Helen Barlow

Helen Barlow

Helen Barlow is a Paris-based Australian freelance critic and journalist who this year received La Plume d’Or for her services to French cinema. A dedicated Europhile, she recently was on the Series Jury at the Zurich Film Festival and has covered the Cannes and Berlin Festivals for 28 years and also loves covering the Venice and Sundance Festivals. She is a dedicated follower of fashion and lives in the Parisian fashion precinct.

Latest from Helen Barlow

House of Cardin, a film on fashion designer Pierre Cardin, looks at his love for China, sexuality and close ties with Christian Dior

Legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin is the subject of a new documentary House of Cardin that highlights his work in China, Japan and Russia at a time when few other designers were willing to expand internationally.

24 Oct 2019 - 10:16AM

Legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin is the subject of a new documentary House of Cardin that highlights his work in China, Japan and Russia at a time when few other designers were willing to expand internationally.

House of Cardin, a film on fashion designer Pierre Cardin, looks at his love for China, sexuality and close ties with Christian Dior
Paradise Hills: how Awkwafina and Alice Waddington shaped this weirdly wonderful film

Director Waddington talks about casting Awkwafina, and working with a mostly all-female cast. Paradise Hills, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is based on a story written by Waddington.

22 Oct 2019 - 4:36AM

Director Waddington talks about casting Awkwafina, and working with a mostly all-female cast. Paradise Hills, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is based on a story written by Waddington.

Paradise Hills: how Awkwafina and Alice Waddington shaped this weirdly wonderful film
What to see at Hong Kong’s Sundance Film Festival 2019, from Honey Boy to Brittany Runs a Marathon

Running from September 19 to October 1 in Kowloon Bay, the event features a range of crowd-pleasing films from the main Sundance festival including Honey Boy with Shia LaBeouf and Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong’o.

18 Sep 2019 - 8:22PM

Running from September 19 to October 1 in Kowloon Bay, the event features a range of crowd-pleasing films from the main Sundance festival including Honey Boy with Shia LaBeouf and Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong’o.

What to see at Hong Kong’s Sundance Film Festival 2019, from Honey Boy to Brittany Runs a Marathon
Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina on life, laughs and Lucy Liu at Sundance Film Festival

The Asian-American rapper, YouTube sensation and actress is one of biggest names at the Sundance Film Festival, where we talk to her about her growing movie career and why her grandma made her who she is today.

11 Jul 2019 - 12:31PM

The Asian-American rapper, YouTube sensation and actress is one of biggest names at the Sundance Film Festival, where we talk to her about her growing movie career and why her grandma made her who she is today.

Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina on life, laughs and Lucy Liu at Sundance Film Festival
What to see at Hong Kong’s Sundance Film Festival 2018, from Hearts Beat Loud to Three Identical Strangers

Crowd-pleasing film about a father and daughter bonding over music, and documentary about identical triplets raised in separate families who meet by chance, among our top picks for festival offshoot.

19 Sep 2018 - 5:42PM

Crowd-pleasing film about a father and daughter bonding over music, and documentary about identical triplets raised in separate families who meet by chance, among our top picks for festival offshoot.

What to see at Hong Kong’s Sundance Film Festival 2018, from Hearts Beat Loud to Three Identical Strangers
‘The only cool thing about getting older’: Tully scriptwriter Diablo Cody, a mother-of-three, on how life experiences help her tell stories

Diablo Cody, Oscar winner for Juno, reunites with director Jason Reitman for film about a mother, played by Charlize Theron – who put on 23kg for the role – battling postnatal depression and the night nurse who helps her through it

29 Aug 2018 - 7:46PM

Diablo Cody, Oscar winner for Juno, reunites with director Jason Reitman for film about a mother, played by Charlize Theron – who put on 23kg for the role – battling postnatal depression and the night nurse who helps her through it

‘The only cool thing about getting older’: Tully scriptwriter Diablo Cody, a mother-of-three, on how life experiences help her tell stories
The biggest star you’ve never seen: Andy Serkis makes his directing debut with Breathe, a love story about a polio patient

Serkis has played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Caesar in Planet of the Apes and Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars. Now he has directed his first film, the story of his friend’s father, who caught polio as a young man

29 Nov 2017 - 7:21PM

Serkis has played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Caesar in Planet of the Apes and Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars. Now he has directed his first film, the story of his friend’s father, who caught polio as a young man

The biggest star you’ve never seen: Andy Serkis makes his directing debut with Breathe, a love story about a polio patient
Nicholas Hoult on making J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye, playing Tesla in The Current War, and erotic romance Newness

At only 27 years old, the talented British actor has already played famous authors, superheroes, and historical figures in his impressive career – but he feels the best is still to come

22 Nov 2017 - 3:03PM

At only 27 years old, the talented British actor has already played famous authors, superheroes, and historical figures in his impressive career – but he feels the best is still to come

Nicholas Hoult on making J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye, playing Tesla in The Current War, and erotic romance Newness
Legend of the Demon Cat: Chen Kaige adapts to China’s changed cinematic landscape with lavish production

