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Get more for your movie buck
Image of the original Robyn Davidson Rick Smolan
Sometimes after a good movie you can still be left feeling unsatisfied.
You would like to know more about the issues, actors, the director and the context. You would like some intellectual parameters that Hollywood just isn't supplying.
Cinemas are starting to realise that cinema goers want more for their bucks and are offering Q&A sessions before or after screenings.
After all with the rise of home cinemas and huge screens it can often be easier just to stay at home and be entertained. So cinemas need to be offering something a bit more.
Q & A sessions, is where you usually get to meet the director, main actor of a special speaker on the topic of the movie at the screening.
There are three such events this February and watch out for more Q & A sessions as they are becoming increasingly common.
One I am looking forward to is the Tracks Q & A where you get to watch a preview of this fascinating film and listen to Robyn Davidson talk about her real-life adventures.
Robyn Davidson isn't the actor. Instead she is the author of the book upon which the movie is based. She is famous for walking with a team of camels, some 1700 km from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean back in the 70s and then writing a famous book on her adventures.
When I reviewed the movie and researched Davidson's life I felt that Mia Wasikowska (who played Davidson's part and also the waif-like Jane Eyre and Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland) wasn't strong or even indeed beautiful enough to play the part of Davidson. So it will be interesting to meet Davidson in the flesh. She will be accompanied on the stage by Rick Smolan (played by Adam Driver in the movie) who was the real-life National Geographic photographer who took the remarkable photos of Davidson especially of her swimming with her camels in the Indian Ocean after her months in the harsh desert. I was fortunate enough to see a preview of Tracks and you can read the review here and watch a trailer .
Sunday March Palace Cinema Como
6.30pm screening of TRACKS followed by a live Q&A with Author Robyn Davidson and Photographer Rick Smolan
To book click here.
$10 to $19 depending on whether you are a Palace Movie Club Member or not. Mistaken for Strangers
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Nova has a Q&A after the new documentary Mistaken for Strangers which follows acclaimed band the National on the biggest tour of their career. A riveting documentary made by Tom Berninger, who says it is about his brother Matt's band The National but it is clearly also about their relationship. You can ask a question of Matt Berninger, the National's lead singer.
Friday 13th February
Cinema Nova Carlton
Book tickets here
Normal cinema costs apply
This isn't mainstream media but it sounds like a fascinating evening. The movie is Romulus my Father starring Eric Bana, Franka Potente and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on mental health. The panel includes Prof Raimond Gaita who wrote the book upon which the acclaimed movie was based. The session is brought to the public by ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the University of Melbourne. It is great when academia comes down to earth and does events like this which are open to the public. Anyone interested in mental health issues will find this a stimulating screening and subsequent discussion.
13 & 14 February 6.15PM
The Dax Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, The University of Melbourne Parkville
This is a free event but you must register. You can register here.