Jill Bilcock is one of the worlds most acclaimed and daring film editors. Now, fittingly, a documentary, Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible, has been made to provide insight into this talented Australian’s life and art.

Jill Bilcock left school at 15, then attending the Swinburne Institute of Technology in Melbourne to study art. She went on to film making with Fred Schepisi. At a time when there was no film industry in Australia, they started their careers making TV advertisements.

 

 

She edited iconic films such as Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding, Moulin Rouge (with its fast cutting, noise and colour was nominated for an Oscar), Red Dog, The Dressmaker, Elizabeth, Road to Perdition, The Dish, and Romeo And Juliet (which changed the look of cinema all over the world).

 

 

The film is full of stories that add up to a potted history of Australian film with commentary from Baz Luhrmann, Cate Blanchett, Phil Noyce, Fred Schepisi, Rachel Griffiths and Shekhar Kapur.

Jill Bilcock says of her work “Every project is like starting your first film. It is no different than a writer looking at a blank piece of paper”. In another interview she said “In many ways editing is trying to understand the directors vision and then to surprise the director by going further than their vision”.

 

 

If you are interested in the making of film and the vibrant personality and work of this important contributor you should not miss this film. It makes you aware of how important collaboration is in film making and left me thinking I wanted to see these movies again.

 

 

“It’s a dance and she makes you feel like as if you’re the perfect partner,” says director Phil Noyce of Jill’s work.

78 minutes. Showing at Luna Leederville from July 26.

Watch the trailer…

 

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