Hullo and welcome
Samples of my freelance work, representing 30 years in film journalism, are posted here. Most are film reviews that were originally printed in the Canberra Times, to which I contributed regularly from 1997 to 2017.
I started out as a film critic in 1987 with a column for Australian Society magazine, a national affairs monthly, and was a regular contributor on cinema to the English-language newspaper, the Jakarta Post, when I lived in Indonesia.
During the 1990s I taught cinema studies at university, and I have been a professional writer, in creative and corporate fields, for the last 30 years.
Now freelancing full-time, I can be commissioned for speech writing and other high-level corporate communication, and for assignments in arts journalism, especially in the area of film.
During 2017, I was the editor of Asian Currents, ebulletin of the Asian Studies Association of Australia.
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, is published by Currency Press & Currency House, Sydney. It is available in both enhanced eBook and print.
‘Is Jane Freebury’s book perhaps the best yet to chronicle the career of an Australian film-maker?’ Thorough research and sharp insight are ‘articulated in a prose style that 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 in the reader’s mind’ – Adjunct professor and author, Brian McFarlane in Inside Story:
This book’s achievement lies in part in how it explores ‘the contradictions in de Heer’s artistic identity’, and when it gets into the ‘nitty-gritty of close analysis’ it is ‘often astute, teasing out how the complexity of de Heer’s audiovisual rhetoric belies the simplicity of his themes’. For ‘a fond, detailed, and engaging account’ of de Heer’s vision ‘you could do no better than turn to this book’ – Film critic and author, Jake Wilson in the Australian Book Review: