All posts tagged: cinema

‘Tanna’ film screening plus Q&A

It’s always nice to be able to get behind new Australian films, and this one sounds as though it may be really worth the effort. The Melbourne premiere of ‘Tanna’, the first feature film to be shot entirely in Vanuatu, will be held next Tuesday 20 October at Cinema Nova in Lygon Street. The event will include a post-screening Q&A with the directors Bentley Dean and Martin Butler and cultural director Jimmy Joseph Nako, plus a special Yakel dance performance by the cast, who are largely non-professional actors from local communities. ‘Tanna’ won the International Critics’ Week Audience Award for best film, and also scooped the critics prize for cinematography at the Venice Film Festival. Based on a true story, the film tells the story of forbidden love and tribal warfare on the tiny island of Tanna. Here’s the trailer: If you can’t make it to the premiere, keep your eyes peeled for screenings at Melbourne’s independent cinemas where it’s bound to make the rounds. ‘Tanna’ film screening plus Q&A Date: 20 October 2015 Time: …

Amnesty International free film screening

On July 23, Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network will host a free film screening event of the documentary ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’. This 52-minute doco explores the circumstances and reasons that many asylum seekers make the choice to step onto boats and make the dangerous journey to Australia. The filmmakers, Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi, met with 250 asylum seekers in gaols, detention centres and hostels across Indonesia to discover what drives refugees to become ‘boat people’. The refugee issue continues to be a controversial and desperately misunderstood subject in Australia, as it is in many other parts of the world. No matter your personal opinion on this issue, this event is sure to be thought-provoking. Catering will be provided by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Book your free tickets here.   AI film screening: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea   Date: 23 July Time: 7pm–9pm Venue: Hares and Hyenas Address: 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy Tel: 9412 0700

The Night Market Cinema

Everyone loves a good night market. The food, the bustle, the twinkly lights — it’s all pretty winning. Melbourne’s biggest and best-loved night markets happen every summer and winter at the Queen Victoria Market, with this year’s winter season kicking off on Wednesday 3 June. But this year, it gets better. The 2015 Winter Night Market has just become a little more exciting with the announcement of a new addition to the event: a screening of short films programmed by a new guest presenter every week. It’s always great to see local institutions supporting and celebrating local artists, and of course very cool to have a free weekly cinema event to hit up during the winter months. Check out the Night Market website for a run-down of upcoming screenings. So grab a noodle box, folks, and settle in for some short film fun every Wednesday night for the next couple months.   The Night Market Cinema   Dates: Every Wednesday, 3 June — 26 August 2015 Time: 5pm–10pm Venue: Queen Victoria Night Market, Melbourne CBD

Fred Schepisi in conversation at ACMI

There’s only a small handful of internationally successful Australian film directors around — a very small handful — and they tend to keep out of the spotlight, so having the chance to hear one of these elusive characters speak publicly is pretty exciting. Particularly if said director has a career spanning 40 years and has worked with the likes of Meryl Streep, Paul Newman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Caine, Juliette Binoche, John Cleese and Helen Mirren — to name a few. Fred Schepisi’s best-known films include the Australian classic The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), Roxanne (1987), Evil Angels (1988, also released as A Cry in the Dark), Last Orders (2001), the mini-series Empire Falls (2005), and most recently Words and Pictures (2013). He’ll be speaking with producer Sue Maslin at ACMI this Friday as part of the free Friday on My Mind series. If you missed his 2013 talk, make sure you catch this one. Note the new FOMM time of 6pm.   Friday on My Mind: Fred Schepisi Date: 27 March …

Event: The Growing Food Project

Where does our food come from? This question is seldom asked in wealthy first-world societies, where food seems to originate — individually wrapped and pleasingly presented — on the supermarket shelf. The lack of basic knowledge about growing food must be one of the more significant tragedies of the modern age — one that has contributed to many of today’s health and environmental problems: food waste, poverty, obesity, even climate change. Melbourne artist, activist and nutritionist Rasha Tayeh is passionate about food. Her new short documentary, The Growing Food Project, looks at Melbourne’s expanding local food movements, which sees local communities coming together to create sustainable food systems. ‘The  Growing  Food  Project  is  an  attempt  to  allow further exploration of positive relationships with food, whilst documenting various stories of grassroots initiatives that search for meaning through food,’ Rasha explains. ‘There is a growing energy in Melbourne responding to food and sustainability issues. Local communities are teaming up to strengthen the way we produce and distribute local food. From community gardening to neighbourhood feasts, these community food projects improve …

Antenna Documentary Festival 2013

For the first time since its inception in Sydney three years ago, the Antenna Documentary Festival will this year come to Melbourne. The Melbourne tour will showcase twelve international feature-length documentaries, to be screened at ACMI in Federation Square from tomorrow (the 19th) until Monday. Among the collection are the critically well-received After Tiller by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, and Fire in the Blood by Dylan Mohan Gray (see the trailer below).     Tickets are $17 full / $15 concession, or you can buy a five- or three-session pass. Check the ACMI website for ticketing, times and booking info.   Antenna Documentary Festival 2013 Dates: 17–20 October 2013 Venue: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne Damage: $17 full / $15 concession / $14 ACMI members  

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  

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: fred schepisi in conversation

    Film lovers, you’re in for a treat. This week’s Friday on My Mind event at ACMI will feature multi-award-winning director Fred Schepisi in conversation with Sandra Sdraulig. Schepsisi’s credits include the iconic 1978 Australian feature The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, the 1987 comedy Roxanne starring Steve Martin, the 1988 drama Evil Angels (or A Cry in the Dark) starring Meryl Streep, the 2001 drama Last Orders starring Michael Caine and Helen Mirren, and the 2005 HBO miniseries Empire Falls starring Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt and Paul Newman. His latest film, Words and Pictures, stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche and is due for release in 2014. Free tickets to Friday on My Mind are released at 10am on the morning of the event. Places are limited and demand will be high for this particular session, so get in early.   Friday on My Mind: Fred Schepisi Date: 14 June 2013 Time: 5pm Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Melbourne Damage: free  

free event: ‘more than honey’ film screening

Multi-award-winning documentary More Than Honey will show on the big screen in Federation Square on Thursday 18 April. Directed by Markus Imhoof, the film looks into the plight of honey bees in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Boris Baer and his wife Dr Barbara Baer-Imhoof (who is also the director’s daughter), both from the University of Western Australia–based Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER). There will also be a short talk by Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi, founders of ‘Melbourne City Rooftop Honey’. More Than Honey Date: 18 April 2013 Time: 6pm–8pm Venue: Big screen, Federation Square, Melbourne Tel: 9864 8923