How much did Pauline Kael’s 1980 New Yorker review of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith have to do with establishing director Fred Schepisi’s name outside the confines of Australia? This article looks at the ways critics shape and reshape the reputation of a film.
Following the acclaimed The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting was John Duigan’s second instalment in a proposed trilogy featuring Noah Taylor in the role of Danny Embling. It also stars Nicole Kidman and has much to say about gender, race and colonial attitudes.
For some time, much film scholarship has been interested in what can broadly be termed ‘trauma theory’. David Carlin applies the ideas to this recent Australian film dealing with train accidents.