Thursday, 7 January 2010

Desert Island Flicks

Adam Elliot
Adam Elliot
You're stranded with only five films - what would they be?

In February and March of 2010 the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is stranding some Aussie legends on a metaphorical desert island - and instead of 5 discs they can only take 5 flicks! The question on everyone lips is - what will they be?

Our first celebrity 'castaways' Adam Elliot and David Stratton will reveal their own insights and personal stories behind their top five films - the ONLY films they could pack if they were banished to a desert island. What do you think their top picks will be?

Tue 23 Feb 2010, 7pm
Desert Island Flicks with Adam Elliot

Australian National Treasure, Academy Award Winner® and Independent Filmmaker Adam Elliot will reveal his own favourite films that have inspired him to create his magnificent and moving animated masterpieces Mary and Max and Harvie Krumpet.

Elliot is one of the worlds most celebrated and critically acclaimed independent animators. His five animated works have been viewed by millions of people and have participated in over five-hundred film festivals. In 2009 Mary and Max, Elliot's first feature, produced by Melanie Coombs, was invited to open Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival - the first Australian and first animated film to ever do so. His films have received over one hundred awards, including an Oscar® in 2004 for Harvie Krumpet.
Adam Elliot creates unique and bittersweet animations or as he calls them 'Clayographies' - clay animated biographies. Based on people around him, his universal stories are personal and unique biographies that deal with themes from the achingly funny to the darkly melancholic.

Fri 12 Mar 2010, 7pm
Desert Island Flicks with David Stratton

For over twenty years now, Aussies have been tuning in to see David Stratton the white-bearded, sports jacket-wearing film buff who battles it out with Margaret Pomeranz on how many stars he's going to give the new releases, now he will reveal his all-time '5 star' films.

Stratton is the most recognisable face of film criticism in Australia and has been honoured internationally for his lifetime contribution to film. Stratton was appointed director of the Sydney Film Festival at the tender age of 27 in 1966 and held the position until 1983. His first film review for the US entertainment bible Variety was published in 1971 and he reviewed for them regularly from 1984 - 2003. He currently reviews for The Australian as well as on At The Movies.

Among his many honours Stratton counts an Australian Film Institute's Raymond Longford Life Achievement Award, the 60th Anniversary Medal by the Festival du Film de Cannes and holding the Presidency of FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Juries in Cannes (twice).

All sessions:
Studio 1, ACMI, Federation Square
Tickets: Full $13 Concession $10

Further information

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