Publication Date: Mar 2018
RRP: $29.95
ISBN: 9781925523416
Format: Paperback
Size: 153mm x 234mm
Pages: 400
Category: Cultural Studies

Making a Meal of It

Writing about Film

Brian McFarlane

Also available as an ebook from your favourite retailer.


For more than forty years, readers of Melbourne newspapers and journals – and radio listeners – have learned about the latest films through the interpretations and judgments of Brian McFarlane. Over that time McFarlane’s reviews of and articles on film have featured in The AgeAustralian Book ReviewCinema PapersInside StoryMeanjinMetroScreening the PastSenses of CinemaSight & Sound, and many other sources online, on air and on paper.

This selection of McFarlane’s writings on film, taken as a whole, tells a story about what has brought us back to the cinema again and again, from recent times to a now more distant past. In his attuned but easy style, sprinkled with wit and insight, our guide brings back memories, fills gaps in our knowledge, triggers conversations, and inspires delight and enthusiasm.

Making a Meal of It is a first-rate resource for film buffs and excellent dinner-table company.


Brian McFarlane

Brian McFarlane is the author or editor of over twenty books and hundreds of articles and reviews. He has had overlapping careers as writer, scholar and teacher.