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WINTER II (the sequel)

Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2008 by Dean Mc

2008 Winter Spring Season

8.00pm Every Friday Night

@ 127 Campbell St

note: most previews of foreign films are without english subtitles

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July 11th

Teorema (Theorem)– Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italy 1968 94m)

A news report announces the passing of a factory into the hands of its workers as its owner wanders into the desert. Flash-back… A mysterious visitor (Terence Stamp) appears at a rich industrialists family reunion. As if by unseen power he embeds himself in the house and proceeds to make love to, and unfurl the repressed souls of all within its walls. A story of sex, angelic possession and madness… Pasolini’s most enigmatic film, attempts to merge his revolutionary, sexual and religious tensions and beliefs into a whole, as if it were an argument, a game… a theorem…

July 18th

The Yakuza Papers– Kinji Fukusaku (Japan 1972 99m)

Beginning in Hiroshima, in the aftermath of the Bomb amidst the anarchy of Japans painful rebirth. An ex soldier falls in with a Yakuza Family out of desperation. Keenly observant of a presumed code of honour, he is quickly taken advantage of by his unscrupulous colleagues. Fukusaku broke with the type of sycophantic glory that films of the day awarded the Yakuza. Instead he chose to portray the sleaze and betrayal within its ranks. Tightly structured, brilliantly filmed, rocking soundtrack, and oozing with tension and violence, Yakuza Papers (Battles without Honour or Humanity) is a giant within the Yakuza film genre.

July 25

Third Part of the Night Andrzej Zulawski (Poland 1972 105m)

Set amidst the harrowing Nazi occupation of Warsaw. Michal, a young man having witnessed the senseless killing of his entire family joins the underground. Through a cruel twist he finds himself enmeshed with a woman who is a doppelganger of his murdered wife. Like other fugitives he is sheltered and protected by a medical research facility experimenting with human lice-borne disease as both test subject and researcher. Based on his Fathers own stories of the Polish Resistance, Images of parasitism and arbitrary violence mix into a nightmare logic; assisted more than adequately with arresting performance and sheer visual artistry from this unsung maverick of Polish cinema.

August 1

Ciao Manhattan – John Palmer and David Weisman (USA 1972 84m)

A brilliant and lucid confessional of the rise and fall of Edie Sedgwick, Warhols most notable “superstar”. “Ciao Manhattan” is perhaps the most curious biopics ever produced. A strange treatment of Edies tortured “poor little rich girl” tale that started as a document, became a fictional work and then somehow became real again. Intimate, honest, and truly affectionate despite the unflinching focus on her decadence. Great scenes in the so called health spa of Dr Robert, the reputed “Dr Feelgood”, the real-life amphetamine dispenser to the stars. ”Ciao Manhattan” is both an illuminating light into the speed-fueled Dream machine of 60’s NYC scene, and the beauty, damage, and depth of Sedgewick after the parade had passed. Forget that revolting piece of unrelenting bullshit “Factory Girl”, see the real deal.

August 8

Wake in Fright – Ted Kotcheff (Australia 1971 109m)

This critically revered, yet rarely seen or enjoyed moment in Australian film history is based on the novel by Kenneth Cook, and stars Chips Rafferty, Jack Thompson and Donald Pleasence. It is best described as a gothic tale of booze, sun and masculinity. Gary Bond plays John Grant a Sydney schoolteacher submitting to a mandatory stint of rural service. In the spirit of Australian manhood and mateship he sinks deeper into a knuckle-headed world of beer-swilling and kangaroo killing. “Wake in Fright” cut far too deep to be enjoyed much in Australia but just like “Wolf Creek” in more recent years, it provided overseas audiences with pleasurably barbaric views of the Australian Outback. This film is very hard to find!!!! Dont miss

August 15

La Cabina – Antonio Mercero (Spain 1972 34m)

A man finds himself trapped in a telephone booth, though people try, they cannot free him. After a series desperate measures he is eventually carted off to an unknown destination. A Kafkaesque and cloying type of horror, made effective due to its arbitrary and absurd premise

Pure Shit – Bert Deling (Australia 1975 83min)

