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Jessica Ellicott

Jessica Ellicott

Jessica is a writer based in Sydney, Australia. She is one of the editors of 4:3, an independent film website with a focus on festival coverage and in-depth interviews. Since completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Studies and Germanic Studies from The University of Sydney in 2013, she has worked at Sydney Film Festival, Transmission Films and SBS Movies.

In her career as a film critic, she has provided coverage of the Berlin International Film Festival, Filmfest München, Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival.

She is passionate about the ongoing preservation and exhibition of celluloid and tries to see as many films on film as possible. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to disco music, scouring for Aldi bargains and rewatching the Dennis Hopper episodes of Fishing with John

Age: 25

City I call home: Sydney

Twitter handle: @jellicottt


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Type of cinema I am most passionate about:

Films that bring me some kind of delight, whether it be for their comic brilliance, pure thrills, generosity of spirit, formal ingenuity or playful intellect.

A film that changed me is:

Titanic, because when it came out my older siblings were allowed to see it at the cinema and I wasn’t, which spawned a kind of forbidden fruit obsession with it. I wore out the VHS. Since then, I’ve always been drawn to cinema as a way to access the otherwise inaccessible. I love that James Benning voted for it as the greatest documentary of all time in a recent Sight & Sound poll, calling it “an amazing document of bad acting”.

I’m looking forward to Critics Campus because:

I love MIFF’s programming, I’m excited to meet the other participants and it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to being on a reality TV show.

Cinema excites me because:

It’s the most fun of all historical documents.

Favourite Critic and why:

Jonathan Rosenbaum, because he’s encouraged a generation of cinephiles. I aspire to live a life as devoted to and enriched by cinema as his.

The future of film criticism is:

Less money, more voices.

Film criticism is important because: 

Films are important.

The MIFF film I’m most looking forward to: 

Ain't no mountain high enough to keep me from Paul Verhoeven's Elle. Also all of the later, post-Paramount era Jerry Lewis films I haven't had the chance to see before, especially Smorgasbord and Hardly Working