when the camera stopped rolling

CQ Premiere with Filmmaker Q&A

A daughter turns her camera onto the life of her trailblazing filmmaker mother to find troubling shadows behind their stunning images.

"Phenomenal, magnificent “and devastatingly beautiful" Mitzi Goldman Documentary Australia Foundation

"An affecting, timely and emotionally connecting film", Vivia Hickman Sydney Festival

The daughter of trailblazing Australian filmmaker, Lilias Fraser, tells the epic tale of her mother’s extraordinary life, her career and their challenging relationship. Driven by the need to understand and heal from their shared trauma, director / cinematographer Jane Castle digs deep using the rich textures of a stunning, unseen part of Australia’s cinematic history. Tenacious, enthusiastic and ambitious, Lilias overcame huge systemic and personal obstacles to make over 40 films in her lifetime. But her success came at a cost – the early trauma that drove her also saw her unravel over time. Trapped in a destructive marriage, then battling alcoholism and single parenthood, Lilias’s trademark determination was pushed to its limits. Deeply moving and searingly honest, When the Camera Stopped Rolling reveals both the light and dark of this proto-feminist icon and unique mother-daughter team. The triumphs and turbulence of their careers and their relationship are captured with clarity and compassion, set against a rich tapestry of stunning visuals and sound.

15th January, 2022

2:00PM – 4:00PM

Yeppoon Town Hall

25 Normanby St, Yeppoon

Adults: $22

Concession: $11

Children (Under 12): $11






Documentary, Biography


 75 minutes


Pat Fisk



Jane Castle


Jane Castle


Spotlight Documentary Awards

Sebastopol Doco Film Festival

De Films de Femmes De Creteil

Brisbane Int Film Festival