‘In Character’ is a cinema project developed in response to the exhibition ‘Cindy Sherman’. It brings together a cast of actresses and characters who challenge our expectations for the behaviour, desire and physicality of women onscreen. Check out this week’s selection of films at GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.
Tickets on sale through qtix (booking fees apply) or at the GOMA Box Office from one hour prior to film screenings.
The Australian Cinémathèque is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image and offers a rare opportunity to see films presented on the big screen as they were intended, and features many 35mm prints sourced from film archives around the world and screened in one of Australia’s last 35mm film venues.
Office Killer 1997 MA15+
Director: Cindy Sherman
6pm Wednesday 1 June | 1 Hr 22 Min | Buy Tickets
This dark comedy stars Carol Kane as Dorine, a social introvert who has suffered years of daily abuse as the office dogsbody. When she accidentally electrocutes a colleague, she loses her already slim grip on reality and comes to the conclusion that she can come out of her shell and become popular with anyone in the office – by simply killing them!
Death Becomes Her 1992 M
Director: Robert Zemeckis
7.45pm Wednesday 1 June | 1 Hr 44 Min | Buy Tickets
Ageing actress Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) is persuaded to take an elixir which brings her eternal life. Her rival for her husband Ernest’s (Bruce Willis) affections, Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn), has taken the same potion, and when the two of them try to kill each other, their bodies prove to be irritatingly indestructible.
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! 1965 M
Director: Russ Meyer
6.30pm Friday 3 June | 1 Hr 23 Min | Buy Tickets
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is the story of a new breed of SUPERWOMEN emerging out of the ruthlessness of our times. We are introduced to three buxom Go-Go girls: Varla (Tura Santana), Rosie (Haji) and Billie (Lori Williams), wildly dancing the Watusi before the leers, jeers and lecherous come-ons of their drooling all-male audience. The violence, implicit in the girls’ tease, is quickly moved out of the microcosmic bar into the outside world as they literally let go of themselves, embarking on a wild, violent, deadly journey of vengeance on all men.
Pink Flamingos 1972 R18+
Director: John Waters
8.30pm Friday 3 June | 1 Hr 46 Min | Buy Tickets
Filmmaker John Waters exploded into infamy with this darkly comic classic, in which cross-dresser Divine stars as Babs Johnson, a criminal in hiding from the FBI in a trailer outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Accompanying Babs are her mother (Edith Massey), a woman who is obsessed with eggs; her son Crackers (Danny Mills); and Cotton (Mary Vivian Pierce), Babs’s “travelling companion” and Crackers’ co-conspirator in unwholesome play.
Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies Over Paris (Celine and Julie Go Boating) 1974 M
Director: Jacques Rivette
1.30pm Saturday 4 June | 3 Hrs 12 Min | Buy Tickets
Céline (Juliet Berto), a magician, and Julie (Dominique Labourier), a librarian, meet in Montmartre and wind up sharing the same flat, bed, fiancé, clothes, identity and imagination. Soon, thanks to a magic sweet, they find themselves spectators, then participants, in a Henry James-inspired film-within-the film – a melodrama unfolding in a mysterious suburban house with the Phantom Ladies Over Paris, a sinister man and his child. Céline and Julie Go Boating, Rivette’s rarely seen yet biggest commercial hit, is an exhilarating combination of the themes of theatricality, paranoia and la vie parisienne, all wrapped up in an extended and entrancing examination of the nature of film-making (and film-watching).
The Philadelphia Story 1940 PG
Director: George Cukor
10.30am Sunday 5 June | 1 Hr 52 Min | Buy Tickets
Wealthy Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn) is set to marry the politician and businessman George Kittredge (John Howard), but her wedding plans are complicated by the arrival of her irresponsible ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), with magazine reporter Macauley Connor (James Stewart) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) in tow. Tracy resolves to give them a story they will never forget but finds herself re-evaluating her life choices in the process.
Grey Gardens 1975 PG
Directors: Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer
1pm Sunday 5 June | 1 Hr 34 Min | Buy Tickets
Grey Gardens is the name of a neglected, sprawling estate gone to seed. The crumbling mansion was home to Edith Bouvier Beale, often referred to as “Big Edie,” and her daughter, “Little Edie.” The East Hampton, Long Island, home became the centre of quite a scandal when it was revealed in 1973 that the reclusive aunt and cousin to Jackie O were living in a state of poverty and filth. That’s the background to this 1976 film portrait by cinéma vérité pioneers Albert and David Maysles, but it’s only incidental to the fascinating story they discover inside the estate walls.
Sunset Boulevard 1950 PG
Director: Billy Wilder
pm Sunday 5 June | 1 Hr 50 Min | Buy Tickets
Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent film queen, and William Holden, as the struggling young screenwriter who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen’s most memorable characters. Winner of three Academy Awards, director Billy Wilder’s powerful orchestration of the bizarre tale is a true cinematic classic. From the unforgettable opening sequence – a body found floating in a decayed mansion’s swimming pool – through the inevitable unfolding of tragic destiny, Sunset Boulevard is the definitive statement on the dark and desperate side of Hollywood.
‘In Character’ | 28 May – 28 August 2016
Cindy Sherman Up Late | Ticketed
5.30pm – 10.00pm | Fridays 17 & 24 Jun; 1 Jul; 9, 16, 23, 30 Sep 2016