Join us for our fortnightly Film Club with each session will be curated by a different film buff! Watch the film in the comfort of your home, then join the online conversation from 6:30-8:30pm. See below for details.
FILM BUFFS AND THEIR SELECTIONS
Shanon King is the Co-Director of Brisbane Queer Film Festival (BQFF). In 2017 Shanon and Co-Director Justin Marshman began producing the festival independently, screening at the refurbished New Farm Cinemas. BQFF is now in its 21st year in 2020, held in March annually, since its beginning, founded at the Brisbane Powerhouse in the year 2000. Shanon joined Brisbane Powerhouse in 2010, as Programming Coordinator for the Producing team and began working on BQFF from 2011 - 2013 as Festival Coordinator. The 2015 & 16 festivals saw Shanon take a curatorial role at the helm of BQFF. Shanon’s connection to BQFF goes back to 2005, undertaking a university placement with Brisbane Powerhouse during BQFF’s 6th year and since graduating, began working for Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) 2006 - 2009. Shanon stayed working in operational roles on the local film festival circuit at Sydney Film Festival in 2010 & 2016, Iranian Film Festival Australia 2011 - 2016; Channels The Australian Video Art Festival 2013 - 2019; Asia Pacific Screen Awards / Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival 2015; and Content Manager for Griffith Film School’s Asia Pacific Film Online course 2016. In 2017 Shanon began working at BlakDance, the national service and producing organisation for First Nations Dance in Australia, and from 2020 is its Chief Operations Officer. In October 2019, Shanon was invited to join NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) as its Treasurer.
FILM:The Daughters of Fire (2018) (1hr 56mins) dir. Albertina Carri
ABOUT: Two female lovers reunite after a long time. One wants to shoot a porn film, the other wants to visit her family. As they happen upon a woman during a bar fight with homophobes, they decide to hit the road, embarking on a polyamorous journey across Patagonia, picking up other women along the way.
Daniel McKewen is a Brisbane-based artist whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, popular culture, economics, politics, and screen-based mass media. Working appropriatively across a range of media including video installation, his work creatively and speculatively examines how the formal and symbolic conventions of these institutionalised structures operate culturally and politically. The resulting artworks explore and express how our subjective and inter-subjective interactions with these structures can allow us to make sense of our own social experiences.
ABOUT: After Laura Poitras received encrypted emails from someone with information on the government's massive covert-surveillance programs, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet the sender, who turned out to be Edward Snowden.
Simone Hine is an artist, curator and writer. Her artworks expand across performance, video, installation and sound. She re-contextualises media images, with a particular focus on the cinematic. These media images are expanded spatially and temporally in order to re-examine otherwise transitory moments. Hine is a founding co-director of Kuiper Projects (Brisbane) a contemporary art gallery and project space (2017-present). She was also a founding co-director of Screen Space (Melbourne), a screen-based gallery (2010 – 2016) and Beam Contemporary (Melbourne), a commercial gallery (2010 – 2014). Hine holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne: School of Culture and Communication, in Art History. She has presented research nationally and internationally and has written numerous exhibition catalogues.
FILM: Playtime (1967) (1hr 58mins) dir. Jacques Tati
ABOUT: The most daring and expensive work of Jacques Tati's career took nine years to complete and links a young American tourist and a befuddled Frenchman as they repeatedly encounter one another in the course of a day.
Dr Chari Larsson lectures in art history and theory at QCA, Griffith University. Her forthcoming book Didi-Huberman and the image will be published by Manchester University Press in 2020. Her research focuses on theories of images and representation.
FILM: Faces Places (2017) (1hr 29mins) dir. Visages Villages Jr and Agnès Varda
ABOUT: Agnes Varda, whose unique cinematic vision since the 1950s has earned her a loyal following of enthusiastic cinephiles around the world, and the iconic photographer/muralist JR, boasting over a million followers on Instagram, have more in common than one might imagine. Both share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. When JR, a long-time fan, went to meet Agnes, they both knew immediately they wanted to work together. FACES PLACES documents their heart-warming journey through rural France and the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.
Kyle Weise is a writer and curator. He has a specific interest in the moving image across cinema and art, and its mediation of technology and space. Weise has curated numerous exhibitions and has written about contemporary Australian art in catalogue essays and articles for various publications, including Eyeline, Dissect, Un Magazine and Millennium Film Journal. Together with Simone Hine he co-founded and co-directed Screen Space, a not-for-profit gallery dedicated to the moving image (2010-2016) and Beam Contemporary, a commercial gallery focused on emerging experimental practices (2010-2014). Both spaces were located in Melbourne’s CBD. Hine and Weise are currently running an ARI in Brisbane’s CBD called Kuiper Projects. Since 2018 he has worked as the Curator of the Exhibition Program at Metro Arts, Brisbane
FILM: The Conversation (1974) (1hr 48mons)dir. Francis Ford Coppola
ABOUT: Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic masterpiece is the slowly-gripping, bleak study of electronic wiretapping that is examined through the private, internalised life of Harry Caul, a lonely and detached surveillance expert. Harry is an invader of privacy. The best in the business. He can record any conversation between two people anywhere. But so far, three people are dead because of him and two more may follow. Stars Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford and Cindy Williams.
Anita Holtsclaw is an Australian artist, academic and curator. Her works investigate how representation is constructed culturally and can be recontextualised through contemporary feminist art practice. Holtsclaw’s screen-based installations present an expanded and embodied field of vision for the viewer to navigate, re-imagining traditional constructions of the landscape, recollection, memory, simulation, and sight. Holtsclaw’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at respected venues such as: Citè International des Arts, Paris; GOMA, Brisbane; The IMA, Brisbane; Bus Projects, Melbourne; 54th International Young Artists Fair, Beijing; and, the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. She has undertaken international residencies at: No.w.here, London; Citè International des Arts, Paris; and Café Tissardmine, Morocco. Her work is held in private collections nationally.
FILM: Frances Ha (2013) (1hr 22mins) dir. Noah Baumbach
ABOUT: Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she’s not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. A modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.