Shane Danielsen

Shane Danielsen is a screenwriter and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Articles by this author

Still from Blade Runner
Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is maddeningly close to a classic
Ghosts in the machine
Like many bookish kids, solitary by inclination or shunned by others, I read a lot of science fiction growing up. Scanning racks of used paperbacks after school, gazing in wonder...
Still from mother!
A creative’s mea culpa? An allegory for environmental devastation? Either way, Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ is an exhausting film.
Usurped by chaos
Nothing in Darren Aronofsky’s cinema signals either the virtues of restraint or the civilising influence of what’s commonly judged “good taste”. He’s a maximalist, strident and...
Armando Iannucci and Lucrecia Martel shine at this year’s TIFF
Toronto International Film Festival highlights
Notable for a slightly smaller selection than usual (it had supposedly shed a full fifth of its usual line-up), this year’s Toronto International Film Festival proved standard in...
Matthew Newton’s latest film is – appropriately – a story about facing up to the past
The hope of redemption in ‘Who We Are Now’
While visiting Chicago in the days before this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I mentioned to some Australian friends – also visiting the city – how much I was looking forward to...
James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’
The script changed
I first met James Gray at the Venice Film Festival back in 1994. He was 25, and his debut feature, Little Odessa, was in competition; it wound up winning a Silver Lion. A kind of...
Still from Hounds of Love
Ben Young’s ‘Hounds of Love’ presents horror in all-too-familiar surrounds
Lowlife in the suburbs
Like the majority of Australians, I grew up in the suburbs – the southern suburbs of Sydney, to be precise; I was a Kogarah boy. I had no idea, at the time, that I was inhabiting...
Still from Get Out
‘Get Out’ is a sharp mix of horror, satire and racial commentary
Long time coming
It feels, at last, as if something is stirring, rising out of the dust kicked up by #OscarsSoWhite and Black Lives Matter. The first traces, admittedly, were not promising: Ava...
Still from Toni Erdmann
Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ is one of the most misread movies of the year
A German comedy?
We like to think we all laugh at the same things – that humour is a universal constant, like pi – but of course we don’t. What’s hysterical to one person may be offensive to...
George Miller and the evolution of Mad Max
Desert storm
Before he was a filmmaker, George Miller was a medical student. While completing his residency at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, he worked in the ER department, where he...
A very, very good director has made a pretty ordinary film
The beautiful cliches of David Michôd’s ‘The Rover’
For Australian artists of any discipline, the outback is something to reckon with. It isn’t the barren earth exactly, nor the vast, great, towering sky; it’s something else....