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1 See Mark Reddie & Jonathan Hair, ‘Sydney IT Manager Accused of Raping Schoolboy He Met on Grindr Is Granted Bail’, ABC News, 4 October 2018, , accessed 28 Oct
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GHOST IN THE ALGORITHM Justin Krook’s Machine and Advancing AI
‘I think Black Mirror got it right,’ says director Justin Krook. ‘Technology is a reflection of ourselves.’1 The filmmaker is speaking at a Q&A after the world premiere of his documentary Machine at the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival, ans
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Dawn of the Dad MASCULINITY AND MATURITY IN ABE FORSYTHE’S LITTLE MONSTERS
‘I never set out to make a zombie movie, it kind of just ended up happening,’ Little Monsters (2019) writer/director Abe Forsythe told film website Den of Geek last year, ‘but it happened in a really organic way, because it just fed into this stuff a
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There is a scene in Once upon a Time … in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino, 2019) in which Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), an underemployed stunt performer, finds himself on the set of 1960s TV series The Green Hornet with Bruce Lee (Mike Moh). The Lee of the f
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Endnotes
1 Abe Forsythe, quoted in Matthew Schuchman, ‘Little Monsters: How Zombies Can Teach Us Kindness’, Den of Geek, 10 October 2019, , accessed 21 October 2019. 2
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Spectres Of The Past Necropolitics And Colonial Trauma In Dark Place
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Artificial Inheritance ROBOTICS AND RESPONSIBILITY IN GRANT SPUTORE’S I AM MOTHER
Let’s get this out of the way early: I Am Mother (Grant Sputore, 2019) isn’t an especially original movie. To a degree, that goes part and parcel with its chosen genre, speculative sci-fi, given the long shadow cast by its predecessors over the last
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Legacy of a Law breaker Andrew Dominik’s Chopper Turns Twenty
‘So often, in movies, violent characters are portrayed as […] supernaturally evil or there’s [… an] ideological justification for everything they do,’ suggested director Andrew Dominik prior to the release of Chopper (2000), his debut film about the
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1 Grant Sputore, quoted in Brad Gullickson, ‘Talking Love and Robots with the Director of I Am Mother’, Film School Rejects, 15 June 2019, , accessed 11 October 2019. 2 ibid. 3 We first see Mother
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Sons of Matthew
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The Lingering Melodies of Trauma
A TALE OF COMMUNAL HEALING BETWEEN TWO EMOTIONALLY WOUNDED MEN, BEN LAWRENCE’S FICTION DEBUT TAKES AN INTIMATE PREMISE AND INJECTS IT WITH LARGER-SCALE SIGNIFICANCE, TACKLING ETHICAL REPORTAGE, MASCULINITY AND MENTAL ILLNESS, AS WELL AS INTERCULTURAL
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Principal Credits
Year of release 1949 Length 107 mins Director/ Producer Charles Chauvel Associate Producer Elsa Chauvel Writers Charles Chauvel, Elsa Chauvel & Maxwell Dunn Funding and support Universal International Pictures, Greater Union Theatres & Queensland Gov
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The Price of Fish SLAVERY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN RODD RATHJEN’S BUOYANCY
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Scope SCREEN INDUSTRY VIEWS
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Hell Hath No Fury
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TWISTED Sisters Invention and Isolation in Foxtel’s Lambs of God
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WATCH LIST Melbourne WebFest 2019 and the Continued Rise of Web Series
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SMOKE AND MIRRORS Midi Z’s Nina Wu and the Cinema of Self-reflection
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FINDING HOME IN A DAYDREAM Shahrbanoo Sadat’s The Orphanage and Afghan Storytelling
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BIRTH CONTROL Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s One Child Nation
The personal often sits at the centre of the political. In One Child Nation (Nanfu Wang & Jialing Zhang, 2019), the Sundance US Grand Jury Prize–winning documentary that takes a skewering look at China’s state-introduced one-child policy, this sentim
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The Pen Is Mightier the than Gun JUSTIN KURZEL’S TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG AND PUNK HISTORIOGRAPHY
As anyone who frequents film festivals of any scale can attest, there’s a near-ritualistic approach to scheduling as one maps out the sequence of movies one hopes to see. Running times, venue locations, care factors – all come together in an often mu
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A RACE TO THE GOAL Adam Goodes’ Story in The Final Quarter and The Australian Dream
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Endnotes
1 See the Glenrowan Tourist Centre website, , accessed 25 October 2019. 2 See ‘The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)’, Memory of the World, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization websi
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In September 2018, a forty-year-old Sydney man allegedly drove to the home of a thirteen-year-old boy and sexually assaulted him on the front lawn. The attacker and victim had reportedly connected on a hook-up app, exchanging photos and personal info
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