A crowning example of Melbourne 1970’s underground film-making that chronicles 24 hours in the life of a group of junkies trying to find good quality heroin. From parties to kitchens to drug stores to the streets of St Kilda, Fitzroy and Footscray. Pure Shit says as much about the sexual politics and crudity of Melbourne’s drug subcultural life as it does the vacuousness of addiction and government policy in regards to it. Delings’ film was hilariously dubbed “the most evil film in the world” by some dumb critic in the Herald Sun which also indicates another form of backwardness. Don’t take it from him though… see for yourself

August 22

The Last Wave – Peter Weir (Australia 1977 106m)

Weirs follow up to “Picnic at Hanging Rock” finds another, more esoteric angle on White alienation in the Australian landscape. Freak weather patterns and Aboriginal mysticism, set the scene of this very unusual and timely piece of Australiana. Richard Chamberlain plays a Sydney Lawyer asked to defend a group a Aboriginal men indicted for the murder of a compatriot and transgressor. He uncovers a web of magic and etheric power announcing a cycle of watery destruction. Naive and brave in it’s attempt to map out Anglo Aboriginal conflict from a more metaphysical perpective, its fallacies are (in my humble opinion) eclipsed by its integrity. Impressive and imaginative usage of metaphor in dream sequences and great sound design, make this often ignored anomaly in Peter Weirs career definately worth watching.

August 29

Salut du Cubains – Agnes Varda (France 1963 30m)

A salute to the people of Cuba in black and white photography and film footage, woven with great love and gusto with the words of Agnes Varda, Celebrating the sassy and sexy soul of Cuban women and men, music, dancing and style as much as its revolutionary acheivments, Varda with the assistance of a team of other Parisian film-makers give us a glimpse into the optimistic spirit of a young island state then subject to much American aggression.

Vagabond – Agnes Varda (France 1985 105m)

Without adornment, or stylization “The Vagabond” opens with the death of a female drifter. Through a sequence of recollections from friends, lovers and complete outsiders a picture is formed of our response to those who chose to live outside of social obligations. Neither moralising or glorifying the choices made by our protagonist, Varda makes her point about the discomfort caused by those who spiral out of control amongst those close to them. An amazing talent for for telling human stories without the typical cliches, Vagabond is considered the heights of her work

September 5

Fantomas contres Juves – Louis Fueillade (France 1913 60m)

Louis Fueillade, the early silent film-maker made crime films that were truly innovative and equally transgressive. Second in a series of highly popular films depicting the murderous and creepy figure of Fantomas, based on the equally popular pulp novels of the early 1900’s. Fantomas is the face of a willful evil that finds much fascination in French culture at the turn of the century, Like the writings of Marquis De Sade, or Lautremont. Fueillades’ Fantomas films and his “Les Vampires” series were inspiration to the Surrealists and became a popular “cult” in Europe and Latin America.

Fantomas – Louis de Funes (France 1964 97m)

Fantomas leaves the jaundiced world of the absinthe sipping “fin-de-ciecle” and instead takes a leaf from James Bond in a swinging sixties B-Grade treatment of the Fantomas charachter. Jean Marais, toy-boy of Jean Cocteau and aging French sex-symbol plays both hero and villian in the first of a series of campy and frothy treatments of the highly subversive character created by Fueillade. Certainly not a great work of film art it IS however a great exercise in syle, and it is clearly this film that served as a cue for Mario Bava’s Diabolik (refer to

September 12

Schastye (Happiness) – Alexandr Medvedkin (Russia 1935 94m)

One of the three film makers who commanded the famed “Agit-prop” trains in the early days of the Bolshevik Revolution. Happiness details the misfortunes of a poor Peasant named “Loser” trying to “get ahead” and survive the caprices of landlords and bureaucrats in the backwards world of rural west Russia. Slapstick and biting satire on par with Chaplin’s “Modern Times”. Dealing cheekily with the common persons fantasy of wealth, and on the problems of institutional and individual power without submitting to propagandist cliche or rhetoric. Happiness is a window into the heart of an artist who deeply cared about the fate of ordinary people. It is no surprise that this films irreverence fell foul of Stalin and his apparatchiks. Medvedkin was prevented from making another film until he capitulated to making rousing musicals about combine harvesters and the people who drive them.

