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MIFF/Revelation reviews in 4:3

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I recently contributed two film reviews for 4:3an online film magazine which I admire a lot. The first is of Bernadett Tuza-Ritter's documentary A Woman Captured and the second is of Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor's Caniba; both films recently screened at Melbourne International Film Festival and Revelation Perth International Film Festival.


THE CHILD IN WORLD CINEMA edited collection

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

A new collection edited by Debbie Olson, The Child in World Cinema, will be published by Lexington Books this month. I contributed a chapter called "Abandon the Young in Tokyo: Yoshitaro Nomura's The Demon and Hirokazu Koreeda's Nobody Knows", in which I look at the phenomenon of child abandonment in postwar Japan and how it's represented in these two excellent films.

Kichiku / The Demon

Notes from the publisher:

This collection seeks to broaden the discussion of the child image by close analysis of the child and childhood as depicted in non-Western cinemas. Each essay offers a counter-narrative to Western notions of childhood by looking critically at alternative visions of childhood that does not privilege a Western ideal. Rather, this collection seeks to broaden our ideas about children, childhood, and the child’s place in the global community. This collection features a wide variety of contributors from around the world who offer compelling analyses of non-Western, non-Hollywood films starring children.

The hardback and eBook versions will be available through the publisher and on Amazon within the next few days.

Sightlines Journal 2017

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

The second issue of Sightlines Journal is out, and features a range of films and filmed experiments which were screened at the Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy Conference at RMIT University in late 2016.


The journal, which is run by the Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association (ASPERA), publishes the filmmaker's research statement and two open peer reviews alongside the films. I contributed a peer review of Catherine Brough-Brady's A Portrait of Judith Buckrich. You'll find it all here.

Book chapter in kaiju essay collection

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I contributed a chapter about Hitoshi Matsumoto's Big Man Japan for Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture, a new collection edited by Camille D.G. Mustachio and Jason Barr, and out now on McFarland.


I also participated in a "What Is Kaiju?" discussion with some of the authors, which has been published in a section of the book's introduction – most of which you can read here.