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The Academy Award-winning penguins in Happy Feet sit in a long and distinguished history of Australian animation. AAP/Roadshow

From ads to Oscar winners: a century of Australian animation

This year marks the centenary of Australian animation. Alongside some memorable international successes, animation has long been significant to the industry.
Lee was one of the greatest character actors to have ever appeared on screen. AAP/Richard Goldschmidt

Goodbye Christopher Lee, the aristocrat of Satanic darkness

Christopher Lee, who died on June 7, was one of the greatest character actors to have ever appeared on screen, even after fleeing Castle Dracula for the hills of Hollywood.
Willem Dafoe brings a magnanimity to the role of the late poet Pier Paolo Pasolini. © Capricci Films

Pasolini, with Willem Dafoe, offers an unconventional biopic – review

Rather than attempting to retell the life story of its subject, Pier Paolo Pasolini, this film simply presents a day in his life – his last day, leading up to his murder at Ostia.
Peter Greenaway brings Eisenstein to ferocious life in Mexico. Submarine

Eisenstein in Guanajuato half pulsates with sexual vitality

Peter Greenaway's new biopic of the famed Soviet director depicts a period spent in Mexico and an affair that – in Greenaway's telling – had a transformative effect on Eisenstein's output.
Should the offset for screen producers apply to all films made in Australia? Yes, even the ones that ruffle a few feathers. mark sebastian/Flickr

Australian film funding shouldn’t be a beauty contest – here’s why

The producers of a creationist doc took advantage of Screen Australia's tax offsets. Were they exploiting a loophole? Hardly – and there's good reason why producers of all films should enjoy such benefits.
How does Fury Road fit into the continuum of George Miller’s earlier films? © Warner Bros. Pictures and © Roadshow Films

Frenzy on Fury Road: Mad Max faces a post-digital apocalypse

There are metal spikes, sadistic implements of torture galore, massive machine guns mounted on the top of buggies, jeeps, motorcycles, and more leather than a Judas Priest concert. But does it work?
The Mad Max trilogy has had a tremendous influence on action cinema – and next week, the series resumes. © Warner Bros.

How Mad Max wrote the script for the action blockbuster

George Miller's Mad Max films have aged remarkably well – perhaps because they have had such a profound influence on the films that followed them.
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in Olivier Assayas' latest film, The Clouds at Sils Maria. © Carole Bethuel. Pinnacle Films

The Clouds of Sils Maria: a star-studded film about stardom

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in French director Olivier Assayas' latest film, an elliptical address to the cruelties of the star system.
Black Widow, in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, released this week. Jay Maidment ©Marvel 2015

Up, up and away? The future of the comic book movie

Avengers: Age of Ultron, released this week, is one of many superhero films destined for the multiplex in the coming months and years. What's behind this trend? And what kind of villain would be powerful enough to stop it in its tracks?

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