The new film version of Swallows and Amazons set in the Lake District.
How the new film could inspire parents and children to head to the Lake District, to spend time canoeing, building campfires and reconnecting with nature.
The film's exchange of Titty for Tatty is very much in line with Victorian censorship of profanities for children.
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Films set in the ancient world can no longer adequately live up to the demands of the 'epic'. Instead, we should look to films set in space.
Adaptations are a learned skill – can Australian cinema do it successfully?
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With the success of films like The Dressmaker, book adaptations are giving a much needed boost to the Australian box office. So why are there so few? And why isn't adaption a compulsory part of screen studies?
Gillian Armstrong’s 1971 student film The Roof Needs Mowing featured a bathtub full of baked beans.
VCA Film & Television School
In less than a decade, most people won't be able to play a VHS tape anymore. Let's farewell the humble tape, and celebrate the archives finding their way to digitisation and YouTube.
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie is a perceptive and fair-minded exploration.
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My Scientology Movie avoids taking cheap shots at one of America's most mockable religions; instead it is a fair, revealing (and sometimes funny) look at Scientology's methods and leadership.
What happens when games and social media infiltrate society to the point that we all become avatars and anonymous usernames?
The poster for ‘Do The Right Thing’
With #BlackLivesMatter and a never-ending list of African Americans being killed by police, the film ‘Do The Right Thing’ is even more relevant now than when it was released 27 years ago.
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The superhero film currently appears to be the closest thing to that ever-elusive cinematic holy grail: the guaranteed box office hit.
Sport continues to be one of Australia’s most potent social lubricants.
Public discourse and commentary are generally blind to the massive contribution that local sport contributes to social connectedness.
James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958).
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What makes a film a classic? In a new monthly column, film scholar Bruce Isaacs analyses a single sequence from a great film. Here, we look at a scene from Vertigo.
The poster for Stranger Things, which stars Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine and some brilliantly charismatic newcomers.
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The Netflix series Stranger Things is a throwback to the glory days of cinematic horror. And as VHS disappears from our shelves, this show's 80s-infused nostalgia is doubly poignant.
Janis Joplin in a new documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015).
Janis Joplin was once voted the 'Ugliest Man on Campus'. Sharon Jones was told she was 'too old, too fat, too short, too black' to succeed in music. Two documentaries chart the lives of these extraordinary women.
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A philosophical assessment of the latest Star Trek films demonstrates their sophistication.
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The male coming of age tale Down Under is set in the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots. But while entertaining, the film doesn't help us understand the racism at the heart of these traumatic events.
‘Blade Runner’ poster.
Ridley Scott's ‘Blade Runner’ has transcended its sci-fi/hardboiled noir detective thriller formula to spawn a dedicated cult following.
Günes Sensoy and Ilayda Akdogan in Mustang (2015).
Female sexuality is a powerful, enchanting force in narratives ranging from fairytales to a modern Turkish film. Mustang reminds us that sometimes education can be an alternative to death or marriage.
Idris Elba and Richard Madden in the terror thriller Bastille Day: the film has been pulled from French cinemas.
The film Bastille Day – featuring a CIA agent trying to avert a terror attack in Paris – has been withdrawn from French cinemas after the tragedy in Nice. But what are we to make of Hollywood's fondness for these kinds of stories?
Right, time for a little zero gravity and chill…
What viewing on the International Space Station tells us about life among the stars.
Is it really worth all the effort to avoid spoilers?
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Contrary to popular belief, several recent studies suggest that plot spoilers don't always make us like a film or books less – and may even make us like it more.