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Wednesday 28 January 2015
Film Opinion

the academy awards have a serious diversity problem

Jade Bate
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The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards came out last week. Amongst the deserving successes for films like Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood, there is a certain noticeable pattern emerging from the nominees in the major categories. For the first time in almost 20 years every single person nominated in the acting categories…
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Saturday 17 January 2015
Film

film review: the imitation game

Jade Bate
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World War Two films don’t often show us what happened behind the scenes. Most often they are intently focused on depicting the horror and destruction of the front line, and not the work of mathematicians, engineers and scientists who used their minds rather than brawn to end the war. One such mind was Alan Turing,…
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Thursday 1 January 2015
Film

lip film club: 2014 vs 2015

Lauren Strickland
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The Lip Film Club look back on the year that was and make their resolutions for the new one, answering the two most important questions on the lips of every cinephile: what was the best thing you saw in 2014, and what are you most looking forward to in 2015?   JADE BATE   2014: One…
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Wednesday 17 December 2014
Film

film review: nightcrawler

Giuliana Cincotta
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Ever wondered how the grisly footage of a fiery accident’s twisted aftermath graces your television on the evening news? Thank the appropriately termed “nightcrawler,” the professional that makes a living pursuing life’s many tragedies so that we may revel in their morbid trade. Such calamitous work demands speed, and bidding the most intimate and grittiest…
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Saturday 13 December 2014
Film

film review: maps to the stars

Jade Bate
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Hollywood rarely turns the camera upon itself. If it does, Oscar-bait biopics about dead actors and filmmakers are usually the way it goes. Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg’s latest exploration into the grotesqueness of the human condition, depicts the horrors of Hollywood’s narcissistic psyche, relishing in showcasing the demonic egomania and envy that fuels…
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Saturday 6 December 2014
Column Film

kick ass feminists on film: thelma & louise

Jade Bate
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Everyone knows that complex and empowering female characters are difficult to find in mainstream films. But there are some who have stood out and become the changing faces of feminism in cinema. In this monthly column, Jade Bate looks at her favourite film heroines who are strong, empowering and kick ass. Female friendship is one…
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Wednesday 3 December 2014
Film

film review: interstellar

Kate Voss
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Christopher Nolan has to be one of the most polarising filmmakers of the modern age. Just start a conversation in the presence of “Caped Crusader” fans about his Batman Begins, The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises, and watch the sparks start to fly: those who liked the films, those who didn’t like them…those…
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Tuesday 2 December 2014
Film

film review: the hunger games: mockingjay – part one

Emma Robinson
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‘All too often representations of women’s strength overlook the cost of that strength, where it rises from, and how it is called upon when needed most.’ Roxane Gay, What We Hunger For Totalitarian nation state Panem is in chaos. When Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) shot her arrow into the force field of the second Hunger…
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Saturday 29 November 2014
Film

film review: my old lady

Kiah Meadows
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I was absolutely overjoyed when I was offered the chance to review My Old Lady. I think it was because I could get a credit on my resume out of the 2 hours of my life that otherwise would have been written off. That’s not true, those 2 hours weren’t a write off; I considered…
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Friday 28 November 2014
Film

tilde: melbourne’s trans and gender diverse film festival

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Last weekend, Melbourne hosted tilde, a pioneering film festival focussed on the stories of Trans* and Gender Diverse (GD) filmmakers and individuals. Run entirely by volunteers, tilde welcomed all to the Bella Union Bar at Trades Hall, where a range of diverse stories and experienced were shared. With evolving aims to strengthen connections across communities,…
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Friday 14 November 2014
Film TV

tv review: the good wife, season six

Michael Wu
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The Good Wife, as it proved even in its earliest seasons, houses some of television’s best and most complex female characters on television. In the current landscape of television, where women are so often subjected to roles defined by male characters, the show presents dynamic and layered women like Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Diane…
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Monday 10 November 2014
Featured Film

my big fat gypsy wedding: the sad truth about gender stereotypes that still exist in britain today

Sarah McGhee
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If you live in England, you would undoubtedly have heard of the Channel 4 documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, which explores the lives of gypsy travellers all over Great Britain. The series follows various teenage girls in the weeks and months leading up to a big event in their young lives, whether it’s their…
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Monday 10 November 2014
Film

film review: this is where i leave you

Emma Robinson
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This Is Where I Leave You tells the story of four siblings who get together for seven days under the same roof for the first time in years following the death of their father. Sharing space the house they grew up in forces this family to confront their many issues and personal deficiencies. There is…
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Wednesday 5 November 2014
Film TV Uncategorised

tv review: party tricks

Rosie Hunt
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Channel Ten’s new political drama Party Tricks opens with an uncomfortably familiar scenario: a public controversy surrounding comments made about a female politician who doesn’t have children. In this case, though, it wasn’t former Prime Minister Julia Gillard they were talking about— it was Kate Ballard, the fictional Premier of Victoria played by Asher Keddie…
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