In Film Australia was created in 1997 and has since grown into one of Australia’s most reputable online film sources, now generating millions of hits a month from a diverse range of movie enthusiasts.
On January 1, 2008, to celebrate our ten-and-a-bit birthday, In Film Australia relaunched with a brand new look and a new focus, exclusively devoting itself to writing about Australian films and the Australian film industry.
The In Film team report on new and old, covering the latest Australian cinema has to offer, and reaching into the history books to remind you of those dusty forgotten classics - or the films that simply should have been forgotten.
In film articles have been referenced, quoted and reproduced in publications such as NINE-MSN, The Age, News.com.au, The Guardian, The New Zealand Herald, IGN.com and ABC News. The In Film team are a crew of fervent film writers with experience in print, radio and television.
In Film contributors:
David O’Connell (film reviews)
David is a Melbourne-based writer and poet with a background in English and Psychology. He has spent much of his teenage years and adulthood accumulating - to the detriment of his finances - a collection of nearly 4000 film scores and has two rooms full of crumbling VHS tapes and DVD’s. His favourite international directors include Sydney Lumet, Alfred Hitchcock, David Cronenbeg, Ingmar Bergman and Brian De Palma.
Tara Judah (film reviews)
Tara is a Melbourne-based writer whose eight-years-too-long stint in the UK afforded her with a couple of film degrees and a sometimes peculiar phraseology. Preferring a mediated experience of life, Tara also writes for The 405 and authors a blog called Liminal Vision.
Luke is Melbourne-based writer who, in addition to editing In Film Australia (which has kept him busy for over a decade) contributes to publications such as The Age and Filmink Magazine. He is currently Treaurer of the Australian Film Critics Association, and Website Editor of crikey.com.au Over the years has has written for a number of other outlets including the Big Issue, Urban Cinefile and Zest for Life magazine. He also appears on Newcastle Radio 2HD’s Luke Grant For Breakfast every Thursday morning. Luke has acted as a guest panellist (National Young Writers Festival), a short film judge (In on the Filmmaker festival) and has completed a short course on screen writing at the Melbourne School of Film and Television.
Previous contributors: Matt Ravier, Gavin Bond, Avril Carruthers, Al Cossar
Five star reviews:
“It takes courage to let rip like this.”
Germaine Greer, discussing Luke Buckmaster’s review of Australia
“Luke Buckmaster stares straight down the lens of the Australian film industry and consistently delivers provocative but fair analysis and commentary. His passion for film crackles with intelligence and insight, and his talent seems to be staying one step ahead of the pack.”
Veronica Sywak, actor
“I wanted to say thank you for your review. Not only did you say such great things about our film, but even more so I found your writing and insight so beautiful, and quite inspirational.”
Andrea Buck, producer (The Jammed)
“There’s something wonderfully Australian about In Film; the site and its contributors are as fresh, exuberant, and honest as the national character. Luke Buckmaster’s stories reveal a passionate interest and deep knowledge in the art and craft of film making, which he passes on to the reader.”
Pete Kozachik, Oscar nominated cinematographer (A Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride)
“In Film is a terrific addition to film commentary in Australia, check it out!”
Robert Connolly, film director (The Bank, Three Dollars)
“An extremely well-designed site that’s as user-friendly as it is informative. A handy way of keeping in the loop with what’s showing, coming, worth your time, not worth your time…”
Clint Morris, Moviehole
“Thanks for the great article - you’ve really captured the unprentiousness of what we are all about incredibly accurately.”
Rachel Lucas, director (Bondi Tsunami)
“One of the best Aussie film sites I’ve seen”
David Williams, Aussie Short Films
“Luke Buckmaster’s In Film Australia web site is ample proof that cinema culture in Australia runs pretty deep these days; here is a writer with sophisticated but accessible opinions on film, a broad palate and enough web skills to make it all hang together as a friendly and interesting web site - without the clichés.”
Andrew Urban, Urban Cinefile
“Luke Buckmaster is a man with a passion for films. He conveys this passion and knowledge in a sophisticated and mature style that is engaging and informative. His reviews are always insightful and worth reading.”
Greg King, BEAT magazine