Author: Rochelle Siemienowicz

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  • MEDIA

    2015 in review: Australia's film industry boys club

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 12 January 2016

    The success of the Australian comedy The Dressmaker is thrilling to those watching the local film industry. There's more to cheer in the fact the film is proudly female in both story and production. We're not as bad as Hollywood, but even in Australia, there are not enough films for women, about women and by women. Since the 1970s male directors have been responsible for more than 85 per cent of the feature films made. Why does it matter? Because women are more likely to tell stories about women.

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  • MEDIA

    Australian film industry boys club needs redressing

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 22 November 2015
    10 Comments

    The success of the Australian comedy The Dressmaker is thrilling to those watching the local film industry. There's more to cheer in the fact the film is proudly female in both story and production. We're not as bad as Hollywood, but even in Australia, there are not enough films for women, about women and by women. Since the 1970s male directors have been responsible for more than 85 per cent of the feature films made. Why does it matter? Because women are more likely to tell stories about women.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Haunted by the ghosts of SIEV-X

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 12 June 2008
    4 Comments

    Hope documents the fate of the people-smuggling vessel SIEV-X and the 353 people who died when it sank en route to Australia. The film suggests a parliamentary inquiry is essential into the Howard Government's handling of the tragedy.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Love, lies and cholera

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 24 April 2008

    The Painted Veil explores the painful dynamics of an unhappily married couple and the broader social issues that impact on their union. Filmed entirely in China, it depicts a country boiling with internal conflict, and a growing resentment of the colonial presence.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Young men damaged by a war they don't understand

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 28 February 2008
    1 Comment

    Hank Deerfield's son goes missing soon after he returns from Iraq. When he decides to investigate, he finds an army bureaucracy that shuts him down at every point, and similarly unhelpful young soldiers.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Young and full of juice

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 13 December 2007

    The bright eyes of youth often see clearly the things that are wrong with society. 22-year-old Christopher McCandless donates his life savings to Oxfam and sets off on a two-year journey concluding in the isolated wilds of tooth-and-claw Alaska.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Dylan writ vain but vulnerable

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 12 December 2007

    The most recognisable Bob Dylan in this multi-Dylan film is infuriating. Hollow, vain and abusive. But also vulnerable and pitiable; an angry animal pacing his cage.

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