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When The Camera Stopped Rolling

Directed by Jane Castle, 2021 Australia 75 minutes
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Eight years in the making, Jane Castle’s poignant documentary about her filmmaker mother is an intimate mother-daughter story and eye-opening chronicle of women’s roles in the film industry.

Lilias Fraser was a trailblazing film director who faced down discrimination in a male-dominated industry. She was also one of the first female cinematographers in Australia. After studying in Europe, Lilias started a successful film company with her husband. But both her marriage and company fractured, and as a single mother with an insatiable drive to make movies, Lilias struggled with alcoholism and keeping her career alive. Decades on, her daughter Jane became an award-winning cinematographer and confronted similar challenges to her mother. Driven by her need to understand and heal from their shared trauma, director-cinematographer Jane digs into her mother’s past, using stunning unseen footage from Australia’s cinematic history. Their relationship and careers are laid bare in this outstanding documentary.

Jane Castle is a multi-award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer on feature films, documentaries and a vast range of music videos for performers such as Prince, U2, Mary J Blige, Usher and INXS.

After renting, the film will be available in your account to watch at any time during the Festival viewing window; from 12th November, 12 PM – 21st November, 11.59 PM.

Program Strand
Documentary Australia Foundation Award,
M - Mature themes and coarse language
In English
Jane Castle,
Pat Fiske,
Jane Castle,
Jane Castle,
Ray Thomas,
Documentary, Australian Films, Biography, Cinephile, Filmmaking, Focus on Women, Women Directors,
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Bonsai Films,