Chen, one of Chinese cinema’s fifth generation, pulled out all the stops for this period drama, even spending five years and US$200 million constructing a city

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Chen, one of Chinese cinema’s fifth generation, pulled out all the stops for this period drama, even spending five years and US$200 million constructing a city

Legend of the Demon Cat: Chen Kaige adapts to China’s changed cinematic landscape with lavish production
Ryuichi Sakamoto on new documentary Coda, beating throat cancer and David Bowie’s best music

The writer of music for films including The Revenant and The Last Emperor, Sakamoto never intended to show his everyday life with documentary Coda, but being diagnosed with cancer during filming changed his approach

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The writer of music for films including The Revenant and The Last Emperor, Sakamoto never intended to show his everyday life with documentary Coda, but being diagnosed with cancer during filming changed his approach

Ryuichi Sakamoto on new documentary Coda, beating throat cancer and David Bowie’s best music
For Luc Besson, director of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, making extravagant space opera a no-brainer

The French auteur hired three separate special effects companies to help realise his vision for the US$180 million blockbuster, which he had long considered unfilmable until the technology caught up with his imagination

28 Nov 2017 - 11:36AM

The French auteur hired three separate special effects companies to help realise his vision for the US$180 million blockbuster, which he had long considered unfilmable until the technology caught up with his imagination

For Luc Besson, director of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, making  extravagant space opera a no-brainer
Joshua Wong on Hong Kong human rights, those CIA rumours, and his Sundance winner Teenager vs Superpower

Joe Piscatella’s documentary on the Hong Kong student activist premiered at the independent film festival, and Wong gave a speech the following day

18 Aug 2017 - 1:07PM

Joe Piscatella’s documentary on the Hong Kong student activist premiered at the independent film festival, and Wong gave a speech the following day

Joshua Wong on Hong Kong human rights, those CIA rumours, and his Sundance winner Teenager vs Superpower
James Franco on how his hard work to be more than just a Hollywood heartthrob has truly paid off

The Oscar-nominated actor, who’s also written a short story collection and directed and produced several films, can next be seen on the big screen as a bad boy tech billionaire in Why Him? opposite Bryan Cranston

4 Jan 2017 - 6:37PM

The Oscar-nominated actor, who’s also written a short story collection and directed and produced several films, can next be seen on the big screen as a bad boy tech billionaire in Why Him? opposite Bryan Cranston

James Franco on how his hard work to be more than just a Hollywood heartthrob has truly paid off
‘They didn’t realise I was the lead’: Dev Patel on Slumdog Millionaire, The Man Who Knew Infinity, and Lion

Actor Dev Patel has come a long way since almost being snubbed at a red carpet event in 2008, and the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel star’s career continues to flourish. Patel talks about his rise to stardom

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Actor Dev Patel has come a long way since almost being snubbed at a red carpet event in 2008, and the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel star’s career continues to flourish. Patel talks about his rise to stardom

‘They didn’t realise I was the lead’: Dev Patel on Slumdog Millionaire, The Man Who Knew Infinity, and Lion
The best from Sundance: big winners, films and future stars to watch

Nate Parker's slave rebellion film The Birth of a Nation takes top prizes at the festival of independent film, Kenneth Lonergan delivers his moving third feature, and a 13-year-old New Zealander with comic timing is a name to watch out for

5 Feb 2016 - 12:07PM

Nate Parker's slave rebellion film The Birth of a Nation takes top prizes at the festival of independent film, Kenneth Lonergan delivers his moving third feature, and a 13-year-old New Zealander with comic timing is a name to watch out for

The best from Sundance: big winners, films and future stars to watch
Hong Kong Sundance Film Festival 2015: what to see

This year's Sundance programme presents some award-winning documentaries and features at Kitec later this month

4 Sep 2015 - 7:00PM

This year's Sundance programme presents some award-winning documentaries and features at Kitec later this month

Hong Kong Sundance Film Festival 2015: what to see
Ning Hao's comedy takes two buddies across changing mainland
Postcard from Toronto
21 Sep 2014 - 11:07AM
Postcard from Toronto
Postcard: Sydney
10 Aug 2014 - 12:46PM
Postcard: Sydney
Postcard: Auckland
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Postcard: Auckland
Postcard: Sydney
22 Jun 2014 - 12:18PM
Postcard: Sydney
Welsh director Gareth Evans' second 'Raid' movie is an all-action expansion of the first Indonesia-filmed hit
Lucky 13
16 Feb 2004 - 12:00AM
Lucky 13
On a role
29 Jul 2004 - 12:00AM
On a role
Funny old life
2 Feb 2004 - 12:00AM
Funny old life
The frisky priest
16 Sep 2004 - 12:00AM
The frisky priest
Out of the shadows
24 May 2005 - 12:00AM
Out of the shadows
Master class
18 Sep 2005 - 12:00AM
Master class
Phantom menace
23 Dec 2004 - 12:00AM
Phantom menace
Lost and desperate in Monte Carlo