Preceded by an interview with Medvekin from ”The Train rolls on” by Chris Marker and the SLON collective (France 1971 12m)

September 19

Le Corbeau – Henri Georges Clouzot (France 1943 91m)

(Replacing Maurice Tourneurs “La Main du Diable” which is sadly unavailable in a subtitled version)

“Le Corbeau” is a highly controversial film, that both details the escalation of rumour-milling, betrayal and hysteria, and was itself the subject of vilification and recrimination.. A small town is pulled to pieces when a series of letters are circulated and signed by a shady figure named “Le Corbeau” (the Raven) implicating its more prominent members in terrible scandal. Made during the Nazi Occupation for an independant German owned studio, “Le Corbeau” was denounced as Anti-French by both poles of the politcal spectrum as well as the Catholic church (for allegedly being soft on abortion) and was promptly banned after liberation. Clouzot also was barred from making films for years and this film only resurfaced in the late 60’s. It is clear to see that the real problem presented by this gritty Gallic “Noir” was that it highlighted the political opportunism, and the betrayals of thousands by informants during the Vichy era… Picking open unmentionable scabs whilst the Republic was desperately trying to raise it’s wounded pride.

September 26

Gold Diggers of 1933 – Mervyn LeRoy (USA 1933 97m)

First of the three films Mervyn Le Roy made with Busby Berkely and the first of a series of “Gold Diggers” films exploring the desperate world of showbiz and specifically the lives of Showgirls during the heights of the Great Depression. These sassy, wise cracking dames, completely at ease with their sexualities, provide an interesting glimpse into the innocent and sexy world of pop culture of the time. A time before the Catholic “League of Decency” made moves to clean up Hollywood, songs like “Pettin in the Park” are saucy even by todays standards. Apart from the unforgettable choreography and squadrons of neon-violin wielding femmes. Whilst the public craved an escape from their everyday lives, “Gold Diggers of 33” broke the mould with what social issues it managed to incorporate into its plot. The film ends notably with a sobering and heart wrenching paeon to those broken ex-service men on the breadlines of America.

October 3

O No Coronado! – Craig Baldwin (USA 1992 40m)

Craig Baldwins’ least known work is an exploration of the conquering of America by the brutal forces of the Spanish Inquisition. It details the infamous exploits of the psychotic Conquistador, Coronado and his hunt for a mythical city of gold in North AmericaUsing his trademark style of blending found footage, live action and poetic narrative, he explores the underlying machinations of colonial power and the decimation of one civilization by another from the 16th Century through to the modern day.

Story Without End / We Programme Life – People Like Us (UK 2005 20m)

People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) is a maestro of audio montage and pop music mash up, a Star DJ on the famed WFMU radio and inheritor of a line of British humour that traces its lineage from Spike Milligan and Monty Python as well as Neo-Dada sound artists like Nurse with Wound. These films are largely culled from the wonderful Prelinger Archives video databank ( and made into a kitsch and perverse video mixage of radiant 1950’s America’.

The Voice – Johan Soderberg (Sweden 2004 28m)

Neo conservatives and Islamic fundamentalists eventually wake up to the notion that they have too much in common to be at war with each other. Instead they join forces againt the godless, the homosexual and the other undesirable elements to create a new North/South divide. Soderberg is an angry young media artist who lives with one foot squarely placed in the language of MTV and the other in the radical tradition.

October 10

Ilhas das Flores (Isle of Flowers) – Jorge Furtado (Brazil 1989 12m)

A deeply ironic exploration of the human race through the economic life-cycle of a common tomato. The film employs a unique usage of scientific relativism and educational film style to show the disgraceful state of the poor in Brazil and to illustrate the primordial dynamics of what we now fondly refer to as globalization.

Pixote – Hector Babenco (Brazil 1973 130m)

Few words sum up the intensity and purity of Pixote. Performed by a cast of real street children, namely the lead performer Fernando Ramos Da Silva who eventually was killed by police gunfire. Pixote (Portugese for Urchin) is a story of social refuse, intimately bonded against the hostile forces of Sao Paolo’s ghetto’s and endless sexual predation that encroach them from all sides. Whilst things are not quite as bad in Brazil since the fall of the Junta, Pixote is a reminder of an era of terrible hardship, and reminds us of the wider realities of stolen childhood in the poorer nations of the world. Those who were impressed by “City of God” would be foolish to not catch this landmark film.



