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When the Camera Stopped Rolling: A cinematographer tells the story of her filmmaker mother, their legacy, and their challenging relationship, using their deep archive.

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When The Camera Stopped Rolling is a story about Lilias Fraser: a prolific Australian cinematographer and her youngest daughter, cinematographer Jane Castle, ACS (the filmmaker). Castle uses the rich textures of an unseen part of Australia's cinematic history to tell her mother's story, and the story of their relationship. Lilias overcame huge systemic and personal obstacles in her lifetime but like many pioneers, early childhood trauma drove her, and her life began to unravel over time. Struggling with alcohol and single motherhood, Lilias’s trademark determination finally met its limits.

When the Camera Stopped Rolling documents both this trailblazing mother-daughter filmmaking team and the intergenerational trauma that was its shadow. Using archival research with searing honesty, Jane interweaves their struggles and triumphs with clarity and compassion.

SDFF 2021 Jury Award Nominee - Best Feature!*

Awards l Spotlight Documentary Film Awards 2020  Gold Winner l Vancouver Independent Film Festival Spring 2021 Finalist l Chicago Indie Film Awards 2021 Semi-Finalist l Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 2021 l Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil 2021 l Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival 2021 l Voices Rising Film Festival 2021 l Toronto International Women’s Film Festival 2021

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  • Year
    March 2021
  • Runtime
    75 mins
  • Language
  • Country
  • Director
    Jane Castle, ACS
  • Screenwriter
    Jane Castle, ACS
  • Producer
    Pat Fiske
  • Filmmaker
    Jane Castle, ACS
  • Cinematographer
    Jane Castle, ACS
  • Editor
    Ray Thomas
  • Composer
    Kyls Burtland
  • Sound Design
    Sam Petty