Three Recent Reviews

Simon Sellars J.G. Ballard, Literature, Reviews

Robert Bond and Jenny Bavidge, editors. City Visions: The Work of Iain Sinclair. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-84718-153-8. Jeannette Baxter. J G Ballard’s Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Limited, …

Tricks and Treats

Simon Sellars Film & animation, Reviews

Carmen Torero. Originally published in RealTime #92 Aug-Sept 2009 p31. In its 9th iteration, the melbourne international animation festival’s programming policy continues to be brave and adventurous, and this resulted in another diverse set of programs. …

Kingston Brio

Simon Sellars Architecture & urbanism, Reviews

Photo: Andrew Rowat. (More photos here.) Originally published in Dwell, May 2008. Aaron Roberts and Thomas Bailey, the young architects behind room11, teamed up to design a house for Aaron’s parents, fixing the structure into …

MIFF 2008: Lo-tech Brilliance

Simon Sellars Film & animation, Reviews

Daumë, Ben Russell. Originally published in RealTime issue #87 Oct-Nov 2008 pg. 23. One of the interesting things about the Melbourne international film festival is the ‘parallel world’ effect. The festival you experience may well …

Puppet Power and Scary Magic

Simon Sellars Film & animation, Reviews

PeursDuNoir [Fear(s) of the Dark] – Burns 06, Charles Burns. Originally published in RealTime issue #86 Aug-Sept 2008 p24. This year’s MIAF was flush with riches. Selected from over 2000 entries, there were 150 films …

Australian Animation: Quality Wins

Simon Sellars Film & animation, Reviews

Ward 13. Originally published in RealTime issue #84 April-May 2008 pg. 25 In compiling a program of Australia’s best animation shorts for Flickerfest, curator Anthony Lucas chose films that inspired his own animation career, including …

Animation: Access, Artistry, Limits

Simon Sellars Film & animation, Reviews

Still from Carnivore Reflux. Originally published in RealTime issue #80 Aug-Sept 2007. At the Melbourne International Animation Festival’s ‘Careers in Animation’ forum, an audience member wanted to know what institutions look for in their entrance …