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Published May 8th 2018
Films that are a little different, quirky, fun & educational
I love a good film and this is an offering of some great ones coming up this month. Whether you want to learn a little, have a sing-a-long, support a fundraiser or go down memory lane, there is sure to be something for you in this list.
Gurrumul Showing NOW at Palace Centro, James St, Fortitude Valley.
Have you ever heard the angelic voice of the amazing blind Aboriginal singer Gurrumul? As well as being renowned as a singer, he also played drums, keyboard, guitar and didgeridoo.
Gurrumul played in Yothu Yindi and the Saltwater Band before he started his solo career. He sang stories of his land in Yolŋu languages and in English. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was born in Galiwin'ku, Elcho Island in 1971, off the coast of Arhem Land in northern Australia, over 500 kms east of Darwin. This film provides Dr G Ynupingu's background story.
The Song Keepers Showing NOW at Dendy Coorparoo, Old Cleveland Rd Dendy Coorparoo are currently selling tickets for $5.
This is a another fascinating film about Aboriginal musicians by Darwin-based documentary filmmaker Naina Sen. When she first heard about a Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir who sing baroque German hymns first brought to the Red Centre by Lutheran missionaries in the 19th century, then translated into Pitjantjatjara and Arrarnta, she was curious to find out more about this unique group. She contacted their choirmaster Morris Stuart who told her that the choir was about to take these culturally fused hymns back home to Germany on tour. This led to her making the documentary, The Song Keepers, which debuted at the Melbourne International Film Festival last year. This fascinating film is a joyful and candid journey alongside these women. Sen hopes that the story will be heard across by many Australians, adding another dimension to our rich and complex history. You can read find out more about this film here. Do yourself a favour and see it.
Brisbane Backyard Film Festival 11 May 2018, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm West End Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia St, South Brisbane
You are invited to join the Queensland film community for a night of short films, music videos and trailers under the Brisbane stars. After the screenings, you are invited to enjoy drinks and network. Bring your own rugs, chairs, or sit on the lawn. The Brisbane Backyard Film Festival is an outdoor event so if there is a severe chance of the event being rained out, the venue with be changed to an indoor venue. Follow this link for more information.
Midnight Oil en concert lors du festival des vieilles charrues 2017
We are staying with the theme of musicals for a little longer. I love this theatre, which is a conversion maintaining the character of the old Brisbane Irish Club. Midnight Oil 1984 tells the story of this rock and roll band whose inspired young Australians to believe that the power of music could change the world. It is a musical featuring some of Midnight Oil's greatest hits and shows. You will also see what goes on behind the scenes, including some of the personal struggles of band members as they try to balance the demands of music and politics when lead singer Peter Garrett decides to run for an Australian Government Senate seat. If you love music, Midnight Oil and have an interest in social issues, this is a movie for you.
12 May 3pm
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, Southbank,
This film is part of the Curious Affection film program accompanying the current Patricia Piccinini exhibition. It is Bong Joon-ho's Netflix film about a young woman caught up in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics. Essentially, it is about a girl fighting for her friend, a giant GM piglet. The film begins with the bond between human and animal and ultimately shows us a world that addresses the animal inside us all. The cast is headed by South Korean child actress Ahn Seo-hyun, alongside Hollywood actors Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Access this link for more information.
Australian Festival of African Film Brisbane Launch
12 May, from 4pm
Princess Theatre, 8 Annerley Rd, Annerley
Kyeema Foundation (KYEEMA) and Flying Aya present this inaugural launch of African films and fundraiser. The event will tell stories of the challenges and opportunities facing different African communities and the Australian African experience. There are many stories from around Africa with a variety of images and messages. There are 5 films from 6 countries, representing 4 language groups with a 1 hour interval for an African buffet catered by Mu'ooz.
Session 1: 4-6pm
Double bill doco: Sea Change and Unfair Game by producer/director duo Hosea Jemba (Uganda)/John Antonelli (USA) and a panel of journalists, academics, filmmakers, politicians, writers and rural community advocates.
Unfair Game tells an inspiring story of two environmental activists in Africa in their quest to get the balance right with livelihoods/human rights and wildlife conservation.
Sea Change follows the efforts of a 34-year-old who struggles to secure water security for her native tribes in East Africa.
Short films: Black As Me (Santilla Chingaipe) and Grey Bull (Eddy Bell) spoken word poetry by artist Anisa Nandula.
Black as Me. Santilla Chingaipe's doco is a powerful ode to self-acceptance.
Grey Bull. Ghost Bull' tells the story of Martin, a South Sudanese refugee from the Dinka heartlands now living and working in Australia who happens upon a bull he believes is his spiritual totem.
