All posts tagged: movies

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 …

Food Truck Festival at Coburg Drive-In

For a city madly in love with all things retro, plus all things food (particularly, for the moment at least, if said food is made in a truck), the Coburg Drive-In’s monthly Food Truck Festival is going down a treat. Many Melburnians have never heard of the drive-in cinema in Coburg, let alone seen a movie there. Now, not only can you rock up with car-load of friends to see new-release films like in the good old days, but once a month you can munch on some tasty food truck grub as you watch. This month, the Food Truck Fest happens Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 November, with eight different trucks in attendance on both nights. Click here to check out the truck selection and flicks showing this week. Movie tickets cost $17.50 for an adult, $14 for concessions and $40 for a car load (five people max). Food Truck Festival Dates: Monthly (check website to confirm dates) Time: from 6pm Damage: $17.50 full / $14 conc. / $40 car (five people)

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  

at the movies

    Aah, Margaret and David. For many Australian film lovers, these two little names carry a whole lot of weight. They conjure up memories of heated debates, squealing laughter, a delicious clash of personalities. They speak of a decades-long professional relationship between two of Australia’s most respected film critics, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton — that fantastically idiosyncratic pair who currently preside over the TV show ‘At the Movies‘ on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation channel). I can’t remember a time before Margaret and David. The first incarnation of ‘At the Movies’ was an SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) program called ‘The Movie Show’, which the duo founded back in 1986. In 2004, they decided to move to the ABC, where their show was given a slight facelift, although the format has remained essentially the same: Each week Margaret and David review upcoming film releases, occasionally including interviews with filmmakers and actors. These days, they also review one classic film every week — a great addition for anyone interested in the history and evolution of film. …

Introducing Andrew O’Keefe

    Who are you? A dad. A Melburnian. A filmmaker. A writer. A lecturer. A Pisces. A  dreamer.  In that order. How long have you lived in Melbourne? About 25 years, on and off. Why Melbourne? Before it became the AFL, it was the VFL and I loved the footy as a kid. As I got older, I looked for all the reasons I could to NOT live in Melbourne, so tried a few other cities – interstate and overseas – but here I am. Now, though, the real question is ‘Why not Melbourne?’ It’s consistently one of the world’s most liveable cities for a very good reason. For someone like me, being into the arts, food, wine etc, it’s the centre of the world. Favourite cafe? I don’t really have one. In Melbourne, you don’t need to have one – there’re so many good ones. If I had to name one it would be Palamino’s in Northcote. No, make that TiAmo on Lygon St. Actually – Pelligrini’s on Bourke St. Oh, I don’t know. …