Gary Couzens

I'm a fiction and non-fiction writer, and have been a contributor to The Digital Fix (formerly DVD Times) since 2000. I've reviewed a wide variety of films and television, with a particular specialism in Australian cinema. I've written a review special for Australia Day (26 January) for this site every year since 2002.

My Content

My Friend the Polish Girl Review

The relationship between a filmmaker and her subject becomes problematic in this faux-documentary.

London Australian Film Festival: Suburban Wildlife Review

Closing night film of the 2019 London Australian Film Festival, Suburban Wildlife is an accomplished coming-of-age story of four Sydney twentysomethings, directed and co-written by Imogen McCluskey.

London Australian Film Festival: Backtrack Boys Review

A moving documentary about BackTrack, helping troubled teenagers finding a new purpose in life, reviewed from the London Australian Film Festival.

London Australian Film Festival: Storm Boy Review

A new version of Colin Thiele's bestselling story, and a remake of the 1976 classic film, showing in the London Australian Film Festival.

London Australian Film Festival: Locusts Review

Plenty of twists and turns as a man returns to the outback town he grew up in and falls victim to an extortion racket.

London Australian Film Festival: Top End Wedding Review

A romantic comedy where the rom has happened and the com is due to making the wedding happen, Top End Wedding is a real crowdpleaser.

London Australian Film Festival: Ghosthunter Review

Jason King is a security guard who runs a ghosthunting business on the side, but digging into his own past brings forth demons in Ben Lawrence's moving documentary, which showed at the London Australian Film Festival.

London Australian Film Festival: Reaching Distance Review

A young man finds himself on a very strange bus journey in Reaching Distance, opening night film of the 2019 London Australian Film Festival.

My Brilliant Career Review

On Blu-ray from Criterion UK for its fortieth anniversary, My Brilliant Career established director Gillian Armstrong and star Judy Davis and remains a classic of 1970s Australian cinema.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story Review

Rolling Thunder Revue is Martin Scorsese's second Bob Dylan film, documenting a pivotal period in his career, though all is not what it may seem.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Review

Back in cinemas for its twenty-fifth anniversary, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is as fresh and camp as ever

Kind Hearts and Coronets Review

Eight Alec Guinnesses stand between Dennis Price and his rightful inheritance, in the classic black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets, back in cinemas for its seventieth anniversary.

London Australian Film Festival: 27-30 June

In its third year, the London Australian Film Festival returns to the Regent Street Cinema from 27 to 30 June.

How I Won the War Review

Absurdist, satirical and with more ideas in its nearly two hours than many another film could deal with, How I Won the War, Richard Lester's film starring Michael Crawford and John Lennon, released in dual format by the BFI.

Room at the Top Review

A key film in pushing the limits of acceptability in British cinemas, Jack Clayton's debut feature Room at the Top remains a fine film, featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Simone Signoret.

Blu-Ray Review: Doctor Who -The Macra Terror

A lost Doctor Who story from 1967 comes to life in animated form, and is released on Blu-ray.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, released 12 June

Rolling Thunder Revue, Martin Scorsese's documentary on Bob Dylan's legendary Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975-76, released in select cinemas and on Netflix on 12 June.

The Caretaker Review

The Caretaker was Harold Pinter's breakthrough play, filmed in 1963 by Clive Donner and starring Alan Bates, Donald Pleasence and Robert Shaw.

Kinoteka Polish Film Festival: Love Express - The Disappearance of Walerian Borowczyk Review

Walerian Borowczyk was a one-time arthouse darling turned alleged pornographer, with an effect on his reputation. This film tells that story, with contributions from friends and collaborators and other filmmakers.

Kinoteka Polish Film Festival: Nina Review

Nina and her husband are trying for a child, but a potential surrogacy agreement takes a different turn when Nina falls for the potential surrogate. Showing in the 17th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival in London.