In this interview Cristina Álvarez López and Monash Adjunct Associate Professor Adrian Martin talk about their contribution to the rapidly growing genre of audio-video essay. In their conversation with Dr Julia Vassilieva from Monash Film and Screen Studies they discuss the audio-visual essay’s past, present and future as a form of film criticism, a pedagogical approach and a poetic art practice.
Cristina Álvarez López is a film critic and video maker based in Vilassar de Mar (Spain). Her work has appeared in MUBI Notebook, LOLA, and De Filmkrant, and in books on Chantal Akerman, Philippe Garrel, New Portuguese Cinema, Bong Joon-ho, and Paul Schrader. Her website is: cristinaalvarezlopez.wordpress.com/
Adrian Martin is an arts critic based in Vilassar de Mar (Spain) and Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is the author of eight books on cinema, including Mysteries of Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2018). His ongoing archive website of film reviews, covering 40 years of writing, is at filmcritic.com.au.
The audio-visual essays that Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin refer to in their interview can be seen at these links:
- Then He Kissed Me (on Twin Peaks: The Return): mubi.com/notebook/posts/video-essay-twin-peaks-the-return-then-he-kissed-me
- The Sea Speaks (on Jean Epstein's Breton films): filmkrant.nl/video-essays/15726
- A Dream of the Dream of Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Part 1 – Gestures: qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/cinema/programs/rainer-werner-fassbinder (scroll down to the video on the bottom of the page)
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