Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Australian Perspectives: Kathleen Ferrier, Writer's Bench, Benji Binks and Robert Hunter

Kathleen Ferrier 8 & 15 Sep 2012
Kathleen Ferrier Source & Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive

ACMI presents another season of its popular Saturday program Australian Perspectives. Beginning in September, this season tips its hat to music and urban culture. A sound-scape ranging from classical music phenomenon Kathleen Ferrier to the Hip Hop of Mongolia, pioneering Australian Hip Hop artist Robert Hunter and crowd  favourite Writers Bench - looking at Melbourne's graffiti and street art culture.

Kathleen Ferrier

Sat 8 Sep / 4pm   Australian Premiere + Q&A with Director Diane Perelsztejn

Sat 15 Sep / 4pm

Beginning the season is the 2012 documentary about Kathleen Ferrier, one of Britain's most beloved singers. A wealth of new material has recently been sourced from archives around the world including home movies giving rare insights, which are intertwined with re-mastered recordings of her finest performances, some never having been released. Melbourne filmmaker Diane Perelsztejn has also sourced a rare interview with Ms Ferrier recorded at the peak of her career. Actress Charlotte Rampling narrates this portrait of a woman who captivated the world with her voice.

Join the panel after the film (8 Sep) in a Q & A hosted by film critic Philippa Hawker (The Age) as she talks with Director Diane Perelsztejn, Conductor Benjamin Northey and former BBC Correspondent Michael Jacobson.

Writers Bench: The Evolution of Melbourne Graffiti and Street Art Culture 1980 - 2011

Sat 22 & 29 Sep / 4pm

Back by popular demand, Australian filmmakers Oriel Guthrie and Spencer Davids explore the art and history of what is now an iconic part of Melbourne, its graffiti. Tracing the raw beginnings as political, radical and culture jamming slogans some of the renowned artists that have shaped Melbourne's cultural identity tell their stories of growing up with the movement, why they got involved and what has influenced their style.

Dr Sarmast's Music School

Sat 6 Oct / 4pm    + Q&A with director Polly Watkins,
                                producer Beth Frey and cinematographer Peter Zakharov

Sat 13 Oct / 4pm

In exile for 15 years, musicologist Dr Ahmad Sarmast returns to Kabul to reopen a music school which was closed down by extremists in 1992. Hoping to offer Kabul's street children and orphans a better future through study and music, his wish to revitalise Afghanistan's musical traditions and heal the trauma the nation has felt.

Storm Boy

Sat 27 Oct / 10.30am & 1.30pm

Screening as part of ACMI's 10th birthday celebrations, Storm Boy returns to the cinema screen. An Australian classic, the South Australian coastline sets the scene for a childhood adventure. Stellar performances from David Gulpilil as Fingerbone Bill and Greg Rowe as Mike 'Storm Boy' Kingsley.

Hunter: For the Record

Sat 27 Oct / 4pm

When Perth musician Robert Hunter found out at age 35 that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decided to use the tools at his disposal to share his physical, emotional and musical journey. A battle to survive and his eventual death is told, primarily by Hunter himself, in a very public, raw and honest way. Driven to share his realisations, both with his son in powerful video diaries and with the world around him, the music community he helped to build would also come out in force to support him in surprising ways.

Mongolian Bling

Sat 3 Nov / 4pm   Australian Premiere + Q&A with director Benji Binks

Sat 10, 17 & 24 Nov / 4pm

Travelling to Mongolia isn't the first travel destination for most people. But what Melbourne filmmaker Benji Binks explores in this new documentary is a bright and vibrant Hip Hop scene. Blending cleverly centuries old Mongolian musical traditions with contemporary music avenues, a powerful new music movement is evolving and speaking to a post-communist Mongolia.

 

ACMI Film Programmer and curator of the Australian Perspectives collection "Highlighting content with such unique perspectives, it is with great pleasure we show these on the big screen.  Australian filmmakers delving into everything - from Hip Hop in Mongolia, to revitalising a music school in Kabul, to exploring one of the worlds' most celebrated classical artists. That's why I love curating Australian Perspectives; we get to showcase Australian film, its breadth and at its best."

Tickets are now on sale and further information about the Australian Perspectives September to November season can be found online at acmi.net.au/film

 

 

Further information

Donna Hillier
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2475 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498
[email] donna.hillier@acmi.net.au

 
 
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