I recently contributed two film reviews for 4:3, an online film magazine which I admire a lot. The first is of Bernadett Tuza-Ritter's documentary A Woman Escaped 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.
Water Features, comprised of four short films I produced as part of the Perth Festival's Museum of Water documentary project, will be having its international premiere at the 13th Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival.
The festival runs between July 11–18 at the Busan Cinema Center, which is one of the most amazing facilities I've visited.
I contributed an article about Kazuo Hara's documentary The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On for the tenth issue of Peephole Journal. The journal focuses on close analyses of single shots from film, television, and other screen media.
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.
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.
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.