When the Camera Stopped Rolling
A trailblazing mother-daughter team… Their extraordinary lives and the trauma that splits them apart.
Lillias Fraser with camera

Phenomenal, magnificent and devastatingly beautiful.

Mitzi GoldmanDocumentary Australia Foundation


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.


As additional screenings are confirmed they will be posted below.

SAT 15 JAN 2022, 2PM
Capricorn Film Festival Screening
Yeppoon Town Hall
SUN 5 DEC 2021
Blowup Film Fest
Chicago, USA
SAT 13 NOV 2021, 4PM
Sydney Film Festival Screening
Palace Chauvel, Paddington
TUE 9 NOV 2021, 6pm
Sydney Film Festival Screening
Event Cinemas, George Street, Sydney

A story of the triumph of love and creativity over the pain of traumatic disruption.

Dr Anne-Marie SwanPresident, NSWIPP


Jane Castle

Writer / Director

Pat Fiske

Pat Fiske


Sam Petty

Sound Design and Mix (Big Ears Productions)

Roen Davis

Archival Restoration, Animation

When the Camera Stopped Rolling is produced by Freckled Duck Films with Bower Bird Films.

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

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Proudly supported by

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Fri 19 Nov 2021
  • View Jane Castle’s interview by Camilla Slater

Global Life Coach and host of CSC Change Room, Camilla Slater, in lively conversation with Jane Castle on creativity, healing, trauma and When the Camera Stopped Rolling.

Fri 12 Nov 2021
  • Listen to Jane Castle on Coogee Voice

Dr Marjorie O’Neil unpacks When the Camera Stopped Rolling and talks with Jane about how she combines her filmmaking and her environmental activism.

Wed 10 Nov 2021
  • Read the full The Curb review of When the Camera Stopped Rolling

“Castle’s evocative blend of archival resources…creates a story that is engrossing and emotionally charged,” writes Digby Houghton in the Curb.

Tue 9 Nov 2021
  • Listen to Jane Castle on 2SER Breakfast

Willy Russo on 2SER Breakfast talks with Jane Castle about When the Camera Stopped Rolling.

Mon 8 Nov 2021
  • Read the interview with Jane Castle in Film in Revolt

Film in Revolt speaks with Jane Castle about her activism, the creative process and the making of When The Camera Stopped Rolling.

Thu 4 Nov 2021
  • Listen to Jane Castle on The Drawing Room

Jane Castle joins Patricia Karvelas on ABC Radio National’s The Drawing Room to discuss intergenerational trauma, her mother’s trailblazing career and her film, When the Camera Stopped Rolling.

Fri 22 Oct 2021
  • Read the full FilmInk review of When the Camera Stopped Rolling

“Moving and complex, it’s an outstanding film with a very special mystique,” writes Peter Galvin in his review of When the Camera Stopped Rolling for FilmInk.

Tue 10 Aug 2021
  • Watch Jane Castle speak on the ACMI/AFTRS panel

On this ACMI / AFTRS hosted panel Jane Castle discusses When the Camera Stopped Rolling and the challenges documentary makers face when choosing to work on their passion projects. With Annabel Crabb, Stamatia Maroupas, Tiriki Onus and Alec Morgan.

Tue 18 May 2021
  • Watch Jane Castle on the Documentary Australia Foundation panel

Clara Williams Roldan from Documentary Australia Foundation in conversation with Jane Castle, Emma Macey and Julie Nihill about their projects and the importance of bringing these stories to life.

An affecting, timely and emotionally connecting film

Vivia HickmanSydney Festival


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

A film rich in emotional tension

Alison Lvssa