Posted in EVENTS with tags , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2008 by Dean Mc

18th January – 21st March

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18th January

Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens – Mayles Brothers / 1972 100 min

In the shadow of Camelot stands the Grey Gardens. Inside this overgrown estate in East Hampton, Long Island, mother and daughter “Big” and “Little” Edie Bouvier Beale are caught in a time tunnel of regret and fantasy. Their once beautiful 28 room shingle mansion declined to such a state that after a National Enquirer story the Health Department threatened its closure. Close cousins Jaqueline Onassis Kennedy and her sister Lee Radizwell intervened, had it cleaned and saved the day. In the wake of this, Albert and David Mayles spent most of a year, assisting and documenting the fabric of these two women’s lives, amidst defecating cats and fleas. At once tragic and full of wit and spirit, Grey Gardens is a rare film portrait, a snapshot of the faded halcyon of fallen aristocrats, those rare types that even decay with a sense of style.

25th January


Bigger than Life – Nicholas Ray / 1956 95min

James Mason stars as Ed Avery, family man and school teacher, self-bound to the task of providing his family with a suburban lifestyle he cannot afford. Secretly taking a second job to make ends meet Ed precipitates a rare and potentially fatal coronary disease that strikes him down. The experimental steroid Cortisone that is used to save him becomes the vessel for a dark journey into the heart of 1950’s America. Hysterically terrified of death, Ed binges on the substance till he becomes addled with a psychopathic rage causing him to terrorise his family. Ray’s searing critique of the nuclear family, patriarchy and materialism passed cleverly under the censor’s radar due to such devices as its “drug-message” and it’s seemingly saccharine ending.

1st February

Experimental Music Documentaries

Two BBC Four documentaries exploring the life works of composers who have helped re-invent music in the 20th century.


The Outsider / 2007 60min

Harry Partch was a celebrated young American composer whose mission was to bury classical musical conventions such as notation, scales, and even its instruments. He constructed his very own orchestra replete with instruments with which to pursue his unique micro-tonal composition. Partch’s career was railroaded by the Depression, when he became a Hobo drifting the continent for 10 years and only returning to his work in the 40’s.


Alchemists of Sound / 2007 – 60min

Dick Mills, Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson were amongst numerous sonic experimenters, composers and engineers who worked at the BBC Radiophonics Workshop from 1958 til 1995. Hand-crafting sounds for such films, television and radio shows as “Quatermass”, “Doctor Who”, “The Goon Show”, “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” and “Blake 7”. In the process they contributed immeasurably to the development of electronic and electro-acoustic sound.

8th February


Danger Diabolik – Mario Bava / 1968 99min

An adaptation of the popular Italian comic book “Diabolik” which details the exploits of a master criminal who plunders both government and organised crime syndicates alike. John Philip Law, who played the blind angel in Roger Vadims’ “Barbarella”, sheds his wings and slips effortlessly into the black rubber and leather skin of an erotic demon. A superior comic book adaptation than “Barbarella”, Bava eschewed excessive dialogue and kept to the style of the graphic novel. Like Louis Feulliades “Fantomas” films which inspired the original comic-book character, Danger Diabolik gleefully revels in the pleasure of crime and destruction without any recourse to moralism.

15th Feb


Kurotokage 黒蜥蝪 (Black Lizard) – Kinji Fukasaku / 1968 88min

Screen-written by Yukio Mishima and directed by the man who brought us “Battle Royale”, “Kurototage” features transvestite actor Akihiro Maruyama (now a voice behind Hayao Miyazaki’s animations) and music by Isao Tomita. “Kurotokage” parallels the same impious spirit and excess as “Danger Diabolik”, and was released the same year. The Black Lizard is a female arch fiend who has set her eyes on the great jewel the “Star of Egypt” and kidnaps the daughter of its owner. Tormented by her own fading beauty, she is obsessed with the eternal beauty of her shimmering prize. A cat and mouse game between the Black Lizard and the detective hired to save both daughter and diamond evolves into a type of seduction culminating in increasingly bizarre scenarios. The Black Lizard turns those whom she seduces into preserved artefacts that she can enjoy forever…

