Aimee’s words appear on Junkee, The Vocal, Rip It Up, InDaily and then some. She digs gender equality, sexual diversity, multiculturalism and mental health. She froths for pop culture comment, creative non-fiction and TV recaps. She maintains that ‘Kawaii Correspondent’ is a legit job.
Since obtaining a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) Hons. degree, Aimee has immersed herself in Adelaide’s arts landscape. She co-founded the boutique screen production company Sugar Smack, and her films have screened in festivals across the globe. She’s worked for Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Australian International Documentary Conference. Among her healthy swag of awards and nominations, she’s a past recipient of the BHP Billiton Film & New Media Scholarship from Carclew Youth Arts. In October 2014, Aimee was shortlisted for Junkee’s The Storytellers competition.
From April to June 2015, she was Writer in Residence at the SA Writers’ Centre, where she developed the essay series Dingo Danger about the influence of pop cultural nostalgia on Australian identity. When she danced on stage with Bruce Springsteen, Aimee peaked, and her life has all been downhill since.
City I call home: Adelaide
Twitter handle: @siraimeeknight
Facebook page: facebook.com/siraimeeknight
Type of cinema I am most passionate about:
Documentary is a delight to me, as both a filmmaker and critic. Within that genre, I’m most interested in music and pop-culture docs, films about animals and the environment, and explorations of sexuality, gender and subculture.
A film that changed me/my mind is:
Catfish (2010) – which probably sounds trite (or at least trout) in light of its MTV death knell – but the original feature provoked many questions about truth, lies, fiction, fact-ion, identity, honesty, responsibility and suspense, both on and off screen.
I’m looking forward to Critics Campus because:
Like a potato, I thrive in warm, dark, small spaces. Spending a wintery week inside a cinema’s confines sounds unsurpassable to me.
Cinema excites me because:
I love to be consumed by a true story as it unfolds. It’s how I learn about the people, places and tales that populate this planet.
Favourite critic and why:
Mel Campbell, for her enthusiasm, diverse interests, and fascination with Australian pop culture. Not only is Mel an astute media commentator, she’s also an advocate for other female voices, as is Brodie Lancaster, whose zine Filmme Fatales is magnificent.
The future of film criticism is:
Inclusive and intersectional. Arts criticism should start a conversation that encourages others to join in. There’s enough room to respect multiple informed viewpoints, which reflect the array of contemporary film audiences and their unique viewing habits.
Film criticism is important because:
It’s a celebration of cinema; one that recognises screen media as an ever-evolving form of art, education and entertainment.
The MIFF film I’m most looking forward to:
Tied between Kedi and Heart of a Dog.