An inquiry into post 9/11 torture suffers from a tortuous start.
Lynden Barber is a freelance film and television critic, and a lecturer in screen studies. He writes a film review column for Limelight Magazine, and is a regular contributor to the National Film and Sound Archive’s Australian Screen Online website. He was Artistic Director of the Sydney Film Festival in 2005 and 2006, and is a former film writer for The Australian and a former film reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Articles by Lynden Barber
An intimate portrait of an inspiring photographer.
Renée Zellweger gives a fascinating, complex portrayal of Judy Garland.
A memorable recreation of one of the great literary love affairs.
A stirring film about a pioneering Australian jockey.
Tasmanian wilderness inspires a starkly powerful drama.
No emotional punches pulled despite the dogs and children.
A handsome production in which Hamlet’s thinly sketched female love interest is filled out and given agency as the main character.
A 50-something couple try singledom in a clever drama.
A film about global warming that manages to be both upbeat and visually lively.
Two film-fests deliver the goods.
Sadly, Mike Leigh’s latest falls short of masterpiece status.
Bill Nighy is the best thing in this bleak comedy-drama.