Film Essays and Analysis

Sia’s Music Is Not “a Love Letter to the Autistic Community”: It’s Another Unrealistic Portrayal of ASD - Sia's Golden Globes nominated feature film debut, 'Music', a musical starring Maddie Ziegler and Kate Hudson, is another unrealistic portrayal of ASD. Essay by Shona Leigh Pope.
The Enduring Legacy of Stan and Ollie - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were beloved by legions of fans and described by legends of comedy as the very best around. What makes Stan and Ollie such an enduring act? Louis B Scheuer explores.
You’ve Seen ‘Soul’. Now What? - What does Disney Pixar's 'Soul' tell us about ourselves? What lessons does 'Soul' aim to teach us? How can this Pete Docter film be read? Peter Charney explores.
The Subversion of the Motion Picture Production Code in Cat People - How Jacques Tourneur thriller 'Cat People' (1942) worked with and against the Hays Code to become a much discussed and highly influential film of its era. Essay by Jacob Davis.
The Greatest Film Trailer of All Time? Psycho (1960) - Analysing the iconic trailer to the iconic 1960 horror 'Psycho', starring a first person narration from director Alfred Hitchcock himself. Feature by Kieran Judge.
Shot-for-Shot: Stryker’s Dilemma in Sands of Iwo Jima - How tension is ramped up and a moral conundrum of war is addressed in one particularly well made scene in 'Sands of Iwo Jima', starring John Wayne. Analysis by Kieran Judge.
How ‘What We Do In the Shadows’ Reshapes the “Man Alone” with Vampire Cinema - Reassessing New Zealand cinema's "man alone" trope for Taika Waititi's much-loved vampire mockumentary 'What We Do In the Shadows'. Essay by Jacob Davis.
‘In the Cut’ and How Marriage Can Kill You, Actually - How Jane Campion erotic thriller 'In the Cut' (2003) starring Meg Ryan subverted the expectations of the erotic thriller genre and has gone underappreciated for close to two decades. Article by Margaret Roarty.



Katie Doyle’s “Movies I had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With” Part 5: The Exorcist - "inspiration has come from the most unexpected of places - the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist. God really does work in mysterious ways." - Katie Doyle in Pt. 5 of her Religious/Spiritual Experience series.
Funny Games and the Victimisation of the Audience - How Michael Haneke makes us as much the victims of his world-renowned horror film 'Funny Games' as he does his central characters. A feature essay by Jacob Heayes.