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Dawn Mikkelson's Risking Light: Forgiveness in Three Parts

Looking at the media landscape in 2018, it’s very easy to become cynical about the world we live in. Dawn Mikkelson provides something of an antidote to that cynicism with her film Risking Light, which premieres at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival…
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Fans of music documentaries like Some Kind of Monster and Anvil: The Story of Anvil will not want to miss Julian Boshier’s Swagger of Thieves when it screens at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival on Saturday the 14th of July. Swagger of Thieves…
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Einstein's Film at Warner Brothers: Feb 3, 1931

It’s very hard to explain one’s enthusiasm about a film or particular piece of film because one is steered by the sum of one’s life experience at that point, and everyone’s experience is different. I will try and explain why the below clip is one of my…
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Interview: Stefan Bugryn discusses War Mothers

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is screening the works of many exceptional filmmakers this year, but one of the standouts is War Mothers, directed by Melbourne-based filmmaker Stefan Bugryn. War Mothers takes us to frontlines of the War in…
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Anjelica Huston on James Joyce: A Shout in the Street

Mention the name James Joyce to most people, and they’ll be able to tell you that he was a brilliant Irish writer. There’s even a good chance they’ll be able to point to a copy of his much-revered masterpiece Ulysses on their bookshelf. But it’s also…
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Two years ago I was lucky enough to attend the first annual Melbourne Documentary Film Festival as a media partner. Looking at the vast array of high-quality Australian and international documentaries they had on offer, I knew that I was seeing the…
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Sex and Tragedy: Hollywood’s Hypocritical Treatment of Gay Characters

Why does it always seem that mainstream American filmmakers are perfectly fine with showing homosexual relationships and even gay sex onscreen … as long as the characters don’t wind up with individuals of the same genders at the ends of the movies? A look…
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Musical Snares, Part II: ‘Excalibur,’ Wagner and the Context of Melody

Anyone care to explain why music from Richard Wagner’s seminal opera Tristan und Isolde, which tells the story of the doomed love between Arthurian Knight of the Round Table Sir Tristan and the already married queen Iseult, is used to accent scenes…
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Ready Player One a Fun, Contemplative Work

Ready Player One dumps pop culture over its audience’s head like a baby playing with a bowl of spaghetti. You’re not just immersed into it – you’re lathered with it. It stays with you like stink on a skunk. You retreat to it, hide in it, elope with it off…
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Five legendary directors who made their debut 50 years ago

1968 was a dynamic year in cinema. French cinema. Important new movies from Godard, Truffaut, and Chabrol. Even more revolution happening off screen. Many young French directors staged a revolution at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. One of the…
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