April 14 - April 25, 2005
Exploring expressions of the Female Gothic in a variety of classic and contemporary film genres - the horror, melodrama, girl's-own thriller and noir.
This season assembles an intriguing collection of films in which the heroine finds herself contained, stymied or otherwise thwarted by interior as well as more tangible forces.
Critic Dana Polan suggests that the Female Gothic is expressed in cinema via films in which 'a woman wonders about the designs upon her of the man in her life - does he love her, does he hate her, does he wish to do her harm?'. Taking this as its starting point, Lady Beware
traces the impulse through films whose protagonists embody and extend some of the defining archetypes of the genre.
The season launches with the Melbourne premiere of Jonathan Glazer's haunting new film, Birth
, starring Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall and Danny Huston.
Guest curator Adrian Martin will present an exclusive lecture, which will include screenings of seminal short films, tracing the paths of the Female Gothic through the thriller and horror genres, women's cinema and the avant-garde.
Curated by Adrian Martin and Roberta Ciabarra.
Read Lady, Beware: Female Gothic Variations
, an introductory essay by Adrian Martin.