Eric Gravel, director of Full Time, discusses his new film featuring Laure Calamy

By © Jane Freebury The last time we saw Laure Calamy, she was chasing her married lover on a hiking holiday in rural France. Her character ends up spending most of the time alone with the donkey carrying her pack, but the audience falls for her, anyway. The success of the delicious French comedy, Antoinette… Continue reading Eric Gravel, director of Full Time, discusses his new film featuring Laure Calamy

HIGH GROUND and NITRAM dominate 2021 FCCA AWARDS

HIGH GROUND and NITRAM dominate 2021 FCCA AWARDS* High Ground was last night announced as Best Film in the annual Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for Australian Film, for producers David Jowsey, Maggie Miles, Witiyana Marika, Greer Simpkin, Stephen Maxwell Johnson. High Ground won in five of the categories, while Nitram won in four, with the award for Best… Continue reading HIGH GROUND and NITRAM dominate 2021 FCCA AWARDS

Viggo Mortensen, a film of his own

Interview by © Jane Freebury When is it a surprise to hear that Viggo Mortensen will appear in an intriguing role? Starring in The Lord of the Rings, The Road, A History of Violence and Green Book he is now the lead in an upcoming feature on the Thai cave rescue of 2018, as one… Continue reading Viggo Mortensen, a film of his own

Best films of 2021: the year in review

  By © Jane Freebury It has been as good a year as any on screen during 2021, and there’s more to come. For the short term, at least. While cinemas were closed it meant blockbusters like No Time To Die and Black Widow were delayed until they could make a splash, and it left… Continue reading Best films of 2021: the year in review

The future of Australian movies

Australian film, where to from here? Too much to lose if Australia’s film and television industries are allowed to slip into decline … again In this year of coronavirus, the Australian film and television industries are not in a good way. Exactly a century ago, despite a great start with the world’s first feature, local… Continue reading The future of Australian movies

Six Degrees of Separation, revisited

Streaming on Stan. By © Jane Freebury Six Degrees of Separation, a film from 1993, had a catchy idea and title to match that has had the distinction of becoming part of our lexicon. Other movies come to mind, like Groundhog Day and Bucket List, but there aren’t that many. A name for a list… Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation, revisited

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2020

By © Jane Freebury During the Academy Awards this year, when a foreign language film from South Korea carried off the top awards, it seemed a watershed moment for Hollywood.  The time to invite the rest of the world to the red carpet had at last arrived. Let’s also remember that in 2011 Michael Hazanavicius’… Continue reading Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2020

At home with The Truth: interview with director Hirokazu Kore-ada

By © Jane Freebury After winning the top prize at Cannes festival last year for his film, Shoplifters, the director Hirokazu Kore-ada went to work on a new project in France. He had something quite different up his sleeve. It was to be set in a grand old Parisian home with a leafy garden, the… Continue reading At home with The Truth: interview with director Hirokazu Kore-ada

Bushranger Movies: past and present

Published in print and online in the Canberra Times, 2 & 3 December: The Legend of Ben Hall: new film about outlaw Ben Hall shows Australia’s taste for bushranger films has never diminished Feature © Jane Freebury Such is life, or is it? Bushranger films, one of the most popular films ever made in Australia,… Continue reading Bushranger Movies: past and present

Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival

First published in the Canberra Times on 23 July 2016 © by Jane Freebury Two years ago, a bitter-sweet documentary about the backing singers behind stars like Jagger, Sting, Springsteen and Bowie won the Oscar for best documentary. Not only did the Morgan Neville doco, 20 Feet from Stardom, beat The Square, about upheavals in… Continue reading Stronger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival

Scandinavian Film Festival 2016

First published in the Canberra Times on 8 July 2016     © by Jane Freebury  Arriving with the mid-winter chill, the Scandinavian Film Festival is back on cue this July. By turns bold and beautiful, Scandinavian cinema can be outrageous, funny and frank, and can deliver a jolt, like a shot of vodka, straight… Continue reading Scandinavian Film Festival 2016

The Big Steal – retrospective published in Metro

My detailed study of The Big Steal (1990), an Australian classic from director Nadia Tass and cinematographer, writer and producer David Parker, is published in the latest issue, Issue188, of Metro Magazine: Media & Education Magazine. http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=043748660739850;res=IELAPA http://www.metromagazine.com.au/magazine/  

inaugural American indie film festival

Also published in the Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald (online) on 11 May 2016   Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now by © Jane Freebury                         Natalie Portman in Jane Got A Gun     Who would claim that Hollywood deserves what it earns at the box office? It… Continue reading inaugural American indie film festival

Spanish Film Festival 2016

Also published in the Canberra Times on 9 April 2016 at: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/whats-on-at-the-spanish-film-festival-2016-in-canberra-20160404-gnxrrr.html   © Jane Freebury It wasn’t that long ago, well maybe it was 20 years, when for  many of us moviegoers the Spanish cinema was synonymous with the work of Pedro Almodovar. And vice versa. His films were irreverent, often dark, sexy and funny,… Continue reading Spanish Film Festival 2016

Tentmakers of Cairo

Published in the Canberra Times on 26 March 2016 at: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/canberra-filmmakers-the-tentmakers-of-cairo-shows-artisans-during-arab-spring-20160322-gnoebd.html © Jane Freebury Something tells me that the cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead would have enjoyed hearing that a documentary award in her name had gone to a film about men who sew. Mead became famous in the 1920s-30s for her books based on research in… Continue reading Tentmakers of Cairo

Gillian Armstrong and her latest – Women He’s Undressed

© Jane Freebury The story of Orry-Kelly, a gifted designer who created costumes for the Hollywood stars over three decades, would be tantalising fantasy were it not anchored in fact. Here’s this young man from Kiama on the south coast of NSW who leaves for America, never to return, or at least only for visits.… Continue reading Gillian Armstrong and her latest – Women He’s Undressed