Category Archives: Crime film

Ephemera from the 1971 film, Get Carter

Following on my essay earlier this week in the Los Angeles Review of Books on Ted Lewis, his Jack Carter books and the film adaption of the first book, Get Carter (which you can check out here if you if … Continue reading

Get Carter, again

It is impossible to discuss British author Ted Lewis’s 1970 novel, Jack’s Return Home, without mentioning its better-known 1971 film adaptation,Get Carter. Rarely has such an influential crime novel dwelt so deeply in the shadow of its cinematic adaptation. In the … Continue reading

My 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival top ten

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) kicks off in few days. As usual, there’s a packed program full of cinematic goodness. If you’re wanting to check some films out but are stumped as to what to see, here’s my ten … Continue reading

The Burglar and unbearable anxiety of late film noir

What I love about the canon of cinema known as film noir is just when you think you’ve seen the all important films, along comes something and blows you away. Thus was the case recently when I watched the 1957 … Continue reading

True Detective

Long before it was a television series, True Detective was the name of an American magazine that specialised in lurid, sensationalised stories of real-life crimes, often told from the point-of-view of the grizzled police veterans who investigated them. This reference point is … Continue reading