Welcome to the website of Australian writer, journalist and critic Dan Edwards. This site features examples of Dan's work from the wide variety of publications he has written for. Whenever possible links have been provided so articles can be viewed in their original context.
Dan mainly focuses on politics and arts-related topics. From 2007-2001 he lived in China's capital Beijing, and was the web editor for The Beijinger and the China correspondent for New Matilda, an Australian online publication featuring news and analysis of current affairs. He is a regular contributor to RealTime, Australia's only free national arts magazine. His work has also appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey, The Diplomat, Inside Film, Screen Hub, Senses of Cinema, Meanjin, Metro Magazine, The Beijinger, Time Out Beijing and China Today.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Dan currently resides in Melbourne, where he is completing a book and PhD thesis on China's independent documentary movement. He curated the Street Level Visions program of Chinese documentaries for the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival.
Before living in China, Dan was the managing editor of the Australian Film Commission's Communications Branch. He also formerly taught Film Studies at the University of New South Wales and from 2003 to 2005 was the assistant editor of RealTime.
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Check out my blog, Screening China, featuring news an commentary about China's independent film sector.
Interview on ABC Radio National's Final Cut program
Dan Edwards was interviewed by Radio National's Jason Di Rosso on 2 February 2013 about two Chinese films screening at GOMA in Brisbane: Jia Zhangke's Still Life and Zhao Liang's Petition.
Recent articles by Dan Edwards
Reframing the World, RealTime e-edition, 8 May 2013
An interview with Sari Braithwaite, programmer of Melbourne's Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.
Hope and Survival in the Back of a Van, RealTime, 113, February-March 2013
An interview with Indigenous Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) about his new installation, Mother Courage, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
A Culture Cleft in Two - the documentaries of Scott Millwood, Senses of Cinema, 65, Dec 2012
A critical essay on the work of Australian documentary maker Scott Millwood, who directed the award-winning Wildness (2003) and What Ever Happened to Brenda Hean?. The essay is part of Senses of Cinema's special series on "Tasmanian and the Cinema."
Art, Activism and Ai Weiwei, RealTime, 112, Dec-Jan 2012
A review of the acclaimed new Alison Klayman documentary about Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, entitled Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
The Stories behind Your neighbour's Front Door, Kill Your Darlings (blog), 5 December 2012
A reflection on the myriad, and rarely heard, tales of suffering that can be heard among the community of Australians who have immigrated here from other nations.
Chinese filmmakers risk it all to defy government censorship, Crikey, 6 September 2012
Chinese documentary maker Hu Jie was recently prevented from leaving China to travel to a Nepalese festival. Meanwhile feature film director Ying Liang has the opposite problem - he's been threatened with arrest if he sets foot back in mainland China. A look at some of the pressures facing China's independent film sector at present.
DIY filmmakers offer rare, raw face of China, The Age, 3 August 2012
An overview of the Street Level Visions: Chinese Independent Docos program curated by Dan Edwards for the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival. Also features a short video interview with Edwards.