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1:30PM - 27th Oct 2018

#2 in our series of three films featuring cinematography by Robert Krasker

With Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Margit Saad, Patrick Magee

Re-building his career after being blacklisted in Hollywood during the McCarthy witch-hunts, Joseph Losey found a wealth of support in England. He took a commission from producer, Nat Cohen, to make a crime movie about an old-fashioned lone-wolf criminal trying to outwit a large crime syndicate. Losey transformed the project into an exercise in existential angst, with the best of collaborators: actor Stanley Baker, hiding his anguish beneath a severe, tight-lipped exterior; emerging playwright Alun Owen (his first feature, soon to be followed by A HARD DAY’S NIGHT) who crafted terse, percussive dialogues; and above all, Robert Krasker, whose willingness to play with light and camera angles gave Losey perfect expression for his intense, baroque vision. John Dankworth’s moody jazz score adds to the mix, especially with Cleo Laine singing the haunting, recurring, theme song.

“Losey’s greatest achievement” – Geoff Gardner, Film Alert

Following the screening, leading Australian cinematographer, Geoff Burton, will discuss the work of Robert Krasker.




Geoff Burton began his career in cinematography at ABC-TV in Sydney in 1963 with a strong interest in documentary film production. By the early seventies, after a short period freelancing in Europe, he joined in the renaissance of the Australian feature film industry by photographing his first feature film, Sunday too Far Away, and has worked as cinematographer, director, writer or producer on around fifty feature films since then. Whilst remaining a strong advocate for the maintenance of a national Australian cinema, Burton has worked extensively overseas, particularly in South East Asia, his preferred part of the world. The production company that Burton set up with his partner Sharon Bell in 1975 continues to develop and produce documentary films in Asia and Australia. Film education and gender equality within the film and television industries have been strongly supported by Burton throughout his career including heading the Cinematography Department at AFTRS for several years. He delights in the successes currently being achieved by former students and crew members as the new creative cohort of Australian cinematographers make their mark. These days he is mostly found on the family vineyard near Canberra where he continues to pursue the perfect Shiraz for the Gundog Estate wine label.