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Friday 24 March 2017
Film

film review: jasper jones

Sarah Randall
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Director Rachel Perkins’ latest film, Jasper Jones, is a powerful and suspenseful coming-of-age drama that will undoubtedly join the likes of Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in the canon of great Australian films. Adapted from Craig Silvey’s novel of the same name, the film opens in 1969, when young…
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Monday 20 March 2017
Arts Culture Film

women in film: the big pineapple competition

Rosie Hunt
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Can you make a feature film with $50,000 dollars? Australian filmmaker Sophie Mathisen (Drama) is certain that you can. This is the idea behind the inaugural Big Pineapple Film Competition, launched in February this year by the For Film’s Sake Festival and Women in Film and Television . Mathisen, who is director of both organisations, says…
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Tuesday 14 March 2017
Film

film review: the love witch

Jessie Adams
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Lip‘s Jessie Adams recently attended an exclusive season of The Love Witch at Melbourne’s Lido Cinemas. Check out her review below. Anna Biller’s second feature film The Love Witch weaves a kaleidoscopic spell in genuine 35mm colour film cinematography, conjuring complicated visions of feminine archetypes, gender politics, and sumptuous 1960s occult fashion and film aesthetics. The film…
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Monday 6 March 2017
Film

film review: fifty shades darker

Athena Bellas
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Fifty Shades Darker, the second film in the Fifty Shades trilogy, picks up where the last movie left off. Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) has broken up with Christian (Jamie Dornan) and is pursuing a career in publishing. But it’s not long before Christian shows up in her life again to convince her that he’s a changed…
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Friday 3 March 2017
Culture Film

women in film: angourie rice

Sarah Randall
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Angourie Rice is a young Australian actress known for her roles in These Final Hours and The Nice Guys. Lip’s Sarah Randall recently spoke to Angourie about her experiences in the industry and her role in the film adaptation of Jasper Jones. What drew you to Jasper Jones and the character of Eliza, specifically? I…
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Friday 24 February 2017
Film

film review: jackie

Rosie Hunt
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Academy Awards season is well and truly upon us, and now is the time to indulge in as many nominated pictures as physically possible. With nominations for Best Actress, Best Original Music Score, and Best Costume Design, Pablo Larraín’s biopic Jackie should absolutely be on every film goer’s list. From the first minute of the…
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Wednesday 22 February 2017
Film

film review: elle

Samantha Armatys
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Content note: This review includes discussion of rape. Pained gargles ring out over a black screen and before colours fade in, the image of a brutal attack already conjured. So begins Elle, Paul Verhoeven’s multilayered and genre-defying latest offering. Dark rape revenge thriller, black comedy, or cutting social commentary?  Well, that all depends on who…
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Friday 17 February 2017
Film

interview: lisa rose, queer screen president

Eden Faithfull
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With the 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival kicking off in Sydney this week, Lip’s Eden Faithfull chatted with Queer Screen President Lisa Rose about this year’s program. The festival runs from 15 February – 2 March and includes screenings in Sydney, Canberra, and regional NSW. Find out more at queerscreen.org.au.   You have created an…
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Thursday 16 February 2017
Film

film reviews: mardi gras film festival

Eden Faithfull
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With the 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival kicking off in Sydney this week, Lip’s Eden Faithfull takes a look at two featured films. Presented by Queer Screen, the festival runs from 15 February – 2 March and includes screenings in Sydney, Canberra, and regional NSW. Find out more at www.queerscreen.org.au. Bad Girl (Australia) Fin Edquist’s…
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Monday 6 February 2017
Arts Culture Film

women in film: nora niasari

Rosie Hunt
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Nora Niasari is an Iranian-Australian film writer and director. Her latest film is Waterfall. Lip’s Rosie Hunt recently talked to Nora about her work. What can you tell me about Waterfall? Waterfall is a short film about a 14-year-old Iranian girl who goes on a road trip with her mother and her mother’s Australian fiancé….
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Friday 3 February 2017
Film TV

tv review: a series of unfortunate events

Hannah Rogers
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When I first heard that A Series of Unfortunate Events was to be turned into a Netflix series I was ecstatic— a word that here means jumping on the furniture with glee. The books and the very good film which came out in 2004 were a fundamental part of my childhood, so much so that…
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Sunday 29 January 2017
Film

film review: allied

Athena Bellas
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Allied opens in Casablanca, 1942, where Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and French Resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard) meet to work undercover. The pair pretend to be husband and wife, and befriend a group of Nazis in order to gain access to an event attended by the German ambassador. While working together,…
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Wednesday 25 January 2017
Film

reconfiguring the female victim in american honey

Samantha Armatys
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With university holidays upon me, the luxury of leisure time unfurled, lovely and inviting. Finally, time to catch up on all the music, books and films that had been stockpiling. A little behind the eight ball, I immersed myself in Andrea Arnold’s epic 163-minute Cannes Jury Prize winner American Honey. I had heard little about…
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Wednesday 28 December 2016
Film

film review: la la land

Giuliana Cincotta
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Discouraged by another failed audition, La La Land’s Mia (Emma Stone) takes the high, albeit hopeful, road to produce a one-woman show and forge her own luck in life. At one point, daunted by the feat, she worries to her lover Sebastian (Ryan Gosling): ‘It feels too nostalgic to me. Are people going to like…
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