My Name is Gulpilil interview with director Molly Reynolds

    By © Jane Freebury   “There he was, learning to hunt, then he was on a film set, then flying over to England. His life was surreal.” Director Molly Reynolds was reflecting on the life of our greatest Indigenous actor, David Gulpilil, the subject of her new documentary film. My Name is Gulpilil… Continue reading My Name is Gulpilil interview with director Molly Reynolds

Death of a Ladies’ Man interview with Gabriel Byrne

  By © Jane Freebury The Irish actor of stage and screen, Gabriel Byrne, is loquacious and charming. And he is forthright, a man inclined to speak his mind. Ever since he first appeared in 1981 in Excalibur, John Boorman’s re-telling of the King Arthur and his knights of the round table, he has seen… Continue reading Death of a Ladies’ Man interview with Gabriel Byrne

POSTSCRIPT: Best films of 2020

By © Jane Freebury Funny how a pandemic makes us look at everything differently Instead of sitting in the dark watching a film with strangers, we are getting our movies wholesale. Tapping into the immense virtual supermarket of cinema and television on the streaming platforms is fun, hey, however tedious it can be sifting through… Continue reading POSTSCRIPT: Best films of 2020

Revisit Catch-22 in 2020

By © Jane Freebury Odds are that someone somewhere has already come up with a phrase to nail the international health emergency that we are living through right now. A pernicious little virus has caught us in a trap with a catch-22 all its own. The film Catch-22, 50 years old this year, resonates with… Continue reading Revisit Catch-22 in 2020

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly (Tony Richardson, 1970) Streaming on Stan. By © Jane Freebury Every now and then, our most popular folk hero is taken out of storage, dusted down and given new clothes. This year saw the release of Justin Kurzel’s The True History of the Kelly Gang, and it marks the 50th anniversary of Tony… Continue reading Ned Kelly

Landmark Australian film Shine turns Twenty

Published in the Canberra Times 30 July 2016   © by Jane Freebury When Geoffrey Rush was up for a best actor award at the Academy Awards in 1997 for his performance as a troubled concert pianist in Shine, the fellow nominees were daunting company, as they usually are.  There was Ralph Fiennes (a cartologist-adventurer… Continue reading Landmark Australian film Shine turns Twenty

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2016

Published in The Canberra Times on 27 February 2016, and in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald online. http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/french-film-festival-2016-vive-la-difference-20160223-gmycel.html   © Jane Freebury A snippet of film that ran for under one minute was projected at a trendy cafe in Paris in 1895 and the rest is history. The film of workers leaving the… Continue reading Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2016