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Film Criticism


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Criticism is as essential to the industry as choc tops and popcorn, but if a bad word on Twitter can kill the box office what role do our critics have in the future of film? With thousands of movies released every year, film reviewers form opinion and can push a production from indie to international but can they be swayed by Hollywood? Our film panel look at the machinations behind the camera.

This session will be chaired by Peter Mares.


Mel Campbell

Mel Campbell is a freelance journalist and critic who co-hosts the fortnightly literature and culture podcast The Rereaders. She is a columnist on writing at Overland magazine, and a university lecturer and writer-for-hire on film, TV and media. Her first book was the nonfiction investigation Out of... Read more

Adrian Martin

Since 1979, Dr. Adrian Martin has combined work as a professional writer and film critic with a university career. He was film reviewer for The Age between 1995 and 2006. For his numerous books, essays and public lectures he has won the Byron Kennedy Award (Australian Film Institute) and the Pascall... Read more

Fenella Kernebone

Fenella Kernebone is the host of ABC TV’s new weekly half hour arts show, Art Nation. In conjunction with the ABC’s new Arts Gateway, Art Nation follows on from the ABC’s previous arts show, Sunday Arts, which Fenella began working on as a presenter and producer in 2006. Fenella continues to r... Read more

Peter Mares

Peter Mares is lead moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing the ethical decision-making skills of Australia’s leaders. Peter is also contributing editor at Inside Story magazine and adjunct fellow at Swinburne University’s Centr... Read more

Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong is one of Australia’s most successful directors with credits including My Brilliant Career and The Last Days of Chez Nous. Gillian Armstrong first came to prominence for her debut feature, My Brilliant Career. At the film’s release Gillian Armstrong held the distinction of bein... Read more


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