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New article in Alphaville Journal

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I contributed an article about the Cronulla riot and Abe Forsythe's Down Under, the recent Australian film about it, for the new issue of the open-access journal Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.

The issue is themed "Screening Race: Constructions and Reconstructions in Twenty-first Century Media" and is guest edited by Loretta Goff and Caroline Schroeter. Access the article directly here and the table of contents here

NOBODY KNOWS Melbourne Cinémathèque annotation

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I wrote an annotation for Hirokazu Koreeda's Nobody Knows, for a season of the director's films screening at The Melbourne Cinémathèque titled "Dreams of Everyday Life: The Quixotic Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda". The annotation has been published as part of the new issue of Senses of Cinema

The season runs from July 5–19 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Nobody Knows screens (on 35mm) on July 19 alongside Koreeda's 1996 documentary, Without Memory. See the program here

VHS Tracking

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I contributed a short piece to VHS Tracking, a new zine edited by Tristan Fidler, which is in the spirit of those “We Recommend…” pamphlets you used to be able to pick up in video rental stores. My recommendation was for a Perth film: Josh Lee’s 2004 documentary A Dollar for the Good Ones.

You can pick up a copy of the zine by contacting vhstrackingzine@gmail.com or by visiting the following places:

The Bird (181 William St, Northbridge WA)
Highgate Continental (479 Beaufort St, Highgate WA)
Sticky Institute (10 Campbell Arcade, Degraves Subway, Melbourne VIC)

Cinematic Thinking Workshop at UNSW

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I'll be presenting a paper at the 5th Cinematic Thinking Workshop, which will be held at the University of New South Wales from 13th-18th November. This year's workshop is titled "Cinema's Realisms" and will be dedicated to reconsidering cinematic realism, addressing the question, "What questions do cinema’s realisms pose for understanding cinematic thinking?"

The workshop will be bookended by presentations by philosophers Alain Badiou (Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris) and Robert Pippin (University of Chicago) on the 13th and 18th, respectively. The workshop itself will be held on Friday afternoon (14th) and all day Monday and Tuesday (17th and 18th). My paper is titled Beyond Slow: The Problem of Realism in Contemporary Minimalist Cinema but I sure as hell can't be bothered typing up the abstract; the full list of presenters and abstracts should be published here soon.

Tropfest article in Metro Magazine

Added on by Kenta McGrath.
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The quarterly Australian film magazine Metro has published my article Shortcuts and Balloons: The Aesthetics of Tropfest in their winter issue (177).

Tropfest and its treacle-down influence has been bothering me for quite some time and this year I decided to take a close look at the finalists. In the article I discuss how the narrative and stylistic tropes of Tropfest films seem to be increasingly shaped by the shifting terms and conditions of the festival and the competitive culture surrounding it. I raise concerns about the impact this may have on the way Australian filmmakers approach the short film, and by extension, films more generally. I insist you grab a copy, read it and agree with absolutely everything I have to say, with no questions asked.

The new issue is available now, and you can preview some of the articles on the Metro website.