist Margaret Keane in Big Eyes

Donna Walker-Mitchell

Tim Burton leaves behind his usual dark canvas to frame a colourful true story of art-world artifice in the film Big Eyes.

Would I Lie to You?'s David Mitchell reveals the truth

Susan Chenery
For British funnyman David Mitchell, falling in love with the perfect woman was easy. It was the years of waiting for her that were hell.

Citizenfour's Edwardian drama

Christos Tsiolkas

Laura Poitras’s Snowden film, Citizenfour, is a welcome return to documentary that doesn’t tell us what to think.

Foxcatcher's charm wrestling

Christos Tsiolkas

Foxcatcher’s fearless stars score all the points in a takedown of naked narcissism and searing sociopathy.