Film Criticism

long-form essays

“Mixed Up with Other People’s Dreams”: The Tangled Webs of Time in Summer’, in Metro, no. 213, August 2022
Art as Resistance: History and the Individual in 3 Faces’, in Metro, no. 201, August 2019
Other Voices: Grace, Who Waits Alone and New Australian Underground Cinema’, in Metro, no. 200, May 2019
Vampire Country: Sex and Psychoanalysis in the Films of Catherine Binet’, in Senses of Cinema, October 2018
The Second Generation: French Cinema After the New Wave’, in Senses of Cinema, October 2018
Art in Order: The Anatomy of a Film List’, in Senses of Cinema, June 2018
States of Loneliness: Proximity and Distance in On the Beach at Night Alone’, in Metro, no. 196, May 2018


The Melbourne Cinematheque is a film club that runs weekly screenings at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. In co-ordination with these screenings, the online journal Senses of Cinema commissions short essays about the films, providing analysis and further context. These annotations are usually printed out and left in the foyer for patrons.

Waiting for Rain: Oppression and Resistance in Youssef Chahine’s The Land (1970)’, in Senses of Cinema, October 2020
Forgotten Dreams: The Tumultuous Life of Lou Bunin’s Alice in Wonderland (1949)’, in Senses of Cinema, March 2018; also published in Wonderland, Thames & Hudson, Melbourne, Australia, 2018.
Blowing Up the Past: Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub’s Not Reconciled (1965)’, in Senses of Cinema, September 2017
The Ash Heap of Meaning: Juraj Herz’s The Junk Shop’, in Senses of Cinema, June 2017
The God Anhedonia: Manoel de Oliveira’s Francisca’, in Senses of Cinema, September 2016
Exchange, Exchange: Jean Rouch’s Petit à Petit’, in Senses of Cinema, March 2016
The End Is a Transition: Wim Wenders’s Alice in den Städten’, in Senses of Cinema, October 2014
Faust’, in Senses of Cinema, June 2014
The Impotence of Asceticism: Luis Buñuel’s Simón del Desierto’, in Senses of Cinema, February 2014


Long Way Home: Ben Lawrence and Gabriel Shipton on Ithaka and the Campaign to Free Julian Assange’, in Metro, November 2021
Manifest Spectres: An Interview with Robert Fischer on Jacques Rivette’s Out 1’, in Senses of Cinema, July 2016


Heaven Knows What’, on the Melbourne International Film Festival website, 12/8/2015
Love’, in The Age, 11/8/2015
Pasolini’, in The Age, 11/8/2015
In the Shadow of Women’, on the Melbourne International Film Festival website, 5/8/2015
Being 14’, in The Age, 5/8/2015
Kommunisten’, on the Melbourne International Film Festival website, 4/8/2015

festival reports

Of death throes and transitions: 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival’, in Senses of Cinema, December 2015
Cries and whispers: a review of MIFF 2013’, in Lot’s Wife, 26/8/2013
Darkness, light, darkness: a review of MIFF 2012’, in Lot’s Wife, 3/9/2013
A brief guide to MIFF 2012’, in Lot’s Wife, 28/7/2013