Interval: 6-7pm Mu'ooz African buffet and a fashion show, music and audience film review interviews
Session 2: 8-9pm Keteke by Ghanian Peter Sedufia. It's the '80s in rural Ghana. Atswei is heavily pregnant and desperate to get to Ateke to deliver her baby. She and husband Boi miss the morning train and are left stranded in the blazing sun with only Boi's ghetto blaster for encouragement. A madcap race against time follows in this colourful screwball comedy. Film soundtrack by Worlasi available for purchase.
Enquiries to Eliza Smith 0448176822 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All profits will go to The Kyeema Foundation (KYEEMA), a charity which supports local solutions to empower lives through improving village poultry production.
Get your tickets here.
Mama Mia Singalong
13 May 2pm (Mother's Day) Elizabeth Theatre, 175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane
Now for a change of pace and good ole sing-a-long to a well known and loved feel-good movie. The is more than one cinema screening of Mama Mia in Brisbane but again I've chosen the Elizabeth for the unique venue.
Cezanne: Portraits of a Life
Sunday 13 May
New Farm Cinemas, 701 Brunswick St, New Farm
This film is in the genre of the Visual Arts. To appreciate 20th-century art we need to understand the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. This film features interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d'Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself. The film also takes audiences to places where Cézanne lived and worked. Book Now!
Cherbourg Women: My Struggle My Fight
19 May 2018, 5.30pm
Kuril Dhagun, State Library, level 1, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are seven times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be involved in the child protection system. This over-representation is particularly so in out of home care whereby children are removed from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous foster carers. In 2017, Yamaji filmmaker Janine Kelly travelled to Cherbourg Aboriginal Community to document the personal stories of Cherbourg women who have experienced the removal of their children and grandchildren by Queensland Child Protection Services. These women share their stories of trauma and heartache and the fight to have their children and grandchildren returned to their families.
This thought-provoking film reflects the strengths and resilience of these women and is an important insight for social workers, human service workers, counsellors and anyone working in the child protection and social services sector as well as those with an interest in reconciliation and social justice. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.
Tully is showing at a few cinemas, but I invite you to come along to this fundraiser. You can join Women's Legal Service for a movie and bubbles, canapes, and raffles to support women affected by domestic violence. Tully is a new comedy from Academy Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno") starring Charlize Theron as a mother of three, who comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. This link provides more information about Women's Legal Service. Get your ticket here.
An American in Paris – The Musical
16 May, 6.30pm Elizabeth Theatre, 175 Elizabeth Street Brisbane, Brisbane,
This rendition of the 1951 classic film coming from London's West End has rave reviews. The Gershwin songs are winners, along with the choreography and designs. The filmed play tells the story of American GI, Jerry Mulligan, who strives to be a successful painter has a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer, Lise. The romance of Paris is the backdrop to the hope and joy of love, friendship and art after WWII.
Roaring 20s Cinema, May screening with live pianist
18 May, 7.30pm
Metro Arts, Lumen Room
Now we come to some retro cinema with Metro Arts taking us right back to the Golden Age of the Twenties. The program begins with a short film, followed by the feature film. The two-hour immersive program represents cinema-going in the 1920s. Fin Taylor Music will play a live musical score alongside the silent features. You are invited to dress up to fit the theme!
Tickets $15 per person booking fee
Bookings 0409 620 670. More information here.
LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE (Beauty and the Beast) 1946
20 May, 1pm
23 May, 6.00pm Qld Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art theatre
Jean Cocteau's fairy tale is classic cinema, restored 35mm film print. It is an "enchanting and sensuous excursion into the realm of poetic fantasy". It is the story of Belle (Josette Day), who, in order to save her father, agrees to live with the hideous Beast (Jean Marais). Slowly, she grows to feel some emotion for him, and her love transforms him. With its superb cinematography, splendid makeup creations, and fantastic sets, Beauty and the Beast is a feast for the fairy tale faithful. But Cocteau reverses the happy ending by making the Beast's transformation a cause for regret. "My aim," he said, "would be to make the Beast so human, so sympathetic, so superior to men, that his transformation into Prince Charming would come as a terrible blow to Beauty, condemning her to a humdrum marriage and a future that is summed up in that last sentence of all fairy tales: 'And they had many children.'" Pacific Film Archive
Cherbourg Women: My Struggle My Fight
30 May 2018 10.25 - 11.30am
QUT Oodgeroo Unit, Gardens Point campus, S Block, Owen J. Wordsworth (OJW), Level 12
Another screening of this important local film at QUT. Following the screening, there will be a panel conversation with the director, Janine Kelly and the women of this film. A light morning tea and lunch will be provided. Book here
And here's a teaser for June …
Sabrina/Funny Face – An Afternoon with Audrey Hepburn Metro Arts, 109 Edward St, Brisbane
23 Jun 1-5 pm
Who can resist a little bit of the delight and sophistication of the beautiful Audrey Hepburn?