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.

Australian Premiere

9 + 13 November

Sydney Film Festival 2021


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.


Australian Launch at the Sydney Film Festival and in competition for Best Documentary in the Documentary Australia Foundation Awards!

Get your tickets now as the screenings will sell out quickly.

TUE 9 November 2021, 6pm
Sydney Film Festival Screening
Event Cinemas, George Street, SydneyMore details
SAT 13 November 2021, 4.00pm
Sydney Film Festival Screening
Palace Chauvel, PaddingtonMore details

If you want to see more than just our film, you can buy Flexipasses of 10, 20 and 30.

 You can only use four tickets for any one film.  It looks to be an amazing festival in many ways – and with 12 excellent documentaries in competition for the Best Documentary Award.

🗳️ Please don’t forget to vote!

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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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