Last Saturday, it was my distinct privilege to host the UK premiere of Slam (Partho Sen-Gupta, 2018) in my capacity as Co-Programmer for the London Australian Film Society.
Slam is undoubtedly a confronting film, but it is also a very important one in the contemporary climate, and one that I was admittedly a little nervous about screening. Thankfully, audience reactions, both to the film, and to the interesting and illuminating panel discussion that followed, were overwhelmingly positive.
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I’m really excited to be hosting the UK premiere of Partho Sen-Gupta’s stunning SLAM (2018) with the London Australian Film Society. The screening – at Regent Street Cinema on the afternoon of August 10 – is presented in collaboration with The Riz Test, and with the support of the Menzies Australia Institute.
The feature will be preceded by a screening of short poetry film Borders (Shagufta K Iqbal / Elizabeth Mizon, 2017, and will include a post-screening panel discussion involving media commentators, scholars, and activists discussing a range of issues, from screen representation to the broader contexts of Islamophobia in Australia and Britain.
I will be chairing the panel, with guests including Shaf Choudry (The Riz Test), Dr Aurelien Mondon (University of Bath), and Shagufta K Iqbal (The Yoniverse).
More info can be found on the LAFS website, and tickets can be booked directly via Regent Street Cinema.
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The recent British Life on Film: History and the Film Archive symposium offered a fascinating glimpse at the breadth of work being done with digital archival film from a host of filmmakers, artists, archivists, curators, and historians.
Read my review over on the excellent IAMHIST Blog.
Last month, in the wake of the Christchurch killings, I gave an interview to CNN International journalist (and Australian ex-pat) Sheena McKenzie on the current state of Australian politics, and whether I thought Australian politicians had ‘learnt anything’ in the wake of the tragedy.
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My review of Pam Hirsch and Chris O’Rourke’s edited collection of essays about London and the moving image has now been published by the Journal of British Cinema and Television.
Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW – London on Film, by Pam Hirsch and Chris O’Rourke (eds.)”
As mentioned on Twitter a little while back, I am pleased to confirm that the book I am co-editing with Dr Peter Kilroy – Screening Australia: Culture, Media, Context – will be published in 2020 by Peter Lang, as part of their Australian Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives series.
The details are obviously still under wraps, but the edited collection stems from a seminar series held at the Menzies Australia Institute a few years ago, and should include chapters on topics including early television, screenwriting, documentary re-enactment, artists’ moving image, Indigenous comedy, the Australian gothic, geology and cinema, and much more.
Watch this space!
My review of Dafna Ruppin’s thoroughly detailed history of early cinema in colonial Indonesia has now been published by the journal Early Popular Visual Culture.
Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW – The Komedi Bioscoop: early cinema in colonial Indonesia, by Dafna Ruppin”