When the Camera Stopped Rolling + Q&A

23 April
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12 / $10

The daughter of trailblazing Australian filmmaker Lilias Fraser tells the epic tale of her mother’s extraordinary life, her career and their challenging relationship. 

Driven by the need to understand and heal from their shared trauma, director-cinematographer Jane Castle digs deep into the past using the rich textures of a stunning, unseen part of Australia’s cinematic history.  

Tenacious, enthusiastic and ambitious, Jane’s mother Lilias overcame huge systemic and personal obstacles to make over 40 films in her lifetime. But her success came at a cost – the early trauma that drove her also saw her unravel over time. A destructive marriage, alcoholism and single parenthood pushed Lilias’ trademark determination to its limits.  

Deeply moving and searingly honest, When the Camera Stopped Rolling reveals multiple sides of this proto-feminist icon and unique mother-daughter team. Set against a rich tapestry of stunning visuals and sound, the film captures the turbulence and triumphs of their relationship and careers with clarity and compassion. 

‘Phenomenal, magnificent and devastatingly beautiful’ - Mitzi Goldman, Documentary Australia Foundation 

Following the documentary, join us for a special screening of some of Lilias’ short films, and a Q&A session with director Jane Castle and producer Pat Fiske.  

When the Camera Stopped Rolling is held in the NFSA collection. 



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