My portfolio of work represents more than three decades in film journalism and professional writing. I’ve been writing regularly in the public domain since 1987.


Arts journalist

9781925005585My byline first appeared in 1987 with my film column for the national affairs monthly, the former Australian Society magazine. Until 1993, I reviewed the latest Australian films in the context of news from the local industry.

I lectured in cinema and cultural studies at the University of Wollongong for four years from 1990, when I also initiated a festival of Australian short film.

While in Indonesia in the mid-1990s, I was a regular feature contributor on cinema, filmmakers and festivals, to the English-language newspaper, The Jakarta Post.

My work has been commissioned by media Metro, Metro Education, Anne Summers Reports, The Australian, Cinema Papers, Filmnews, Media Information Australia, Australian-Canadian Studies and Black & White magazine.

Much of the material published here was commissioned by The Canberra Times, to which I contributed each week between 1997 and 2017.

I resumed writing on film for The Canberra Times in 2019, and my reviews also appear on Rotten Tomatoes, as an individually approved critic.

I have been a member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia since 1990, and am a current member of the Canberra Critics Circle.



My book, Dancing to His Song: the Singular Cinema of Rolf de Heer, the most comprehensive and up-to-date study of the oeuvre of the Australian auteur, was published by Currency Press and Currency House, Sydney, in 2015. Available in paper and ebook


Jane Freebury’s book is both scholarly and reader-friendly. Rolf de Heer is ‘lucky to have found so eloquent a chronicler who, without gush and with critical rigour, so firmly fixes his achievement’ — Adjunct professor, author and co-editor (The Oxford Companion to Australian Film), Brian McFarlane in Inside Story

This book’s achievement lies in part in how it explores ‘the contradictions in de Heer’s artistic identity’. The analysis is ‘often astute, teasing out how the complexity of de Heer’s audiovisual rhetoric belies the simplicity of his themes’. — Film critic and author, Jake Wilson in the Australian Book Review


Professional writer

From 2002 to 2012, I worked in government corporate communications as a ministerial speechwriter for Australian Government ministers (Labor and Coalition) in these portfolios:

  • Industry, Tourism and Resources (and Small Business)
  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Australian Tax Office
  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

During 2017, I was commissioning editor for Asian Currents, the ebulletin of the Asian Studies Association of Australia.

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