Cinema

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : YOUNG PICASSO

The latest fascinating film from the Exhibition on Screen team is THE YOUNG PICASSO .

YOUNG PICASSO looks at Picasso’s earlier years up until 1907, with the production of the revolutionary Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Picasso’s childhood , training and influences and how he eventually became one of the world’s most famous artists.

Various museums are visited – we briefly see assorted exhibition displays in Spain, France and MOMA in New York for example – as the camera pans around the room. Several museum directors, curators and other experts talk about Picasso’s life and analySe the numerous works and Picasso’s grandson Olivier Widmaier is featured. Where appropriate the film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : YOUNG PICASSO

PALACE TO PRESENT THE INAUGURAL 2019 MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL

Palace Cinemas will present the inaugural Palace Touring: 2019 Music Film Festival, featuring a kaleidoscopic series of master music feature films covering the past 40 years. 

Opening night (August 1) – THE DOORS: THE FINAL CUT, directed by Oliver Stone features in its Australian Premiere. This stunning 4K restoration is the King Kong of rock movies, portraying the psychedelic 60’s and the myth of The Doors’ iconic front-man Jim Morrison. 

The beat continues, with THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, a film delving into the iconic bands touring years in the mid 60’s, exploring their inner workings, to the development of their music and the eventual phenomenon that became Beatlemania. 

Continuing with the British theme, the movie CONTROL brings us a poignant, white and black biopic of Joy Divisions lan Curtis, whilst AMY (winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary) is a powerfully honest look at the twisted relationship between art and celebrity experienced by British star Amy Winehouse. 

The ball turns to disco, with the cultural phenomenon SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and moves to SUPERSONIC, a look at Britpop’s iconic band Oasis. A tribute to singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is also found in JONI 75: A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. 

The power of music is portrayed beautifully in GURRUMUL, a celebration of blind indigenous singer songwriter Yunupingu, who finds purpose and meaning through music inspired by his community in North East Arnhem Land. 

Other films on show will be rock-n-roll mockumentary THIS IS SPINAL TAP, plus 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH and THE LAST WALTZ. 

Hot off the heels of screenings at SXSW and Sydney Film Festival, the festival curtain is closed with THE CHILLS: THE TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY OF MARTIN PHILLIPPS. This brand-new music documentary is an honest and inspiring tribute to New Zealand music’s most genius and loved bands, as told through the eyes of their eccentric band leader. 

The inaugural Palace Music Film Festival will screen between Thursday August 1 and Wednesday August 14, 2019

Featured image- a still from Joni 75 : A Birthday Celebration. From left to right- Graham Nash, Charles Valentino, Joni Mitchell, Sauchuen, James Taylor

THE PUBLIC : A FILM BY EMILIO ESTEVEZ

Emilio Estevez’s film transports us into the world of a Cincinnatti public  library simply called The Public. The film builds slowly as we get to meet head librarian Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez),  librarian colleague Myra (Jena Malone) and  get to know some of the patrons who frequent the library regularly.

We see that there is a bit of tension, friendly enough though, between Stuart and Myra. We also notice that many of the regulars are scruffy and bedraggled looking. We see some of them using the bathroom to tidy themselves up a little and make themselves a bit respectable.

At this point, I am wondering where the film is going to go with its portrayal. What I do know is that  the world being portrayed feels very authentic to me. One group that public libraries attract is people from a low income with the free wi fi, the warm air conditioning, the comfortable seating, and the endless books,  magazines and cds to look at. Continue reading THE PUBLIC : A FILM BY EMILIO ESTEVEZ

LE PRELUDE – 10,000 MILES FROM PARIS (THE FILM)

LE PRELUDE – 10,000 MILES FROM PARIS (2018) – “Thousands have lived without love, not one without a drink”. Experience a clever “Truth or Dare” with “France versus Australia” and with the biggest alcohol hip flask on Planet Earth.

Directed by Kathleen O’Dwyer, beautifully scripted comedy and unexpected denouement, in a ten minute journey that tells the story behind each character in a carefully crafted paradigm, but actually gives nothing away until the end credit sequence. A little bit of crowdfunding and the producers offset, the full ninety minute version will be produced as quick as a flash, and will be on Australian cinema screens, Australian made with Australian landscapes, Australian cast and crew.          Continue reading LE PRELUDE – 10,000 MILES FROM PARIS (THE FILM)

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? THREE DOUBLE PASSES

In WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? Juliette Binoche plays Claire, a university lecturer and mother of two teenage boys, who is contending with the approach of middle age and remains stung by the betrayal of her ex-husband, who is building a new life with someone else. Claire has a new lover too, but is under no illusions as to his fidelity.

