focus on john cassavetes

opening night
Opening Night

Rediscover the daring and emotionally raw films of the quintessential actor's director and defining figure of American independent cinema.

Thursday 15 May- Sunday 25 May 2008
Full $13 Concession $10
6 Session Pass: $60 Full, $48 Concession

"Watch Shadows, watch Husbands, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Love Streams ... You will want to make something exciting and alive. You will want to be a filmmaker." Read Christos Tsiolkas' companion essay Made In USA

Curated by Kristy Matheson and Roberta Ciabarra with the assistance of Spiro Economopoulos

Thanks to the British Film Institute, Castle Hill Productions, Faces Distribution, Hollywood Classics, Sony Picture Classics, Paramount Pictures, Park Circus, Stadtkino Wien, Universal Pictures International and Christos Tsiolkas.

opening night

Opening Night features one of Cassavetes' signature fractured women.


Cassavetes' seminal, directorial debut.

too late blues

Bobby Darin stars as a struggling jazz pianist.


Considered by many to be Cassavetes' masterpiece.

the killing of a chinese bookie

A compelling character study of an affable nightclub owner at the end of his luck.


Three friends are sent into a midlife tailspin after the untimely death of a close friend.

a constant forge - the life and art of john cassavetes

A fascinating, in-depth analysis of Cassavetes' films.

love streams

Many of the themes which preoccupied Cassavetes throughout his career come together.


A winning variation on the classic odd couple theme.

minnie and moskowitz

This defiantly romantic film is Cassavetes at his most playful.

a woman under the influence

The crowning centrepiece of Cassavetes' remarkable career.

big trouble

In his last film, Cassavetes ironically returned to studio filmmaking with this all-out comedy.

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