”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
”A story of the triumph of love and creativity over the pain of traumatic disruption.Dr Anne-Marie SwanPresident, NSWIPP
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.
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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.
”An affecting, timely and emotionally connecting filmVivia HickmanSydney Festival
”A film rich in emotional tensionAlison Lvssa