Out of a mix of petulance and curiosity, she impulsively creates a fake Facebook profile in which to keep an eye on him: she’s ‘Clara’, vivacious, blonde… and 24 years old. He doesn’t take the bait, but his close friend (François Civil) does, and their online connection soon becomes flirtatious. Titillated by the opportunity of being “young again”, Claire’s deceptions lead both of her identities into increasingly dangerous territory. Part psychological drama, part thriller, this remarkable film based on the novel by Camille Laurens explores contemporary issues with sensitivity and intelligence and shows Binoche at her best.

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?  is releasing in cinemas on Thursday 1st August.

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THE BEST OF ENEMIES @ DENDY NEWTOWN : FOUR DOUBLE PASSES

The Best of Enemies

THE BEST OF ENEMIES is the true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever. Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell star as Atwater and Ellis in this historical drama. The Best of Enemies releases exclusively to Dendy Newtown on July 25.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4807408/videoplayer/vi1569896985?ref_=tt_ov_vi

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THE KEEPER: KICKING GOALS FOR RECONCILIATION

“You can’t argue with the bereaved.” says a character in THE KEEPER, qualifying a reluctance to reconciliation and forgiveness.

Based on an incredible true story, THE KEEPER follows Bert Trautmann, a German prisoner of war incarcerated in England at the end of World War II whose exceptional skills on the soccer field get him noticed by Jack Friar, the manager of a local football team.

Impressed by Bert’s prowess as a goal-keeper, Jack gets him out of the prison camp to play for his team, giving him day work in his grocery shop. It is here that a love slowly blossoms between Jack’s daughter, Margaret, and Bert, despite local hostility that a Hun, recent enemy of the state, is allowed freedoms after the fire bombing of local towns.

In addition to the disapproval of his relationship, Bert’s subsequent signing by Manchester City brings passionate protests from the people of Manchester, a city that had been severely bombed in the War, increasing the volatility.

However, against these odds, Bert wins over even his harshest critics during the FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1956, securing victory and illustrating the great leveller winning is.

According to the film’s director, Marcus H. Rosenmüller, THE KEEPER is an obvious film in many ways- The former enemy becomes the hero of a nation: a unique sportsman exemplifies what sport can contribute to the reconciliation of hostile countries.

David Kross makes a compelling Bert Trautmann, blessed with archetypal Aryan good looks and agility, perfectly matched with Freya Mavor as the firecracker feisty Margaret, the grocer’s daughter who who gives him succour above and beyond soccer.

John Henshaw is terrific as Jack Friar, the local footy coach who sets the whole ball rolling kicking sure footed comedic and dramatic goals throughout.

Films fervent about reconciliation that embrace going forward – not forgetting but forgiving- are to be cherished. This one’s a keeper.

MYSTIFY : MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

I  want to see this film to find out more about Michael Hutchence. I know his music a little  from his time as frontman with INXS but very little about the man.

The film was written and directed by Richard Lowenstein who directed many of Hutchence’s music video. The movie has been well researched with plenty of use of video footage including home videos and concert footage as well as old  photos.

I’m glad I went. I got to know the man quite well.He had quite a remarkable journey for a boy whose school reports said that he could do better and that he was a dreamer He was a bit of a shy lad but that shyness soon left him when his career skyrocketed.

There was extensive concert footage which proved again what a charismatic performer he was. In a way he was kind  of  our version of Mick Jagger. Continue reading MYSTIFY : MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

THE PRADO MUSEUM : A COLLECTION OF WONDERS

The latest from the team that brought us Caravaggio: The Soul and The Blood and Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light is THE PRADO MUSEUM A COLLECTION OF WONDERS .

It is perhaps at times a bit overwhelming and excessively rich as we explore the history, building, and many famous works housed in the collection of the Prado Museum .

