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Jaymes Durante

Age: 24

Twitter handle: @jaymesdurante

City I call home: Perth

Genre/style/region of cinema I am most passionate about: I've always erred naturally towards comedy, especially the various American strands which have led to Baumbach and Stillman today. Critically, formally adventurous films are the most fun to dig into.

A film that changed me/my mind is: Discovering Michael Haneke and, vicariously, that liking a film did not necessarily mean enjoying it (and vice-versa!), was extremely formative.

MIFF 2015 film I’m most looking forward toCemetery of Splendour, because Apichatpong Weerasethakul is one of the best filmmakers working today. Or perhaps Love, because who could really pass up a three-hour 3D sex odyssey?

I’m looking forward to Critics Campus because: To attend MIFF is a dream in itself – the vastness and quality of its program is both daunting and impressive – and to be able to cover the festival alongside fellow up-and-comers in a practical working environment seems like the best way to experience this tremendous event for the first time.   

Cinema excites me because: The possibilities are endless. (As are the clichés, apparently!)

Favourite Critic and why:  It changes often, but I'm constantly circling back to Pauline Kael – a real touchstone – for her verve and temerity even when her ideas aren't always agreeable. Manny Farber when he's discovered something. James Agee on the silent comics.

A publication I’d one day like to write for: If I'm allowed to be a little delusional, The New Yorker, Sight & Sound and Film Comment are perfect magazines, and locally I think 4:3 have a great thing going on.

What listicle about MIFF would be most likely to go viral? Miguel Gomez's Arabian Nights, ranked.

Snow Monkey, four ways

Jaymes Durante reviews George Gittoes’s Snow Monkey – along with three other critics.

Cemetery of Splendour

Review by Jaymes Durante


Review by Jaymes Durante