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4:15PM - 27th Aug 2022

2021 |  96 mins  |  Classified PG

Directed by Claude Gonzalez and Frans Vandenburg.

JOHN FARROW:  HOLLYWOOD’S MAN IN THE SHADOWS  is the first documentary ever made about one of Hollywood’s most prolific yet forgotten filmmakers, John Villiers Farrow (1904-1963).  Part mystery, part biography, part film noir, the documentary follows the stranger-than-fiction story of this Australian-born, Oscar-winning filmmaker. One of Hollywood’s most enigmatic figures, Farrow was the director of some 50 films. He was also a sailor, a poet, a war hero, best-selling author, a religious scholar, a family man and a philanderer – a man who lived many lives.  He left no memoirs, no interviews and no archival footage, and until now, has been an elusive shadow in the telling of film history.  This documentary is a riveting, meticulously researched and beautifully assembled achievement – indeed a masterwork in its own right – by two Australian filmmakers, Claude Gonzalez and Frans Vandenburg who will be visiting CIFF to introduce the Farrow films and for Q&As.

Introduced by Special CIFF Guests: directors Claude Gonzalez and Frans Vandenburg.



Frans Vandenburg and Claude Gonzales

Director/Producer: Frans Vandenburg (ASE) has extensive post-production and editing credits over some decades. Ranging from crafting performances by Jack Thompson, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis, Heath Ledger, and Raul Julia in iconic Australian and American films including Newsfront, My Brilliant Career, Blackrock, Romero to The Sum of Us; for which he was nominated for the AFI award for Best Editing; to documentary and television credits including Bangkok Hilton, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Murder Ballads and Sydney at War. He also has extensive experience in the restoration of classic movies and archival film research. Director/Producer: Claude Gonzalez is an award-winning director and producer who has worked in film and TV for many years – directing and producing documentaries, series, and commercials. Recent highlights include director of the series Meet the Mavericks, for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Direction, and Series Producer of Australia’s iconic film review series At the Movies. Claude is the director of the documentary Sydney at War, nominated for an IF award for Best Direction, and the Producer of the AACTA-winning documentary Global Haywire.