Tuesday, 4 April 2006

acmi media preview: drawing restraint 9 & black narcissus

Drawing Restraint 9 Media Preview:
Thursday 20 April at 1pm, ACMI Cinemas
First Floor, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne
PLEASE NOTE: Film running time is 145 minutes
RSVP: Danielle.Poulos@acmi.net.au or PH: 03 8663 2415

Black Narcissus Media Preview:
Monday 10 April, 9:30am in ACMI Cinema 1
Second Floor, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne
Film running time: 100 mins
RSVP: Danielle.Poulos@acmi.net.au or PH: 03 8663 2415

A Barrelful of Barney at ACMI Cinemas (May Future Classics)

As part of ACMI's Future Classics program, ACMI Cinemas is proud to present the Australian Premiere of Drawing Restraint 9, the spectacular cinematic collaboration between flagrantly unrestrained visual artist Matthew Barney and Icelandic songstress extraordinaire Björk.

And that's not the only good news for Barney fans!

Accompanying the Australian Premiere of Drawing Restraint 9 will be screenings of three additional Barney films - the Australian Premiere of Alison Chernick's documentary Matthew Barney: No Restraint (direct from its world premiere at the 2006 Berlinale), the Melbourne premiere of Barney's recent collaborative project with musician Arto Lindsay, De Lama Lamina and for those who missed its hugely popular season at ACMI in 2004, an encore season of Barney's epic The Cremaster Cycle!

About Drawing Restraint 9
Myth and biology collide in this creative/romantic collaboration between groundbreaking visual artist Matthew Barney (The Cremaster Cycle) and innovative musician Björk. Aboard a whaling boat, two occidental tourists (Barney and Björk) celebrate their love in a most unusual tea ceremony below deck while a huge petroleum jelly sculpture sets above. Barney's unique visual sensibility and sculptural motifs are illuminated by Björk's electro/orchestral soundtrack in this meditative, ecological journey through the waters of Japan's Nagasaki Bay. "Visually spellbinding" New York Times

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE of Drawing Restraint 9 (May 12 - 15)
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE of the documentary, Matthew Barney: No Restraint (May 12 - 15)
MELBOURNE PREMIERE of De Lama Lamina (13, 14, 16, 17 May)
ENCORE SEASON of The Cremaster Cycle - Cremaster 1 & 2 (Sat 13 May), Cremaster 3 (Sun14 May), Cremaster 4 & 5 (Tues 16 May)
All films will screen at ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square, Melbourne

Restoration of Black Narcissus (1947) screening at ACMI (May Digital Cinema)

Screening in May for ACMI's Digital Cinema program, Black Narcissus is a masterly exploration of the dangers of ambition, British reserve, and unbridled emotion.
Based on the Rumer Godden novel, this superb digital restoration of Powell and Pressburger's 1947 classic follows the tortuous emotional journey of a group of Anglican nuns led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), as they set up a remote convent among the bleak ruins of an abandoned Himalayan harem.

The film features superb performances, particularly from Kathleen Byron as Sister Ruth, who conceives an eroto-maniacal obsession for Dean (David Farrar). A ruggedly handsome English agent, his presence triggers a hysterical reaction among the brides of Christ. Smouldering with passion, madness and brooding eroticism, the emotional crescendo builds steadily throughout the film to a shattering climax.

"Run, don't walk to see this 1947 classic from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It's an all-time top 10 favourite of mine and seeing it digitally restored on the big screen brings a sugar-rush of pleasure.'  Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Fri 5 May 7pm, Sat 6 May 9pm & Sun 7 May 5.30pm
ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square, Melbourne

For enquiries about screening times, ticket prices and bookings for May Future Classics & May Digital Cinema seasons can be made by calling Ph: 8663 2583 (ACMI Box Office) or logging on to www.acmi.net.au

Further information

Danielle Poulos, ACMI Communciations Coordinator
Tel: 8663 2415
Mob: 0417 540 543
Email: Danielle.Poulos@acmi.net.au

Justin Rogers, ACMI Communications Coordinator
Tel: 8663 2475
Mob: 0412 172 887
Email: Justin.Rogers@acmi.net.au

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