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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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The Wolf in Australian Art

First published in the Canberra Times on 18 July 2016 © by Jane Freebury In the wake of the Russian Revolution of 1917, young Danila Vassilieff, a trained engineer and former White Army soldier, left his homeland behind. After extensive travels in Asia, he made…

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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…

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Scorsese by Stratton

   © Jane Freebury When he notched up 18 years as director of the Sydney Film Festival, David Stratton became a founding father of movie culture in this country. He needs no introduction. While he was a TV film critic opposite Margaret Pomeranz for the next…

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HotDocs in Oz in 2016

A version of this article was published in the Canberra Times on 10 June 2016 © Jane Freebury Ask anyone, who you don't expect will know the answer, for the name of the highest earning documentary of all time. There's a good chance they'd nominate…

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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/  

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Bushranger Ben Hall to step out of Ned’s shadow

© Jane Freebury Bushranger movies did a brisk business early last century until the authorities put a stop to them. What influence were they having on an impressionable populace? The burgeoning genre included films about Ben Hall, Dan Morgan, Frank Gardiner, Captain Starlight, John Vane…

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The Kid Stakes gets the Jan Preston treatment

© Jane Freebury Boogie woogie and blues pianist Jan Preston often has a twinkle in her eye. When she accompanies the early Australian silent comedy classic, The Kid Stakes, her music definitely means mischief. She has composed a score for this 1927 black and white…

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