Twitter handle: @jaymesdurante
City I call home: Perth
Genre/style/region of cinema I am most passionate about: I've always erred naturally towards comedy, especially the various American strands which have led to Baumbach and Stillman today. Critically, formally adventurous films are the most fun to dig into.
A film that changed me/my mind is: Discovering Michael Haneke and, vicariously, that liking a film did not necessarily mean enjoying it (and vice-versa!), was extremely formative.
MIFF 2015 film I’m most looking forward to: Cemetery of Splendour, because Apichatpong Weerasethakul is one of the best filmmakers working today. Or perhaps Love, because who could really pass up a three-hour 3D sex odyssey?
I’m looking forward to Critics Campus because: To attend MIFF is a dream in itself – the vastness and quality of its program is both daunting and impressive – and to be able to cover the festival alongside fellow up-and-comers in a practical working environment seems like the best way to experience this tremendous event for the first time.
Cinema excites me because: The possibilities are endless. (As are the clichés, apparently!)
Favourite Critic and why: It changes often, but I'm constantly circling back to Pauline Kael – a real touchstone – for her verve and temerity even when her ideas aren't always agreeable. Manny Farber when he's discovered something. James Agee on the silent comics.
A publication I’d one day like to write for: If I'm allowed to be a little delusional, The New Yorker, Sight & Sound and Film Comment are perfect magazines, and locally I think 4:3 have a great thing going on.
What listicle about MIFF would be most likely to go viral? Miguel Gomez's Arabian Nights, ranked.
Jaymes Durante reviews George Gittoes’s Snow Monkey – along with three other critics.