Still from Back to the Future, 1985.
Back to the Future is one of the most loved films from the 1980s, and galvanised audiences across every demographic. In this episode of Close-Up, Bruce Isaacs looks at the politics underpinning the film.
Some Harry Potter fans have taken to penning their own stories set in the world of Hogwarts.
The Harry Potter universe has become a popular setting for stories featuring autistic characters, written by young writers eager to tackle a complex topic.
Leah Ashwood, Jasper Lloyd, and Texas Watterston in The School (2018).
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Some of the best examples of horror and fantasy genre films have emerged from Australia. Unfortunately, The School is not one of them.
Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter in 1975’s Rocky Horror Show.
The Rocky Horror Show and its star, Frank-N-Furter, debuted in 1973. His character owes much to older performance traditions.
Joe Taslim (centre) plays the main character Ito in Timo Tjahjanto’s latest film,
The Night Comes for Us.
_The Night Comes for Us_ should be appreciated for reviving the Indonesian action film genre and putting it on the map of global cinema.
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We've had 90 years of those famous ears.
The Famine Memorial in Dublin, by sculptor Rowan Gillespie.
The famine caused a million deaths and scarred the national psyche for generations. How do you even start to try and represent that in film literature, or art?
Still from 'The Matrix', 1999
When it was released in 1999, The Matrix introduced a new type of image: bullet-time. Bruce Isaacs explains why it has become one of the most influential special effects in the history of cinema.
Lucas Hedges and Théodore Pellerin in Boy Erased. The film shows a boy who enters gay conversion therapy in the US.
While queer movies don't necessarily have to be made by queer filmmakers, Boy Erased is a safe film. It is finely made albeit heavy-handed in its melodrama.
While local content makes up a small proportion of the Australian Netflix catalogue, Netflix has also heavily promoted Australian shows overseas, such as Hannah Gadsby’s standup show Nanette.
While the figures may seem alarming, we should remember that, unlike free-to-air TV, subscription video-on-demand services are not regulated for local content.
Oceans 8 New York premiere.
There are so many opportunities for women in Hollywood these days, as long as they play roles that were originally intended for men.
Long hours make it difficult for carers in the screen industry, and particularly for women.
In a survey of 600 members of the screen industry, 74% of carers felt their caring responsibilities had a negative impact on their career. Of these, 86% were women.
Amy Adams played an inter-species linguist in the 2016 film Arrival but she was a rarity. Most Hollywood films depict scholars as heroic males.
For decades, academics have been portrayed as brilliant, heroic men on our cinema screens. It's time to tell the story of more heroic female scholars. Here are some suggestions.
Those mesmerized by NASA’s accomplishments and ambitions wanted so much more out of the reticent Armstrong.
After the first moon landing, the feelings that propelled a unified national mission quickly dissipated. Could Armstrong have played a bigger role in galvanizing the public for future projects?
Wiro Sableng (from left to right) : Anggini (Sherina Munaf), Bujang Gila Tapak Sakti (Fariz Alfarazi), Wiro Sableng (Vino G. Bastian), the Prince (Yusuf Mahardhika) and Rara Murni (Aghniny Haque)
Many consider _Wiro_ is a superhero movie but from its cinematic elements and style, _Wiro Sableng_ is closer to martial arts or _silat_ genre.
Geoffrey Rush as Basil Hunter on a ferry near Luna Park Sydney in Fred Schepsi’s The Eye of the Storm (2011).
A marvellous exhibition of Australian film stills, now showing in Adelaide, offers a form of visual ethnography.
The Wife: my research shows that this self-sacrificing form of wifehood is hardly history.
Requiem for a Dream, 2000.
Bruce Isaacs dissects a scene from Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream. In this video, Isaacs looks at the director's unique use of camera technique to create a deeply subjective and intimate sequence.
Babi Yar: the World War II atrocity is one of the themes of The White Hotel.
Everyone has a favourite novel that hasn't made it to the screen. Here's why.
Still from Zanny Begg’s film The Beehive.
Zanny Begg's film The Beehive, about the 1975 murder of Juanita Nielsen, dismantles the idea that documentaries can impart unequivocal knowledge about the world.