Magda Szubanski in Dr Plonk (2007
Magda Szubanski in Dr Plonk (2007
Dr. Plonk (2007)

ACMI and Fed Square present

Dr. Plonk with live score by the Stiletto Sisters

Rolf de Heer | Australia | | G

Be transported by Rolf de Heer's masterful pastiche of silent cinema paired with swoon-worthy score by Melbourne's Stiletto Sisters.

In the year 1907, Dr Plonk, an inventor exuberantly played by street performer Nigel Lunghi (aka Mr Spin), has discovered that the world will end in 101 years. When his peers don't believe him, Dr Plonk, with the assistance of his wife (Magda Szubanski), his assistant Paulus (Paul Blackwell) and his dog, builds a time machine and travels to Australia circa 2008 in search of evidence.

As his protagonist time travels into the future, Rolf de Heer transports us back in time in an uncanny fashion. Using film stock, and shooting on a hand-cranked camera, de Heer's film captures and celebrates the silent film aesthetic. This is also a celebration of the physical comedy prowess of the film's stars, Lunghi and Szubanski. Whip-smart and hurtling along quick-smart, Dr Plonk is a fast-paced comedic whirlwind.

We're joined by the Stiletto Sisters — original performers of the film's score — to perform the score live on stage.

This very special free performance is co-presented with Fed Square. Arrive early for access to limited deckchair seating. Complimentary ice cream and popcorn will be provided by Fed Square for the first 50 people to arrive.

Format: Digital
Language: Silent (with English intertitles)
Source: Vertigo Productions
Courtesy: Vertigo Productions
Duration: 85 mins


Thu 1 Apr 2021


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85 mins






Digital Facade (Big Screen)
Fed Square, Melbourne

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About the Stiletto Sisters

The Stiletto Sisters are a dynamic and vibrant trio, featuring the sparkling eyes and ready smiles of Hope Cstoros on violin, Judy Gunson on piano accordion and double bassist, Jo To. Gypsy melodies, seductive tango rhythms and sensuous songs from Europe and Latin America – this will be music to swoon by.

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