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

Nicolas Cage’s wildest film yet – cult director Sion Sono on Sundance debutant Prisoners of the Ghostland: ‘We made it as an action movie’

A renegade director, a no-holds-barred actor – Sion Sono on how he made the film Nicolas Cage says is his wildest yet, Prisoners of the Ghostland, which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival.

A renegade director, a no-holds-barred actor – Sion Sono on how he made the film Nicolas Cage says is his wildest yet, Prisoners of the Ghostland, which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival.

Nicolas Cage’s wildest film yet – cult director Sion Sono on Sundance debutant Prisoners of the Ghostland: ‘We made it as an action movie’
2 Feb 2021 - 6:18PM
Women journalists from India’s lowest caste who’ve found success in digital news profiled in stand-out Sundance Film Festival documentary

The story of three extraordinary young women journalists from India’s first all-women news agency is the subject of Writing with Fire, a stand-out at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The story of three extraordinary young women journalists from India’s first all-women news agency is the subject of Writing with Fire, a stand-out at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Women journalists from India’s lowest caste who’ve found success in digital news profiled in stand-out Sundance Film Festival documentary
30 Jan 2021 - 12:51AM
Chinese-American author Amy Tan on film of her life Unintended Memoir, and The Joy Luck Club movie sequel

The author talks about Jamie Redford’s documentary Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, her family’s history in China, and a movie sequel to The Joy Luck Club.

The author talks about Jamie Redford’s documentary Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, her family’s history in China, and a movie sequel to The Joy Luck Club.

Chinese-American author Amy Tan on film of her life  Unintended Memoir, and The Joy Luck Club movie sequel
27 Jan 2021 - 6:23AM
Who will be the next James Bond? Eight candidates for 007 after No Time to Die

Daniel Craig leaves big shoes to fill after five outings as the suave British spy. Helen Barlow weighs up the candidates to succeed the 52-year-old – the best Bond since the original, Sean Connery.

Daniel Craig leaves big shoes to fill after five outings as the suave British spy. Helen Barlow weighs up the candidates to succeed the 52-year-old – the best Bond since the original, Sean Connery.

Who will be the next James Bond? Eight candidates for 007 after No Time to Die
12 Aug 2020 - 7:45PM
Netflix thriller Extraction star on how guns ‘feel part of me’, blowing Chris Hemsworth’s mind, and her itch to do comedy

Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani, who plays an arms dealer opposite Chris Hemsworth in Netflix film Extraction, feels strangely comfortable handling weapons.

Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani, who plays an arms dealer opposite Chris Hemsworth in Netflix film Extraction, feels strangely comfortable handling weapons.

Netflix thriller Extraction star on how guns ‘feel part of me’, blowing Chris Hemsworth’s mind, and her itch to do comedy
22 Apr 2020 - 5:03PM
Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada on working with Johnny Depp and teaching Japanese culture to Hollywood

Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has worked with Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman and Johnny Depp, he’s acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and he advises Hollywood on what it means to be Japanese.

Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has worked with Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman and Johnny Depp, he’s acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and he advises Hollywood on what it means to be Japanese.

Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada on working with Johnny Depp and teaching Japanese culture to Hollywood
27 Feb 2020 - 8:11PM
A whole picture of Bruce Lee the person: documentary Be Water’s director on martial arts superstar’s vulnerable side and his outsider status in US

People in Hong Kong thought Bruce Lee was this perfect example of masculinity and confidence, but in the US he felt like an outsider, says Bao Nguyen, director of Be Water, film that includes rare interview with fighter’s widow, Linda.

People in Hong Kong thought Bruce Lee was this perfect example of masculinity and confidence, but in the US he felt like an outsider, says Bao Nguyen, director of Be Water, film that includes rare interview with fighter’s widow, Linda.

A whole picture of Bruce Lee the person: documentary Be Water’s director on martial arts superstar’s vulnerable side and his outsider status in US
9 Jun 2020 - 11:56AM
Sundance Film Festival: Steven Yeun on immigrant story Minari, the brilliance of Parasite’s Bong Joon-ho, and his lucky career

Korean-American who was Glenn Rhee in Walking Dead says Minari, story of a Korean immigrant family entered in Sundance festival, ‘spoke to me on a deeply human level’; Yeun is also rooting for Paradise at the Oscars.

Korean-American who was Glenn Rhee in Walking Dead says Minari, story of a Korean immigrant family entered in Sundance festival, ‘spoke to me on a deeply human level’; Yeun is also rooting for Paradise at the Oscars.

Sundance Film Festival: Steven Yeun on immigrant story Minari, the brilliance of Parasite’s Bong Joon-ho, and his lucky career
30 Jan 2020 - 10:28PM
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra on her marriage to Nick Jonas, 20 years of making movies and being honoured at Marrakech Film Festival

The Indian actress, who was honoured at the recent Marrakech Film Festival and named this year’s recipient of Unicef’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award, says she was shocked at the attention her wedding to pop star Nick Jonas got.

The Indian actress, who was honoured at the recent Marrakech Film Festival and named this year’s recipient of Unicef’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award, says she was shocked at the attention her wedding to pop star Nick Jonas got.

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra on her marriage to Nick Jonas, 20 years of making movies and being honoured at Marrakech Film Festival
12 Dec 2019 - 6:52PM
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.

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
24 Oct 2019 - 10:16AM
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.

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
22 Oct 2019 - 4:36AM
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.

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
18 Sep 2019 - 8:22PM
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.

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
11 Jul 2019 - 12:31PM
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.

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
19 Sep 2018 - 5:42PM
‘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

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
29 Aug 2018 - 7:46PM
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

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
29 Nov 2017 - 7:21PM
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

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
22 Nov 2017 - 3:03PM
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

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
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
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

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
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
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

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
28 Nov 2017 - 11:36AM
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

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
18 Aug 2017 - 1:07PM
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

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
4 Jan 2017 - 6:37PM
‘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

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
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
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

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
5 Feb 2016 - 12:07PM
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

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
4 Sep 2015 - 7:00PM
Ning Hao's comedy takes two buddies across changing mainland
20 Oct 2014 - 10:45AM
Postcard from Toronto
21 Sep 2014 - 11:07AM
Postcard: Sydney
10 Aug 2014 - 12:46PM
Postcard: Auckland
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Postcard: Sydney
22 Jun 2014 - 12:18PM