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Aussies shine at Venice and Toronto film festivals

Aussies shine at Venice and Toronto film festivals

Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Debicki and Jennifer Kent were just some of the highlights at the two great festivals that unofficially kick off the awards season.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury

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Australian director Jennifer Kent called a 'whore' at Venice festival
Sexism

Australian director Jennifer Kent called a 'whore' at Venice festival

The only female-directed movie in the main competition at Venice has been heckled, with Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent called a "whore".

  • by Robin Pomeroy
'Bus Trip' tells story of disabled man targeted on a bus

'Bus Trip' tells story of disabled man targeted on a bus

The Canberra short film features an actor with epilepsy.

  • by Andrea Martinello
Acute Misfortune wins The Age Critics Award at MIFF
Feminism

Acute Misfortune wins The Age Critics Award at MIFF

The adaptation of Erik Jensen's book about artist Adam Cullen has been judged the best Australian feature at this year's film festival.

  • by Karl Quinn
Violence against women, rape on the screen: Can it ever be justified?
Feminism

Violence against women, rape on the screen: Can it ever be justified?

Two bold new movies tackle the challenging - and topical - question of whether such disturbing scenes can ever be liberated from the male gaze.

  • by Karl Quinn
After 30 years on screen, Ethan Hawke is still on song
Arts

After 30 years on screen, Ethan Hawke is still on song

The actor and director has three cracking films at the Melbourne Film Festival and has just won Locarno's excellence award.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
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It's a love story, says director of new Wayne Gardner documentary

It's a love story, says director of new Wayne Gardner documentary

Last Cab to Darwin director Jeremy Sims has turned his hand to documentary, and surprised himself with the results.

  • by Karl Quinn
The truth is out there in MIFF documentaries - but which truth is it?

The truth is out there in MIFF documentaries - but which truth is it?

The idea of 'truth' has never been more contested than in this era of fake news, and it's a theme that resonates in a number of films at MIFF this year.

  • by Karl Quinn
Portrait of toxic masculinity
Arts

Portrait of toxic masculinity

Based on the book about the relationship between writer Erik Jensen and painter Adam Cullen, this is ultimately a grim portrait.

  • by Karl Quinn
Could Terry Gilliam's Quixote 'curse' infect Australian film festivals?

Could Terry Gilliam's Quixote 'curse' infect Australian film festivals?

The uncertain legal status of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote could prove costly for the Melbourne and Sydney film festivals.

  • by Karl Quinn
Aussie director Jennifer Kent the only woman in Venice Film Festival line-up
Sexism

Aussie director Jennifer Kent the only woman in Venice Film Festival line-up

The festival has once again faced criticism for its lack of female representation.

  • by Genevieve Rota