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Max Hayward is a Melbourne-based writer who is passionate about film musicals and mimosas.

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Ghostly Intimacy at the Edge of the World: Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’

A man’s world is seen through a woman’s lens in New Zealand’s cinematic triumph. Max Hayward reviews this intimate story between man and woman, woman and piano, as it unravels in an unknowable, rain-drenched landscape.

The Uncanny Worlds of Wes Anderson

As Wes Anderson ventures to Japan with his recent animation, we travel backwards and revisit the places and homes he’s taken us over these past decades: the faraway but familiar worlds where fiction and reality are magically intertwined.

Che Guevara’s Political Awakening in ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’

Max Hayward reviews this full-hearted biopic following a charismatic Che Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado as they navigate the windswept landscape and harsh social climate of South America.

The Story of America Told Through the Words of James Baldwin

Max Hayward draws our attention to past and present race relations in America through the powerful and poetic words of civil rights activist and writer James Baldwin in the essayistic documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’.

Film Review / Germany

“Everything, from Christiane’s favourite East German pickles to Alexander’s t-shirts to the statues of political figures throughout Berlin, must one day change.”

Max Hayward on Good Bye, Lenin!

Film Review / India

“The organic way in which director Shubhashish Bhutiani approaches aging and death is decidedly anti-Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; the story isn’t about fulfilling dreams, it’s about the acceptance of death.”

Max Hayward on Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Hotel Salvation

‘Breathless’ (À Bout de Souffle): Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave Ode to Youth

Considered one of the films that kick-started the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague), Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Breathless’ is a rule-breaking tribute to youthfulness, recklessness and gangster movies. Max Hayward escorts us through this black and white 60s Parisian maze.

Six Signature Dishes from the World of Cinema

Max Hayward recalls films where the food plays a leading role. From Tampopo’s artful ramen noodles to Amélie’s freshly torched crème brûlée, these dishes are iconic due to both their cultural significance and their film cameos.

Wong Kar-wai’s Cinematic Muse, Hong Kong, Shines in ‘In the Mood for Love’

Max Hayward walks us through Wong Kar-wai's dizzying portrait of a man and a woman living in a ramshackle Hong Kong neighbourhood in—what has been granted time and time again—one of the best films ever made.

Interview / Mongolia

“I’d never seen eagle hunters before in my life; this was so foreign to me, but felt so familiar.”

Sophie Howarth on documenting the Golden Eagle Festival