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A Trip to the Moon

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by Jonathon Tonkin (subscribe)
I'm a 26 year old male Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication) at UniSA in 2014. As well as writing for WN I have also done pieces for the Adelaide 36s and Mawson Lakes Living.
More than just a trip, this is a surreal journey
Georges Méliès is considered a pioneer of early cinema, science fiction and filming techniques. The French film director was considered an innovator of special effects. His utilisation of techniques such as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse, and hand painted colour made him one of the most important people in early science fiction film. His films are bizarre, fantastical and surreal and have stood the test of time as iconic journeys into fantasy.
A Trip to the Moon, Adelaide French Festival, Nexus Arts, French Film
This image of a spaceship landing on the face of the moon has since become one of the most iconic images in cinema history.

As part of the Adelaide French Festival, Adelaide Festive Centre and Nexus Arts present A Trip to the Moon. A Trip to the Moon is the title of one of Méliès most well-known films however this event is more than just a single film. Presented at the Lion Arts Centre, A Trip to the Moon will be showcasing a number of Méliès short films scored live by three ensembles of leading Adelaide musicians. Right with you in the moment these musicians will provide their own musical flavour to these classic films. Included are The Zeitgeist Orchestra (featuring Hilary Kleinig, Derek Pascoe and Chris Martin), trailblazing drummer Jarrad Payne (1.1 Immermann, The Shaolin Afronauts, voiceROM) and jazz violinist Julian Ferraretto. This is sure to provide an interesting cocktail of special effects masterpieces combined Adelaide's up and coming musical talents.
A Trip to the Moon, Adelaide French Festival, Nexus Arts, French Film
George Méliès

Georges Méliès popularized many of the filming techniques that would later inspire many Hollywood hits. Come and see the art of film making at its inception, where what initially were merely words on a page and ideas first became images on the silver screen.

A Trip to the Moon will be screening a 5:00 PM on Sunday the 14th of January. You can get your tickets through Adelaide Festival Centre here. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Consession. So get your tickets now and join us for this fusion of old French Cinema and new Adelaide scores.
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Why? See the start of science fiction film.
When: 14th of January
Where: Lion Arts Centre
Cost: $15
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Film from 1914 - newly uncovered in 9.5mm format and digitised - will be in The Fringe - page 88. A guaranteed fun program, in two venues.
by daviddon (score: 2|230) 1398 days ago
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