Monique Schwarz has been involved with film
since the Melbourne Film Co-Op days. She has tried to broaden
conventional documentary form without losing its real-worldly
immediacy and accessibility. As a filmmaker, her sense of color,
rhythm and movement gives the dramatic recreations and montages
of archival footage a welcome poetic touch...Ultimately, Schwarz'
exploration of the personal documentary film fits well with her
ongoing investigation of Jewishness. Her films have long given
expression to a modern idea of Jewish identity: pleasurably adrift
in a materialistic world, but also longing to make some connection
with the past and its traditions. The essay-film turns out to
be the perfect medium for this tentative and fragmented quest.
Martin, October 2001 (see Bibliography for details)
Writer, Producer, Director
At Seventeen A Beauty Queen (1980, 10 mins, B&W &
Color 16mm, documentary)
(1988, 45 mins, B&W 16mm, documentary)
(1988, 80 mins, B&W and Color 16mm, drama)
Familie Braun (1990, 30 mins, B&W and Color 16mm, documentary)
Education And Abortion (1990, 20 mins, B&W video, documentary,
Between (1992, 60 mins, B&W and Color 16mm, documentary)
Herbs and Honey (1996, 70 mins, B&W and Color 16mm, documentary)
The Jewish Mother in Cinema (2001, 73 mins, B&W and Color
Forgotten Children (2011, 60 mins, digital video, documentary,
Australia and Israel)
The story of a group of Israeli teachers from the Hebrew University Jerusalem, taking a English language learning program called Yachad to the Aboriginal communities in the center of Australia. The program was initiated by Professor Marcia Langham.
Tree of Life - Refections on Torah and Environment (2012, 30 mins, digital video, documentary,
Tree of Life reflects on the Torah, the Bible, and the actions that it commands humans to take in order to care for the environment. Made under the auspices of the Society for the Protection of Nature Israel.
Beyond Paranoia (2014, in post production, digital video, documentary,
Israel, USA and Australia)
Thoughts on the New Anti-semitism.
Shoot Now Darling, Independent Women Filmmakers in Australia
eds. Freda Frieberg, Annette Blonski and Barbara Creed, Greenhouse
Independent Film Australian Film Commission, 1989.
Companion to International Film ed. Annette Kuhn with Susannah
Radstone, Virago Press, London 1990.
In Film an International Guide ed. Annette Kuhn with Susannah
Radstone, Fawcett Columbine N.Y. 1990.
In Film and Television Handbook, W.I.F.T. 1991.
Directors with Ethnic Backgrounds Australian Broadcasting
Film 1972-1992 ed. Scott Murray, Melbourne, Oxford University
Cinema ed. Scott Murray, Allen & Unwin, in association
with Australian Film Commission, 1994.
on the Small Screen 1970-1995: The complete guide to tele-features
and mini series ed Scott Murray, Oxford University Press,
by Freda Frieberg, Metro Magazine, M131-M132,
to a community" by Margaret Pomeranz, The Herald Sun,
Portrait of early Carlton" by Barbara Creed, The Age,
Herbs and Honey" by David Stratton, Variety, December
he thinks is funny" by Danny Katz, The Age, October
form suits Schwarz's portrait quest" by Adrian Martin, The
Age, October 11/2001.
The Jewish Mother in Cinema," by David Stratton, Variety,
October 15-21, 2001.
dearest" by Zelda Cawthorne, The Australian, November
one Ma is enough already" by Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning
Love" by Julie Szego, The Age, October 10th,
Monique Schwarz, February 2014
to Melbourne independent filmmakers index page