Friday, 12 March 2010

Live in the Studio

Mad Men
Mad Men

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image continues its live TV appreciation program Live in the Studio on Thursday 25 March 2010.

The series presents industry experts and luminaries, academics, aficionados and pop-culture sovereigns for a series of live talks, screenings and performances that revel in TV past and present.

On the last Thursday of March, April and May, ACMI's Studio 1 becomes a hub for TV enthusiasts to celebrate the finer points of the tube - a place to indulge your love of the small screen.

Thu 25 Mar 2010, 7pm
Loveable Murders with Martyn Pedler
Unclassified 15+

"It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have." So Clint Eastwood drawled in Unforgiven.

So why do we open our hearts to Dexter Morgan as he butchers another victim and winks at the camera?

Join writer and pop-culture critic Martyn Pedler for a look film and television's loveable monsters, maniacs and killers. From Watchmen's creepy Rorschach to gruff ol' Tony Soprano and everyone's favourite heroic torturer, 24's Jack Bauer, Pedler asks how it is that the Dexters of popular culture make us overlook their obvious psychological deficiencies and love them - blood splatters and all.

Thu 29 April 2010, 7pm
On The Wire with Michael Adams
Unclassified 15+

Gritty crime drama is something few, if any of us, has experienced - but is it realistic? The Wire has a reputation as being one of the most realistic shows on TV, primarily because its creators, David Simon and Ed Burns, have been there and done that. Simon was a crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun while Burns was a cop and a teacher in Baltimore. Also the show's characters are said to be based on composites of real life characters in Baltimore.

However this is still TV, not CCTV, so there is still controversy as to whether the Baltimore depicted in The Wire still exists, if it ever existed all. Perhaps that The Wire is too cynical? Alternately, is it unrealsitic in that there are too many central characters that are often willing to do the right thing even when it will damage their careers? Is it maybe realistic about certain aspects of Baltimore life, but not typical of what life is like for most people in the city?

Join literary academic Michael Williams, writer and social commentator Clementine Ford and Michael Adams, author of Showgirls, Teen Wolves and Astro Zombies as they set off to look for America within the dark Baltimore streets of HBO's The Wire.

Thu 27 May 2010, 7pm
Mad Men, Mad Women With Sian Prior
Unclassified 15+

"What you call love was invented by guys to sell nylons." Mad Men's Don Draper

Mad Men ties into our love of all things retro, it's a flashback to an era of economic boom, exquisite clothes and excessive living. But beneath the luxury of Mad Men's Manhattan lie uncomfortable questions about race, gender, prejudice, and social inequality and a sense that these people are not just characters of some hazy past but the world we live in now.

Join the panel of TV and advertising gurus, Debi Enker (TV Critic), Russell Howcroft (National CEO of George Patterson Y&R and Panellist on The Gruen Transfer), Mark Nicholls (Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne) and chair, Sian Prior (writer and broadcaster) as they traverse the Mad Men and Mad Women, the ads, the history and the splendour of Matt Weiner's (creator, executive producer and head writer) television masterpiece.

Venue:  Studio 1, ACMI, Federation Square
Tickets:  Full $13 Concession $10
Duration: 90 mins

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