Julianne Moore reading a magazine in Far From Heaven (2002)
Julianne Moore reading a magazine in Far From Heaven (2002)
Far From Heaven, © Focus Features (2002)

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Focus on Todd Haynes

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From untrue biopics to 'too-true' visions of American suburbia, we celebrate the unique cinema of Todd Haynes.

After wowing audiences in Cannes with his provocative new feature May December, we take this moment to re-examine the career of Todd Haynes, one of cinema's trailblazers and true independents.

Ever since gaining an irrevocable cult status for his 1988 unauthorised biopic of Karen Carpenter (Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story) – arguably the O.G. Barbie film of our times – Todd Haynes has carved out his own unique place in the film landscape. His first official feature film Poison (1991) heralded the arrival of the New Queer Cinema movement and since then his films have braided together the kitsch, the queer, the fanatical and the thoroughly postmodern.

From Velvet Goldmine to The Velvet Underground, by way of Safe and Far From Heaven, we're turning up the volume on the singular cinema of Todd Haynes.


Thu 12 Oct – Sun 12 Nov 2023

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Carol (2015)

Screening as part of our Matinees program

13–22 Oct 2023

Todd Haynes faithfully reimagines Patricia Highsmith's acclaimed novel – a tender love story between two women set in 1950s New York.

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Carol (2015) | 13–22 Oct 2023 Matinees

Doll parts: The Todd Haynes pop fantasy trilogy

Luke Goodsell discusses three pop fantasy entries in the American filmmaker's canon: Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988), Velvet Goldmine (1998) and I'm Not There (2007).

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