Chloe Lizotte

A Bridge Too Far: James Vaughan’s Friends and Strangers

By Chloe Lizotte / June 14, 2022

By Chloe Lizotte It’s not immediately clear who the protagonist of James Vaughan’s debut feature is. Following the credits, which play over a montage of 18th-century artist William Bradley’s watercolours of English ships docking in Sydney (the settlement’s first representation in Western art), we are shown a sunny park on the edge of Sydney’s harbour,…

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Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (Céline Sciamma, France)

By Chloe Lizotte / December 28, 2019

By Chloe Lizotte The very title of Portrait de la jeune fille en feu seeks to pin down the unpinnable: to fix a flame in place. Céline Sciamma’s 18th-century romance centres on the innate slipperiness of condensing someone’s presence into oil on canvas, a process in which the act of rendering becomes an intimate exchange…

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