Month: July 2013

event: long, clear view — tim winton’s the turning

    Recently I mentioned that the new Australian adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel The Turning would be showing at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. Well, here’s another event for all you film buffs and literature lovers out there. MIFF is partnering with The Wheeler Centre to host a panel discussion with author Tim Winton plus 13 of the film’s 17 directors: Robert Connolly, Mia Wasikowska, Warwick Thornton, Shaun Gladwell, Tony Ayres, Rhys Graham, Jub Clerc, Ashlee Page, Simon Stone, Jonathan auf der Heide, Marieka Walsh, Claire McCarthy and Ian Meadows. The discussion will be moderated by journalist Sandy George. The event will be held in the wonderful Forum Theatre and all tickets for this hour-and-a-half session are $25. Book quickly because this event will probably sell out fast.   Long, clear view: Tim Winton’s The Turning Date: 4 August 2013 Time: 1.30pm–3pm Venue: Forum Theatre, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne Damage: $25   Advertisements

event: MIFF 2013

    Cinephiles should be well aware that the Melbourne International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, but here’s a quick heads up for the rest of you. Over 300 films will play over the 17-day festival, including new Australian releases. One that I’m particularly curious to see is the new film adaptation of Australian author Tim Winton’s short story anthology The Turning (watch the official teaser above). The 17 stories are steered by 17 different directors, including Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah) and Robert Connolly (Balibo), with directorial debuts from actors Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Mia Wasikowska. The impressive cast includes Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne and Miranda Otto. The program also includes a collection of rarely seen films from North Korea, new Arabic films and a series of new wave independent films from the USA. You can peruse the 2013 MIFF program here and book tickets here. The festival ends on 11 August.   Melbourne International Film Festival Date: 25 July — 11 August 2013 Venues: see below

event: open house melbourne 2013

    Cancel those weekend plans, folks, and invest in a pair of walking shoes because Open House Melbourne 2013 is almost here. This is one of my favourite events of the year. Started in 2008, this free event sees some of Melbourne’s most significant buildings open their doors to the public for one wintry weekend. Wander through theatres, libraries, galleries, universities, churches, synagogues, museums, schools, offices, hospitals and some of the city’s most interesting residential houses — plus many more. For me, at least, Open House is the perfect excuse to indulge that childhood urge to peek behind closed doors and climb forbidden staircases. For two short days of the year, the locks fall away and Melburnians are free to explore the nooks and crannies of their city. This year, 111 buildings will participate in Open House. Unfortunately, ten of the buildings can only be visited with a ticket obtained via a ballot, and the ballot has now closed — but 101 buildings should be more than enough to satisfy even the most enthusiastic …