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“The Blue Room is Limitless”: In Conversation with Samuel Van Grinsven, Director of Sequin in a Blue Room

“The Blue Room is Limitless”: In Conversation with Samuel Van Grinsven, Director of Sequin in a Blue Room

August 15th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Australian Films Critics Campus Film Criticism
2019 Critics Campus participant Luke McCarthy talks to Australian filmmaker Samuel Van Grinsven about his feature debut, Sequin in a Blue Room.
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a Blood-Soaked Fairy-Tale that Dares You to Feel Outraged

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a Blood-Soaked Fairy-Tale that Dares You to Feel Outraged

August 14th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Critics Campus Headliners MIFF 2019
MIFF 2019 Critics Campus participant Zoë Almeida Goodall explores the complexities of Quentin Tarantino's already-controversial and much-anticipated new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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Skin and the Allure of ‘Feel-Good’ Race Movies

Skin and the Allure of ‘Feel-Good’ Race Movies

August 13th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Critics Campus Film Criticism MIFF 2019
2019 MIFF Critics Campus Jamie Tram shares his thoughts on Guy Nattiv's film Skin and the complexities of representing racism.
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In My Blood It Runs, Four Ways

In My Blood It Runs, Four Ways

August 12th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Australian Films Critics Campus Film Criticism MIFF 2019 Women Filmmakers
Maya Newell’s In My Blood It Runs is considered from a range of different critical perspectives by four of our 2019 Critics Campus participants, including Michael Sun, Isabella Trimboli, Jamie Tram, and Olivia Bennett.
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The Dead Don’t Die, Four Ways

The Dead Don’t Die, Four Ways

August 11th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Critics Campus Film Criticism Headliners
Four participants from this year's Critics Campus – Luke McCarthy, Claire Cao, Zoë Almeida Goodall and Zach Karpinellison – tackle Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die from four different perspectives.
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Road to Nowhere: Potential and Passivity in Take Me Somewhere Nice

Road to Nowhere: Potential and Passivity in Take Me Somewhere Nice

August 11th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Critics Campus Film Criticism MIFF 2019 Women Filmmakers
Ena Sendijarević's Take Me Somewhere Nice takes MIFF 2019 Critics Campus participant Michael Sun on a wild ride across Bosnia with the film's Dutch teen protagonist.
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Class Matters at MIFF: The Souvenir and Sorry We Missed You

Class Matters at MIFF: The Souvenir and Sorry We Missed You

August 9th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Critics Campus Film Criticism MIFF 2019 Women Filmmakers
Isabella Trimboli is a MIFF 2019 Critics Campus participant who interrogates questions of class in the United Kingdom in two films playing at this year's festival: Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You and Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir.
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Eight Lives, One Ocean: Vai Celebrates the Staggering Resilience of Pasifika women

Eight Lives, One Ocean: Vai Celebrates the Staggering Resilience of Pasifika women

August 9th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Critics Campus Film Criticism MIFF 2019 Women Filmmakers
The lives of Pasifika women told in eight films by eight directors with eight actresses in the portmanteau movie Vai is the subject of MIFF 2019 Critics Campus participant Claire Cao's appreciative critical eye.
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Bait, Buoyancy and the Struggle for Independence

Bait, Buoyancy and the Struggle for Independence

August 8th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Critics Campus Film Criticism MIFF 2019
The politics of fishing and its social impact in two films at this year's festival – Bait and Buoyancy – are the subject of this deep dive by 2019 Critics Campus participant Olivia Bennett.
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Pain and Pleasure: The Complicated Humanity of Abel Ferrara’s Tommaso

Pain and Pleasure: The Complicated Humanity of Abel Ferrara’s Tommaso

August 8th 2019 | 2019 68th MIFF Critics Campus Film Criticism MIFF 2019
Abel Ferrara reunites once again with regular collaborator Willem Dafoe for their latest film Tommaso, examined by 2019 MIFF Critics Campus participant Luke McCarthy.
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