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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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Ray Lawrence

Ray Lawrence

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(p.85) Ray Lawrence
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Last Words
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Jason Wood

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.003.0016

This chapter presents an interview with filmmaker Ray Lawrence. Lawrence's unique cinematic style has established him as one of the most respected dramatic directors of contemporary Australian cinema. While only producing three films in his 25-year career as a director, all of his features offer an intelligent and intense mediation around the slippery and often painful nature of human interaction and familial strife. His first feature was Bliss (1985), an adaptation of the Peter Carey novel. Jindabyne (2006) is a subtle, powerful, haunting film of visual beauty, mystery, and moral horror. The interview covered topics such as the difficulty of financing Jindabyne; how he disassociates from the pressures of making an art film; moral dilemmas of characters as a foundation of his work.

Keywords:   Ray Lawrence, Bliss, Jindabyne, interviews, film directors, Australian filmmakers, filmmaking

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