Ed Gibbs

Ed Gibbs

Ed Gibbs writes widely across film, music and television, and covers the world’s biggest film festivals – including Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Toronto – for Fairfax’s stable of print and digital mastheads.

Partisan success

Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman makes waves at Sundance with the help of Vincent Cassel

Ed Gibbs French star Vincent Cassel’s performance in Partisan sees up-and-coming director Ariel Kleiman joining the elite at Sundance

Shining in Sundance

Nicole Kidman wows at Sundance in Strangerland

Nicole Kidman at the premiere of <i>Strangerland</i> in Sundance where festival director John Cooper was effusive about her performance: 'It's a big one for her. She's really good in it. She's a much better actress than people give her credit for.'

Ed Gibbs Nicole Kidman looks set to prove her critics wrong, with her performance in the new Aussie thriller Strangerland drawing a rapturous reception from audiences at the Sundance film festival in Utah.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal taps his inner psycho for Nightcrawler: 'I don't think this experience will ever go away completely'

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal poses during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California November 8, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Ed Gibbs Jake Gyllenhaal says his roving TV cameraman on the trail of tragedy is like a coyote - and a lot like the real thing.

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Ecstatic reception for Kill Me Three Times as Red Dog director Kriv Stenders leads Aussie assault in Toronto

Tough guy: Simon Pegg stars in Kriv Stenders' crime caper <i>Kill Me Three Times</i>.

Ed Gibbs Red Dog director Kriv Stenders leads the Aussie charge with a deranged comedy thriller at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Venice Film Festival

Catherine Deneuve opens her heart at Venice premiere

Catherine Deneuve.

Ed Gibbs As she wows crowds at Venice Film Festival, the legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve says she doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon.

Venice Film Festival

Melbourne takes centre stage at Venice Film Festival

Sara (Negar Javaherian) in Iranian film <i>Melbourne</i>, which has screened at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

Ed Gibbs The world's most liveable city takes centre stage at the world's longest-running film festival.


Ryan Gosling dismisses critics savaging his directorial debut Lost River

Ryan Gosling

Ed Gibbs Ryan Gosling remains defiant despite his directorial debut managing to top Grace of Monaco as the worst-reviewed film at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger ignite old rivalry at Cannes

Best mates or bitter rivals after 20 years? Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger promoting The Expendables 3 at Cannes.

Ed Gibbs Sly and Arnie inadvertently let slip their bitter rivalry, more than 20 years after their action-hero heydays.

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Fading Gigolo

John Turturro turns to Woody Allen for sex advice


Ed Gibbs Actor-director John Turturro sought the wise counsel of a man who epitomises the Big Apple.

Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones: The Invisible Woman no more

Felicity Jones as Nelly Ternan in <i>The Invisible Woman</i>.

Ed Gibbs Felicity Jones is a study in the downtrodden woman onscreen, but the English rose is a far cry from that offscreen.

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes' edgy role as a dapper Dickens in The Invisible Woman

Ed Gibbs Ralph Fiennes puts aside Charles Dickens' reputation as a model of Victorian probity in a look behind closed doors.

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Wolf Creek 2

John Jarratt as Mick Taylor in <i>Wolf Creek 2</i>.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Ed Gibbs A much-delayed cash-in on a uniquely Australian premise, which had its day years ago.

Out of the Furnace

<i>Out of the Furnace</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Ed Gibbs Without Christian Bale, this film would be forgettable, consigned to straight-to-DVD bargain bins.

Out of the Furnace review: on a hunt with nerves of steel

Out of the furnace

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Ed Gibbs A well-intentioned, if overly familiar, blue-collar drama that bristles with energy whenever Christian Bale appears on screen.

Wolf Creek 2 review: sequel bandwagon is a hitch-hike too far

John Jarratt as Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek 2.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Ed Gibbs Wolf Creek 2 is an overdone affair that tries too hard without matching the horrors of the 2005 original.

Nebraska review: state of the nation


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Ed Gibbs Alexander Payne's labour of love is a true American dream, an ode to the desolate wheat belt told with wit and candour.


Bruce Dern in <i>Nebraska</i>.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Ed Gibbs This is a rare delight of a film, harking back to a golden era of American cinema.

Last Vegas

<i>Last Vegas</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Ed Gibbs Beyond all the noise of the Vegas strip lies a buddy comedy with a bit of heart.

Dallas Buyers Club

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Ed Gibbs This could well be Matthew McConaughey's most affecting on-screen turn yet.

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris portrays truth with daring in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Naomie Harris

Ed Gibbs Portraying Winnie Mandela took a toll on Naomie Harris, but at least she came away with her subject's blessing.