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7:30PM - 27th Aug 2022

1948  |  95 mins  |  Classified G
Directed by John Farrow. 
With Ray Milland, Maureen O’Sullivan, Charles Laughton, and Elsa Lanchester.

An impeccable noir thriller, THE BIG CLOCK covers one night in the life of a crime journalist involved with a woman who is found murdered, and discovers that he is being framed as the prime suspect.  As the trap closes in on him, he fights back in a race against the clock, in an attempt to identify and confront the real killer.  Charles Laughton clearly relishes his role as Milland’s boss, a megalomaniacal publishing tycoon.  Often acknowledged as one of Farrow’s best works and a superb example of a late-40s noir thriller, the film is brilliantly constructed by screenwriter Johnathan Latimer (a frequent Farrow collaborator), and perfectly isualized by cinematographer John F. Seitz, with great interplay of darkness and light, and claustrophobic settings.  “Strong performances … evocative direction … and marvellous high contrast photography, portraying a world in which nothing is as it seems.”  (Geoff Andrew, Time Out, London).

Introduced by Special CIFF Guests:  Claude Gonzalez and Frans Vandenburg, directors of the Farrow documentary.



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.