film

television August 12, 2017

Anthony LaPaglia’s pioneer spirit

Long before Australian actors were celebrated in the US, Anthony LaPaglia was forging a solid career in theatre and movies. But, he says, his rise to stardom could not have been more unexpected.

film August 5, 2017

Filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson

Almost a decade after making Bastardy with actor Jack Charles, filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson refuses to see himself as a detached observer, instead drawing in his subjects as collaborators.

film July 8, 2017

Angourie Rice on staying real in Hollywood

As an actress on the rise, Angourie Rice is determined to find roles beyond the cookie-cutter teenage girls. Here, she talks about the importance of female representation, working with Kidman and Coppola, and frocking up for The Beguiled.

film July 15, 2017

Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’

In remaking The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola has captured some beautiful and atmospheric moments of the antebellum south. But, the film fails to confront the defining issues of the time.

film June 24, 2017

‘A Quiet Passion’ and ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’

A film about Emily Dickinson and a documentary on Whitney Houston may seem worlds apart but both address – with varied success – the notion of divine gifts.

film August 27, 2016

Ben Wheatley’s ‘High Rise’

Director Ben Wheatley is too faithful to J. G. Ballard’s simplistic prose in High-Rise, missing the opportunity to refine its class politics for the present day.

film July 23, 2016

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig Ghostbusters falls into same traps as original

The reboot of Ghostbusters stifles a group of fine comic actresses with an unadventurous script.

television June 11, 2016

Bruna Papandrea’s journey from Elizabeth to Hollywood

The Australian-born Hollywood producer putting women’s stories at the centre of film and television.

film June 4, 2016

Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’

Queen of the Desert plays it safe and fails the story of Gertrude Bell, the pioneering woman who guided the British during the emergence of the modern Middle East.

dance May 21, 2016

Arts companies hit hard by Australia Council funding cuts

The Australia Council’s latest funding cuts have further devastated arts companies.

film May 14, 2016

Fear and compromise in ‘Bastille Day’

In trying to be everything to everyone, the emasculated thriller Bastille Day typifies the fearful filmmaking of our time.