Dramatically narrated by Jeremy Irons we learn of the Museum’s two hundred year history and view some of its collection.There are interviews with curators and we see a little of the fascinating conservation and restoration work that is involved. Included are spectacular landscape shots and the interior and exterior of the building and how now the Museum is for The People bringing art to the masses, a living museum that moves and changes . Fascinating footage is included of a touring section of the Museum during the early 1930’s and how the Museum survived the Spanish Civil War and World War 11.

Six centuries of Spanish history are covered – we see various portraits and learn the history of its of kings and queens, from Ferdinand of Aragon’s marriage to Isabella of Castile – which marked the beginning of the great Spanish empire – and various later painters, artists, architects, collectors, curators, intellectuals and visitors.

A painting or other artwork can be analysed as colour, canvas ( or other media) , form and, matter, but it is also the story of men and women, both rich and poor, rulers and artists ,queens and palaces . Interviews include ,for example ,the director of the Prado, Miguel Falomir and Sir Norman Foster, the architect who worked alongside Carlos Rubio to carry out the restoration of the Salón de Reinos and its conversion into a museum.

The Prado was founded in 1819 – thanks to Ferdinand VII’s wife, Maria Isabella of Bragranza, and her love of art – and its collection has been further developed over the years thanks to the great foresight of rulers and art historians who selected works by the great masters from all over Europe. So viewers see how art is an international language with no real barriers .

There are over eight thousand works housed in the Prado’s extraordinary collection .The documentary concentrates particularly on the works by Goya ( eg his paintings The Third of May and The Fifth of May but also his nightmare paintings Los Caprichos and how this was social critique of the time ) and Velasquez ( eg :Las Meninas and his other incredible court portraits ) but also there are mentions of Lorca , Caravaggio, Dali,  Picasso,  Botticelli, Rubens , Bosch , Giordarno,  Guido Reni, Mantegna, Durer, Brueghel, de Zubaran ,Tintoretto, El Greco, Titian and and and … so many famous paintings! Not forgetting, to name but a few, the sculptures, glass work, tapestries, a special clock collection and a photographic collection and archive.

We see both long panning shots of various rooms of the Prado and some of the works are photographed in great close up and analysed by various experts and curators .There are also fiery sequences of Flamenco dance linked in with discussion about the Spanish soul and history and how this links in with the paintings; the contrast between body and soul, wealth , nobility and misery, The history of the female nude in particular is examined and how it is linked to ‘mythological ‘ paintings , and also the male nude and homo-eroticism . Another interesting issue raised is the lack of representation of female painters.

This was a fascinating look at the Prado’s collection. As Picasso said “ Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Running time 90 mins ( approx.) no interval

THE PRAO MUSEUM A COLLECTION OF WONDERS screens at selected arthouse cinemas from July 13 2019

http://www.sharmillfilms.com.au/allfilms/pradomuseum

EMILIO ESTEVEZ’S ‘THE PUBLIC’ : TEN DOUBLE PASSES

THE PUBLIC is a new drama, written by, directed by and starring Emilio Estevez. It’s a film with plenty of social relevance as  the spectre of homelessness and social disadvantage looms ever larger.

Also starring  Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling and Christian Slater, THE PUBLIC, takes place in downtown Cincinnati during a particularly bitter winter where an Arctic blast has made its way to the front doors of the Public Library – where most of the film’s action takes place.

The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalised, as well as the exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who have not infrequently built emotional connections with these regular patrons, along with a sense of obligation to care for them.  At odds with library officials as to how to handle the extreme weather the patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an ‘Occupy’ sit in.

What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgement by media who keep speculating about what’s really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles the incredibly challenging issues of homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

THE PUBLIC is due to release in cinemas on Thursday 1st August, 2019.

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THE KEEPER : THREE DOUBLE PASSES

Based on an incredible true story, Bert Trautmann joined the Wehrmacht as a paratrooper at the age of 17. After receiving five medals for bravery he was captured by the British towards the end of the War, arriving in north-west England as a prisoner. During this time, a local football manager noticed Bert’s exceptional talent as a soccer goalkeeper.

His subsequent signing by Man City brought passionate protests from the people of Manchester, a city that had been severely bombed in the War. However, against all odds he won over even his harshest critics during the FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1956. After an on-field accident, Bert broke his neck… and continued playing to secure victory.

THE KEEPER opens in cinemas on Thursday 25th July,

Sydney Arts Guide has 3 in season double passes to give away. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with THE KEEPER promotion in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email.