BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Coming to Body at Brighton Rock with an awareness of Benjamin’s background in horror makes it an even more intriguing watch, as it is not so much a ‘horror’ film as such but rather a thriller that employs the iconography, codes and conventions of horror to paint a compelling portrait of its desperate protagonist’s psychological terrain.

Read more

Australia’s 2019 Moro Spanish Film Festival – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

As demonstrated by this carefully curated selection of eleven films, the future is bright for Spanish and Latin American women filmmakers and this program is a rare opportunity to see their work presented on the big screen in Australia.

Read more

KNIFE+HEART – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Both vicious and joyful, nostalgic and distinctly contemporary, Knife+Heart is above all else unapologetic in the multiple excesses that mark this defiant project of queer genre filmmaking. Vanessa Paradis has for decades demonstrated time and time again an impressive range in her craft, but it is most recently in Yann Gonzalez’s slick neo-giallo Knife+Heart that her unparalleled screen presence has been most effectively utilized.

Read more

Defining Feminist Film Criticism – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas comments

I’ve learned in that time that ‘feminism’ means different things to different people and that this diversity is important. I like ‘feminisms’ plural because it allows different positions to co-exist and be debated and so I don’t sound like I am shouting anyone down I tend to describe my work as ‘interested in gender politics’ rather than feminist because the latter can be read in so many different ways. In short, therefore, feminism is the belief that gender difference relates to power in a way that predominantly favors men, and marks a desire to interrogate that with a focus on change.

Read more

REFLECTIONS IN THE DUST – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

With its world premiere at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Australian filmmaker Luke Sullivan may have found himself a long way from home geographically with his sophomore feature Reflections in the Dust, but the film itself is far more closely aligned to European art cinema traditions than what might be more immediately thought of as ‘typical’ Australian cinema.

Read more

3O MILES FROM NOWHERE – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

30 Miles from Nowhere is the perfect combination of familiar, comfortable genre codes and conventions given a fun twist, resulting in thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience. It is the perfect popcorn-friendly horror movie – fun, full of energy, self-aware but never smug, and fresh enough to keep its audience wondering.

Read more

What’s Up Down Under? THE WHEEL Spins New Sci-Fi Terrain – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

In Australia, Dee McLachlan’s The Wheel, filmed primarily at Melbourne’s Dockland Studios, takes the director of 2007’s acclaimed movie about human trafficking The Jammed to new territory, McLachlan turning her attention away from the gritty Melbourne streets to the potential dramatic potential of a films set in a tech-heavy, militarized dystopian future.

Read more

SPOTLIGHT January 2019: Karyn Kusama, Feminist Filmmaker, DESTROYER

A vocal advocate for women filmmakers, Kusama has consistently spoken passionately about the importance of diversity in the film industry. The success of Destroyer will no doubt continue to raise the visibility of the platform from which Kusama speaks, not only as an artist, but as a woman whose voice has been stifled so many times by a male-dominated industry who in the past have been so shamefully dismissive of the important things she has to tell us and of her extraordinarily skillful and creative way of telling them.

Read more