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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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Saturday 24 December 2016
Film TV

best on screen: 2016 in film and tv

Rosie Hunt
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As 2016 comes to a close, Lip’s film writers share their screen highlights for the year. Unsurprisingly, Netflix is well-represented – perhaps more interestingly, no one chose a film they had seen in an old-fashioned cinema. In 2016, it seems that TV and streaming reigned supreme. What were your favourites? Let us know in the…
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Sunday 18 December 2016
Film TV

gilmore girls: a year in the life review

Rosie Hunt
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This review contains spoilers for all four episodes of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. A couple of Saturdays ago, my Mum and I sat down with a large pizza, a bottle of wine, and Gilmore Girls. I could barely contain my excitement. Eight years after the original series had wrapped up, we would…
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Saturday 10 December 2016
Film

christmas rom-coms aren’t the worst

Hannah Rogers
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  When it comes to Christmas rom-coms, only two are of any importance. These films are of course Love Actually and The Holiday. Both films give you a slight guilty feeling about watching a rom-com, which quickly dissipates as you become emotionally involved. But why should we feel guilty about our emotional entanglement with such…
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Friday 25 November 2016
Film

film review: i, daniel blake

Rosie Hunt
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Sometimes films can take you by surprise: you think you know what you’re in for, but in the safety of the cinema they knock you out of your comfort zone and leave you reeling. For me, I, Daniel Blake was one of those films. While I expected a story of struggle, I certainly didn’t prepare…
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Wednesday 23 November 2016
Film

film review: fantastic beasts and where to find them

Hannah Rogers
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The year is 1926. Our new protagonist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York from Britain with a suitcase full of magical creatures. But a dark force is terrorising the city, threatening to reveal the magical world to the ‘No Majs’ (read: American Muggles) and…. did someone just say Dumbledore, my god I’m so…
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