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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.

WATER FEATURES documentary project

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

For the past few months I've been working as mentor and producer on Water Features, an extension of UK artist Amy Sharrocks' Museum of Water project. The Perth Festival and Screenwest commissioned four short documentaries to be made by high school students from around Western Australia, responding to the theme "water that is important to you". 

The Source

The Source

The finished films will be screened as part of the larger Museum of Water exhibition which runs at the Fremantle Arts Centre 7 February – 23 March, and before the main feature as part of Season Two of the LotteryWest Film Program, the details of which are below:

The Source (Karratha Senior High School)
Devised and Created by Ryley Hinchcliffe & William Graham with Kenta McGrath
Screens before Gururumul (dir. Paul Damien Williams)
12 – 18 Feb (UWA Somerville)
19 – 25 Feb (ECU Joondalup Pines)
Small Flowers are Better for this Occasion (John Curtin College of the Arts)
Devised and Created by Charlie Morgan, Caleb Herbert, Jamie Luff, Hugh Paterson & Samuel Warnes with Kenta McGrath
Screens before Lean on Pete (dir. Andrew Haigh)
19 – 25 Feb (UWA Somerville)
26 Feb – 4 Mar (ECU Joondalup Pines)
Water Odyssey (Governor Stirling Senior High School)
Devised and Created by Eliza Boyle, Kaira Nissen-Tekani & Olivia Boyle with Kenta McGrath
Screens before Let the Sunshine in (dir. Claire Denis)
26 Feb – 4 Mar (UWA Somerville)
5 – 11 Mar (ECU Joondalup Pines)
Air Bersih (Cyril Jackson Senior Campus)
Devised and Created by Alexander Andrew Mhawira & Harper Tabb with Kenta McGrath
Screens before Foxtrot (dir. Samuel Maoz)
5 – 11 Mar (UWA Somerville)
12 – 18 Mar (ECU Joondalup Pines)

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.

STUFF AND DOUGH Melbourne Cinémathèque annotation

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I wrote an annotation for Cristi Puiu's Stuff and Dough for the new issue of Senses of Cinema and the Melbourne Cinémathèque's season of the director's films, titled "Stories From the Outskirts of Bucharest: The Dark Realism of Cristi Puiu", which runs October 18 – November 1.


You can read the annotation here, see the contents of the new Senses here, and read more about the Puiu season here.