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Thomas Caldwell

Author, Curriculum Specialist, Education Consultant

Thomas Caldwell is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker who specialises in film criticism and educational writing on film. He is the author of the secondary school textbook Film Analysis Handbook, he writes the film criticism blog Cinema Autopsy and he reviews films for the Breakfasters on Melbourne independent community radio station Triple R (3RRR 102.7FM). He also co-hosts the Triple R film criticism podcast Plato’s Cave, regularly reviews films for The Big Issue and is one of the film and television columnists for Killings, the Kill Your Darlings blog.

Thomas’s reviews, articles and interviews have also appeared in The Age, Overland Literary Journal, Senses of Cinema, Metro and Screen Education. He won the Ivan Hutchinson Award for Writing on Australian Film in the 2010 Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) Writing Awards. He is currently on the Melbourne International Film Festival 2012 Features Preview Panel.

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What are you passionate about?

Cinema that is persuasive, provocative and challenging, but also the art of writing and speaking about films in an informed, analytical and entertaining way. The most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a speaker is having excited students and teachers come up to me after a presentation to tell me that they’ve discovered something new about a film that they had never considered before.

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Thomas’ workshop was excellent. His presentation clearly took participants through the various aspects of film analysis and terminology and in many cases exposed them to a range of films and techniques they had not considered before. It was relevant and put everyone on the same page for film study. Feedback from everyone is extremely positive. To be honest, he took away the fear of teaching film for quite a few people.

—J. Hickey, Good Shepherd Lutheran College, February 2014

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