When the Camera Stopped Rolling

A cinematographer tells the story of her trailblazing filmmaker mother, their legacy and their relationship using their deep archive of stunning imagery.

Laurels from festival awards and nominations


Lilias Fraser: a pioneer of Australian cinema who overcame huge personal challenges to make over forty films in her lifetime. Her youngest daughter, cinematographer Jane Castle ACS, tells her mother’s story and that of their relationship using the rich textures of an unseen part of Australia’s cinematic history and her own highly personal cinematography. Tenacious, enthusiastic and ambitious, Lilias overcame huge systemic and personal obstacles in her lifetime. Like many pioneers, however, early childhood trauma drove her, and her life began to unravel over time. Becoming trapped in a destructive marriage then struggling with alcohol and single motherhood, Lilias’s trademark determination finally met its limits. When the Camera Stopped Rolling documents both this trailblazing mother-daughter filmmaking team and the intergenerational trauma that was its shadow. Balancing meticulous archival research with searing honesty and set against stunning visuals, Jane interweaves their struggles and triumphs with clarity and compassion.

Phenomenal, magnificent and devastatingly beautiful.

Mitzi GoldmanDocumentary Australia Foundation
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A story of the triumph of love and creativity over the pain of traumatic disruption.

Dr Anne-Marie SwanPresident, NSWIPP

A film rich in emotional tension

Alison Lvssa
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The media kit contains a one-page synopsis, director and producer’s statements and biographies, Lilias Fraser biography, credits and contact details.

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An affecting, timely and emotionally connecting film

Vivia HickmanSydney Festival


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Key credits

Writer, Director, Narrator, Cinematographer

Jane Castle ACS


Pat Fiske


Ray Thomas


Kyls Burtland

Sound Design and Mix

Sam Petty

Post Production

Roen Davis


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When the camera stopped rolling is produced by Freckled Duck Films with Bower Bird Films.

Funded by production investment from Screen Australia, assistance of Screen NSW and donations made through the Documentary Australia Foundation.

Distributor: Australia / New Zealand / Associated Islands and Territories
Jonathan Page, Bonsai Films | www.bonsaifilms.com.au
jpage@bonsaifilms.com.au | +61 404 004 994

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