When The Camera Stopped Rolling
Opening night Q&A with Jane Castle and Pat Fiske, presented with Human Rights Arts & Film Festival
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.
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
Mature themes and coarse language
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.
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
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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