News: Kinema's December programme and AV UNION events.
Kinema.org.au will be hosting 3 film society screenings.
View the full programme here (http://kinema.org.au/programme/).
First up on Wednesday, December 5th, is Roman Polanski's feature debut Knife in the Water (1962). Knife in the Water is a tense chamber piece following the interactions between a husband, wife and hitchhiker. Regarded as one of the strongest directorial debuts, the film attracted considerable attention. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature, it was beaten only by Fellini's 8½.
Next we screen two classics from the early French New Wave, The 400 Blows (1959) & Breathless (1960). The international release of these two films, and their subsequent & unexpected success both financially and critically, was a watershed moment for the developing Nouvelle Vague. The greater attention and support of the nascent movement that would follow was instrumental in the further development of the New Wave.
The 400 Blows (Wed 12th Dec) is François Truffaut's semi-autobiographical film that observing the trials and tribulations of 12 year old Antoine Doinel, and his conflicts with the authorities at home, in schooling and the state institutions he becomes entangled in. While the english translation 400 Blows suggests a theme of corporal punishment, it is in fact a direct (and perhaps lacking) translation of the french faire les quatre cents coups, loosely meaning to raise hell or to live a wild life.
Breathless (Wed 19th Dec) is Jean-Luc Godards feature debut. Roger Ebert says of the film "Modern movies begin here, with Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" in 1960. No debut film since "Citizen Kane" in 1942 has been as influential." The loose narrative follows two young lovers, one an aspiring journalist, the other a car thief hoodlum on the lam after shooting a police officer. The character of Michel, the young hood, would create an archetype for the high-minded criminal, somewhat philosophical about their anti-social activities, yet romantically nihilistic.
AV Union Events Kinema screenings are not the only events taking place at the AV Union in December.
On Friday December 7th Drive West Today, Paul Heslin, Reuben Ingall & Transmissions play the Sydney leg of their central-east-coast tour at AV Union. The night will consist of four performances making various use of tapes, Nintendo gloves, custom written code, VHS, laptop elements and found video processing. All this for $5 at the door is a bargain. EVENT (http://www.facebook.com/events/123330214486282/).
ALL ABOUT U is a night of food, drinks and new works by Jack Dunbar, Simonne Goran, Michelle Helene andJD Reforma. Alpine vistas, neck cushions and talented artists; you'd be crazy NOT to be at AV Union on the 10th of December 6-8pm. EVENT (http://www.facebook.com/events/280548585382258/). POSTER (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=285763128211512&set=a.216767208444438.46094.204171583037334).
There are also rumblings of a weeknight R'n'b micro-club. Stay tuned at http://www.facebook.com/AvUnion for more info.
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