22nd February


Boom! – Joseph Losey / 1968 110min

Joseph Losey was blacklisted by McCarthy’s HUAC for communist leanings and relocated to Britain, using pseudonyms to release films in his native country. His work ranged from the acclaimed “The Servant” through to the maligned “Modesty Blaise”. “Boom!” (aptly named after the crashing of waves on rocks) is perhaps the greatest blooper of his career, but that doesn’t stop it from being a foray into absolute excess. This insane rendition of “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” by Tennessee Williams features Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Noel Coward as “the witch of Capri”. A fashion designers dream (or nightmare) and a cloying portrayal of wealth and evil. Outrageously pretentious, overblown and over-dressed, this film is considered one of the greatest flops of the 1960’s, earning back a fifth of the money spent on it and becoming almost completely buried. “Boom!” was performed by a cast of drunkards, which only partially explains its particular qualities. John Waters has extolled it as his biggest inspiration, and continues to tour with it right across the world. (See him lecture about it in the video below).

29th February

Animationfest – Best of Looney Toons 120min

Brian May (AKA DJ Delay of “Balkan Beasts”) purveyor of “Loony Toons” an ongoing mix-up of animation and music brings a selection of his favourite animations from his personal collection, this time in their entire original sonic glory.

Run Wrake – Idol (2005)
Sun Ra & Dumbo – Pink Elephants
Visions Of Frank – (Taruto Fuyama)
Konstantin Bronzit (2003) – The God
Ishu Patel (1977) – The Bead Game.
Fallen Art (Tomek Baginsky) 2004
Osvaldo Cavandoli – la linea (episode 120 & 110)
The Fly (oscar winner 1980)
Bill Plympton – 25 ways to quit smoking (1995).
Don Hertzfeldt – rejected

March 7th


Brothers Quay Retrospective / 80min

Twin brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay have a keen eye for crumbling Victoriana, subtle emotional energies and a direct connection with the power of substances and objects. Their dream-like stop-motion films take a leaf from Czech and Polish animators such as Jan Svankmajer and Jan Lenica but take it to a more fetishistic and nightmarish level. This is a selection of films spanning their pure animation career before they embarked on producing drama features “Institute Benjamenta” and “Piano Tuner of Earthquakes”…

Nocturna Artificialia 1979 (21min)
Street of Crocodiles 1986 (20min)
Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer 1984 (14min)
Stille Nacht I / Dramolet 1988 (2min)
Anamorphosis 1991 (14min)
Stille Nacht III / Tales from the Vienna Woods 1992 (4min)

Video Clips for “His Name is Alive”
“Cant go Wrong Without You / Stille Nacht IV” and “Are we still married?”

March 14th


The Saddest Music in the World – Guy Maddin / 2006 96min

Winnipeg, Canada, during the heights of the great depression is dubbed the most depressed city in the world. A beer baroness embittered by the loss of her two legs and the cruel machinations of love is the richest woman of the city. In order to increase sales she embarks on a giant promotional campaign, to invite musicians from all over the world to compete for the title of the “saddest music”. Maddins films are like entering into an imagined past of cinematic melodrama, Frank Capra meets Arnold Fanck meets the Kuchar Brothers. Ridiculous, imaginative and unique….

21st March

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Love and Anarchy- Lina Wertmuller / 1973 120min

Operatic, melancholic and warm spirited treatment of the ugly Fascist era of pre-war Italy. Turin a young peasant has taken on the task of assassinating Mussolini on behalf of Anarchist insurgents, and to avenge the murder of his father. He is deployed to take cover in a brothel under the wing of anarchist sympathising prostitute Salome until his opportunity has arrived. Racked equally by a lust for vengeance and fear of his inevitable death, Turin also realises that he has barely lived as he falls in love with a young prostitute. Wertmuller explores the painful territory where revolutionary ideals are eclipsed by totalitarian force, and attempts to express an emotionally feminine perspective on such loss.


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