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Saturday 20 August - Wednesday 24 August

Attention all library lizards, screenwriters and bibliophiles!

This cinema season explores the writing process through two themes - the fraught relationship between writers and the film industry, and their equally loaded liaisons with the forces of human sexuality.

Curated by Roberta Ciabarra and Lisa Pieroni.

Presented by Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Melbourne Writers' Festival.

Full $13 Concession $10
Season pass (any 6 sessions) Full $60 Concession $48

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Writer's Block, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Studio Head
Featuring films populated by writers negotiating the fraught business of reconciling literary craft with Hollywood-style commerce.

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in a lonely place

Nicholas Ray's noir classic is both a caustic dissection of the Hollywood studio system and a gripping study of masculinity in (creative) crisis.

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the bad and the beautiful

A self-important Pultizer prize-winning author is cajoled by his wife into accepting an invitation to go to Hollywood.

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Nicolas Cage takes up the dual roles of writer Charlie Kaufman and his brother Donald in Spike Jonze's deliriously self-referential film.

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without lying down

The fascinating story of Frances Marion, the highest paid screenwriter in the early decades of Hollywood and the first person to win two Oscars.

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barton fink

Holed up in a seedy hotel, Barton Fink's particularly anxious brand of writer's block begins manifesting in ever more surreal ways.

Between The Lines / Between The Sheets

Some of the most tantalising, notorious and enduring writers and writings on the subject of human sexuality are transferred to the screen in Between the Lines/Between the Sheets.

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the writer of o

A creative documentary about the author of the erotic novel The Story of O (1954).

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the story of o (histoire d'o)

The cinematic adaptation of Pauline Réage's novella Histoire d'O has developed a reputation as the most notorious of sex-art flicks.

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colette + george qui?

Two documentaries exploring the lives of writers Colette and George Sand.

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Pat Murphy's lavish film chronicles the passionate affair between James Joyce and Nora Barnacle.

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A smart, nuanced look at the notorious life of Marquis de Sade.

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henry & june

Against the backdrop of Bohemian life in 1930s Paris, Anais Nin meets writer Henry Miller and his wife June.

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