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In an era when the Internet has increasingly taken over from traditional media, film criticism is changing almost as rapidly as film itself. Can there be such a thing as an “objective” verdict on a film, and if not, what is the purpose of passing judgement? Drawing on more than 15 years professional experience as a writer for both mainstream and specialist publications, this presentation takes a practical, interactive approach to the question of what film criticism means for both writers and readers. The presentation can be adjusted depending on audience needs.
• Criticism in the age of the Internet
• Techniques for engaging more closely and deeply with a film
• The reality of working within the Australian media
• The craft of writing
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