James Di Martino: Unmasking <em>The Faceless Man</em>

James Di Martino: Unmasking The Faceless Man

Debut feature director James Di Martino talks blood, gore, “borrowing” from other films, and his wonderfully nutso horror gem, The Faceless Man.
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Unsung Aussie Actors – Muriel Steinbeck

Unsung Aussie Actors – Muriel Steinbeck

For almost three decades Muriel Steinbeck was one of the most respected actors in Australia, giving acclaimed performances in radio, theatre, film and TV; she endorsed lipstick and chocolate, was a genuine box office draw on stage, and starred in both films and the first Australian TV soap. Despite that,
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Scenes from a Film Festival

Scenes from a Film Festival

Our roving FIPRESCI juror has filed a report on the recent Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. You’ll have to read to the end to find out who won.
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3 Ways to Build Tension in Films

3 Ways to Build Tension in Films

Conveying tension is one of the main aspects a film needs in order to be satisfying to the audience. Films generally considered greats are rife with tension, whether it comes from the characters, their situation, or the stakes built up around them. So, how is this tension built up?
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Mary Harron: Listen To What <em>Charlie Says</em>

Mary Harron: Listen To What Charlie Says

He wandered briefly through Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and now killer cult leader Charles Manson takes the screen again in Mary Harron’s Charlie Says.
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Best Gamers In Movie History

Best Gamers In Movie History

One of the most exciting movie genres is that surrounding gaming. The tension of gaming scenes is exciting, and the drama of each outcome has natural stakes attached to them that every movie scene should have.
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Australian Movie Stars

Australian Movie Stars

In a throwback to our infamous What’s Wrong With the Australian Film Industry column, Stephen Vagg takes a look at the 'definites', 'maybes' and 'not reallys' of this country’s screen stars.
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MIFF Blog: Day For Night

MIFF Blog: Day For Night

A cinema marathon can often result in a blurring of emotions, as our Melbourne International Film Festival blogger discovered with his latest feast of cinema.
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Screwed!: Films That Got Done Over

Screwed!: Films That Got Done Over

Unloved, abandoned, disparaged, ignored or barely released…these films were royally screwed by the often heartless backers and studios that financed them.
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MIFF Blog: <i>Long Day’s Journey Into Night</i> - a goddamn movie

MIFF Blog: Long Day’s Journey Into Night – a goddamn movie

So much to do, so little time to accomplish it, but it's nothing compared to what it would have taken young poet turned filmmaker Bi Gan to pull off the unbroken, mesmerising 55 minute single shot that closes his latest film.
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Unsung Aussie Actors – Ron Randell: A Top Twenty

Unsung Aussie Actors – Ron Randell: A Top Twenty

We shine a light on the career of this (relatively) little known actor who still carved out a sixty year career, by looking at twenty of his most notable performances.
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