Julie Rigg is a journalist and broadcaster and, from 1988, was a film critic for ABC Radio National. Her last show, before she retired in 2013, was Movietime, which ran from 2004 to 2013. She has served on FIPRESCI juries in San Sebastian, Venice, Toronto, Havana and Dubai, on the Sydney Film Festival Official Competition jury and the MIFF Short Film Awards jury. She won the BP Arts Media Award in 1989, and The Geraldine Pascall Award in 2003, for her film criticism.
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City I call home: Sydney
Area of cinema I am most passionate about: considered cinema, often "slow cinema":
A film that changed me/my mind: Apocalypse Now. For some years I refused to see American films about the Vietnam War. Then I woke up one night and saw, on a black and white TV at the end of my bed, scenes from a film in which the hero is travelling up river, and entertainers are helicoptered in to a troop concert. It was consummate, and it dawned on me as the film went on that this was a version of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and I eventually identified it as Apocalypse Now. It was a huge lesson about my own preconceptions. I finally saw the re-issued film on a big screen in the 1990s, and interviewed its cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.
MIFF film I’m most looking forward to: Do I have to choose? Ok: Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou, Tsai Ming Liang’s Journey to the West and Alberto Lattuada’s Mafioso (because I adore its star, Alberto Sordi).
I’m looking forward to Critics Campus because: I enjoy exchanging ideas with fellow critics. And because I believe we learn by doing.
Cinema excites me because: It can engulf you and surprise you.