Monday, June 15, 2009

Upcoming Q&A sessions

I consider Q&A sessions the 'cream on the cake' of the cinema experience and there's a number of them coming up soon:
  • Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971) - Nova, Tuesday 16 June, 6.30pm
    Director Ted Kotecheff and editor Anthony Buckley in discussion with filmmaker Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood). This really is an awesome Australian film, made by a Canadian, and recently salvaged from destruction. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or in 1971, has been fully restored and it should be an ace experience to see it on the big screen (I saw it at MUFF last year, projected from a dubious quality pirated DVD).
  • Last Ride (Glendyn Ivin) - Nova, Tuesday 23 June, 6.30pm
    Director Glendyn Ivin, moderated by Triple J's Paul Verhoeven.
    Reliable sources (via Sydney Film Festival) inform me this is a film to see. The film screens with Ivin's Cracker Bag, the film that took out the Palme d'Or for best short film in 2003.
  • Bastardy (Amiel Courtin-Wilson) - Kino, Thursday 25 June, 6.30pm
    Jack Charles has for forty years juggled heroin addiction, homelessness, cat-burglary and acting. He founded the first Aboriginal theatre company in the 1970s and appeared in numerous films and TV series. Both the director and the subject of the film will be discussing the film, hosted by John Safran. I'm looking forward to this - I don't usually go to Thursday night screenings, but I'll be pushing it with the missus to go.
  • The 6th Annual Bayside Film Festival includes a number of events such as a Q&A with Mary and Max director Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Combes; filmmaker Rohan Spong will discuss his documentary ‘T’ is for Teacher, actor Lisa Maza (City Homicide, Stolen), will provide a first-hand insight on the making of her first documentary, Living in Two Worlds, and director Anna Brady and actor Blair McDonough (Sea Patrol, Heart Beat, Neighbours) will conduct a workshop on their film-noir spoof, Strangers on a Sushi Train. The festival is being held at Palace Brighton Bay from 15-18 July. Keep an eye on the website for further details.

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