Filmmaker Lilias Castle sits behind a vintage camera with wooden tripod facing right. She is filming in a flat, dusty, red earth location in the Australian bush. Lilias is wearing a blue wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and white t-shirt with beige slacks.
Filmmaker Lilias Castle sits behind a vintage camera with wooden tripod facing right. She is filming in a flat, dusty, red earth location in the Australian bush. Lilias is wearing a blue wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and white t-shirt with beige slacks.
When The Camera Stopped Rolling (2021) Bonsai Films

ACMI Presents

When The Camera Stopped Rolling

Opening night Q&A with Jane Castle and Pat Fiske, presented with Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

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The professional and the personal intersect in this documentary that sees award-winning cinematographer Jane Castle re-examine the story of her pioneering filmmaker mother.

When The Camera Stopped Rolling takes audiences away from the sets and the glamour; it looks at the life behind the camera and at the trauma and the desires that drove them both.

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Our opening night screening on Thu 21 Apr will feature an in-conversation with director Jane Castle and producer Pat Fiske, moderated by Alice McShane. Presented in partnership with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2022.

The name Lilias Fraser might not be one that’s instantly recognisable to those outside the film industry, but within it she was one of Australia’s first female cinematographers. Yet being the first through the door is never easy and as her daughter Jane Castle begins going through the stories and footage of her life, she uncovers some of the discrimination, heartbreak and trauma that her mother faced as a trailblazer. Pursuing a career in the same industry and becoming an award-winning cinematographer in her own right on feature films, documentaries and music videos for the likes of Prince, U2, Mary J Blige, Usher and INXS (to name a few), in telling her mother’s story Castle starts to unpack her own and dissect how their own scars have become interconnected.

When The Camera Stopped Rolling follows in the steps of deeply personal, female centred documentaries that skim the edges of show business like Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (2012). The entertainment industry is just the entry point, providing context for what the audience will see and – in this case – the professional and personal pressures that Fraser was placed under and how that impacted her relationship with her daughter, Castle, going forward as she embarked on a very similar career with very similar obstacles to overcome not just in the Australian screen industry, but the international one as well.

Curated by ACMI Film Programs

Opening night screening presented with

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Bonsai Films
Courtesy: Bonsai Films
Duration: 75 mins

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Mature themes and coarse language

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Opening night filmmaker in-conversation

Meet filmmakers Jane Castle and Pat Fiske on Thu 21 Apr

Director Jane Castle and producer Pat Fiske join Alice McShane in-person to discuss the process of making When The Camera Stopped Rolling and their experiences within the Australian screen industry.

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Screens with

Water Birds of the Inland

This short film was made by Lilias Fraser during her time as a director for the Commonwealth Film Unit. It shows general feeding and nesting habits of a variety of inland water birds at Narran Lake, Western NSW (also known as Terewah Lake) and its surrounding marshy area.

Lilias Fraser | 1964 | Australia | 14 min

waterbirds of the inland

More by Lilias Fraser

Explore works by Lilias Fraser in the ACMI Collection, including her short films produced for government and industry agencies. Read Julia Murphy's article on women in Australian documentary film history here.

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Filmmaker Lilias Fraser directs a film with a cameraman. Lilias is wearing a blue outfit and wearing black sunglasses. She is standing to the left of her cameraman, who is operating a vintage camera with a wooden tripod.

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