JEFFREY SMART: UNDERSTANDING AMBIVALENCE

There is something inexplicably evocative about the art of Jeffrey Smart, and I’ve been struggling to explain why ever since I was introduced to it. I can remember the very first artwork of Smart’s that I found while flipping through an Australian art textbook in Grade 8 – it was ‘Parking Lot near Bologna’ (1992), …

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BADLANDS: HOW TO HUMANISE A KILLER

Any film centred around the life and criminal activity of a serial killer will undoubtedly have one main objective – to humanise the killer in the eyes of the audience, and therefore achieve a level of confronting relatability. Unfortunately, many current media attempts at doing so mistake relatability for romanticisation, having not been quite able …

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‘NOTHING HAPPENS’ FILMS: WHEN DOING NOTHING DOES SOMETHING

I’m going to ask you a really simple question: “What does it mean for ‘nothing to happen’ in a film?” And it’s a simple question because the fundamental philosophy is obvious, being the purpose of film and film communication, but it’s also one that I have never really been able to get down straight. Because, …

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