Friday, 1 July 2011

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
As part of its First Look program, from 19 to 22 August the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009), a film by celebrated German auteur Werner Herzog. 

With David Lynch on board as executive producer, the film unites two of cinema's most unique talents in an unconventional cop drama that sits alongside Herzog's feature film of the same year, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009).

Inspired by a true story, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done revolves around Brad McCallum (Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon), who returns to San Diego after a life-changing journey to Peru, and becomes the only suspect in his mother's murder investigation.

Featuring a flawless cast of cult actors including Willem Dafoe as the detective, Chloe Sevigny as Brad's subdued fiancée, Grace Zabriskie as his cloying mother, and Udo Kier as Brad's acting teacher, Herzog creates a bizarre world where madness and sincerity go hand in hand, and pet flamingos, ostriches and a dwarf provide some of the film's most memorable moments.

ACMI Film Programmer Kristy Matheson says, "Werner Herzog's prolific creative output explores the most intriguing aspects of humanity. Whether he is working in documentary or fiction, he displays a distinctive off-kilter approach to storytelling that cinema fans the world over have come to love."

Werner Herzog was born in Munich in 1942 and spent his childhood in a remote mountain village in Bavaria, where he saw no film or television. As a high school student, he worked as a welder in a steel factory to finance his passion for filmmaking. Completing his first film at 19, Herzog has since made over fifty films, won the Best Director Award (1982) and Special Jury Prize (1975) at the Cannes Film Festival, published several books of poetry, and directed many operas. Herzog's latest feature is the 3D film Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011). He is also the subject of a documentary called Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980), made after he (literally) cooked and ate his shoe.

Praise for My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done:

"Herzog's latest project, produced by David Lynch, is as startling as anything else he's done." - The Guardian

"Undeniably quirky, but also very effective from a straight dramatic standpoint, My Son My Son What Have Ye Done? argues for Herzog's continued viability as one of the great filmmakers of the post-modern age." - Pop Matters

".Herzog has gone beyond Good and Evil to reinvent himself as a candidate for the wiggiest director of comedy in America today." - The Village Voice

"With David Lynch and Werner Herzog involved it's just as elliptical and twisted as you might expect." - Empire Magazine

The First Look season of My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done screens at ACMI in Melbourne from 19 to 22 August, 2011. For program information and session times visit

Werner Herzog, 93mins, USA/Germany, 2009, Digital Betacam, Source/Courtesy: Umbrella Entertainment, unclassified 18+

Further information

Frances Mariani
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