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Tag: Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Wonderland

Thursday, April 12th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the very definition of a classic. On first publication in 1865 it did for children’s books what Don Quixote had done for romances of chivalry: making a mockery of their pompous, moralising tone; using wilful nonsense to expose the unwitting variety. The author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98) was an Oxford […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Hollywood Costume

Saturday, July 27th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, a turning point arrives through a change of costume. James Stewart, playing the damaged cop, Scottie, sees a girl who closely resembles the dead woman who haunts his thoughts. That woman, Madeleine, is on Scottie’s conscience and in his heart. In Judy, a shop girl from Kansas, he recognises Madeleine’s double […]

Film Reviews

Tim Burton

Saturday, August 28th, 2010 Film Reviews, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In his bravura performance as the Joker in Batman (1989), Jack Nicholson delivers a line that says a lot about director, Tim Burton. “We mustn’t compare ourselves to regular people,” he tells Kim Basinger. “We’re artists.” One should never underestimate middle-class mediocrity as a spur to greater achievement. Burton’s entire career as graphic artist, animator, […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Dennis Hopper & the New Hollywood

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When Dennis Hopper read the script of David Lynch’s 1986 film, Blue Velvet, he is reputed to have called the director and said: “You have to let me play Frank Booth because I am Frank Booth.” Nobody who has seen Blue Velvet could ever forget Hopper’s performance: a blue-eyed psychopath puffing pure oxygen from a […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Len Lye, Screen Worlds & A Day in Pompeii

Saturday, September 26th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Len Lye had charisma. The British poet, Alistair Reid dubbed him “the least boring person who ever existed,” and everyone who knew him seems to have fallen under his spell. Not bad for a working class boy from New Zealand who arrived in London in 1926 with no contacts and no money, sustained only by […]