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by Julie Mundy (subscribe)
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Cinema Nova, together with Text Publishing is presenting a fantastic monthly series of screenings of Australian cinema classics, called Page to Picture. Total gems of both the screen and written page, many of which have been inexplicably forgotten in recent years, are being screened at the Nova on the first Wednesday of each month, with Text Publishing hosting a panel discussion after each movie.

Cinema Nova (c) Cinema Nova

I was lucky enough to attend the first one, which was the extraordinary 'Careful He Might Hear You', starring Robin Nevin, Wendy Hughes and an astonishing young Nicholas Gedhill as the troubled boy.

Still as powerful now as when it collected 8 AFI Awards on its first release in 1983, the book itself sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and was translated into German, selling 1 million copies. Until its recent re-release by Text Publishing, this iconic Australian novel, which tells the wrenching story of PS, a young boy torn between his two aunts, following the death of his mother, set in depression-era Sydney, was out of print.

Happily though, Text has renegotiated the rights and republished it, along with other important Australian novels, under the distinctive yellow-covered Text Classic series, which retail at just $12.95 each.

Text Publishing Text Classics
Text Publishing Text Classics

The post-movie panel discussion turned out to be a massive treat, with Robin Nevin, who will soon be appearing in the Melbourne Theatre Company's Queen Lear, along with the film's producer emerging from the audience to give insights about the making of the film and take questions from the floor. I can't wait to find out who they have in store for future movies!

This is a fabulous chance to experience some of Australia's best films in one of Melbourne's great cinemas; to learn about their adaptation to the screen from those involved - and to pick up a copy of the book on which it was based on the way out. Don't miss out! Screenings are at Cinema Nova on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 645pm. Adults are $23 each, concession $21.

Coming up:

4th July - They're a Weird Mob (1966), starring Chips rafferty and John Meillon

1st August - Wake In Fright (1971) starring Donald Pleasance, Chips Rafferty, Jack Thompson

5th September - My Brilliant Career (1979) starring Judy David, Sam Neill Julia Blake, Wendy Hughes.

3rd October - Stiff (2004) starring David Wenham, Sam Neill, Mick Molloy and Deborah Kennedy.

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Why? Classics are classics for a very good reason
When: 6:45pm first Wednesday of the month
Phone: 03 9347 5331
Where: 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
Cost: $23 Adults, $21 Concession
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