Orson Welles: A Retrospective

Opening this weekend, the Gallery’s Australian Cinématheque hosts a major film program of works by mercurial American film and broadcasting prodigy Orson Welles. ‘Orson Welles: A Retrospective’ is a ticketed program and screens at GOMA until 28 May 2014. Acclaimed filmmaker, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer Orson Welles (1915–85) worked extensively in radio, theatre, film…

Fairytale transformations

The Australian Cinematheque presents the free curated cinema program ‘Fairytales and Fables’ at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA until 30 March, and it’s not just for children. Coming soon is ‘Orson Welles: A Retrospective‘ from 5 April. I foresee that the Andersen and Fairy Tale fashion will not last; none of these things away from general nature…

…Properly Used, It’s Almost Invincible

The Australian Cinémathèque’s ‘Action, Hong Kong Style’ program at GOMA in 2013 included a rare double feature of the two films that laid the foundation for one of the most original music groups to emerge in the last twenty years. The Five Venoms 1978 M and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin 1978 were crucial in the development of the…

Action Hong Kong Style

Hong Kong action cinema has undergone multiple revolutions and produced some of the world’s most famous stars and directors, including Bruce Lee, John Woo and Jackie Chan. Here, Sam Ho discusses the history behind this phenomenally popular film genre, which is the subject of a major retrospective at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque.  ‘Action, Hong Kong…

Imagining Possible Futures

I have never quite been able to give myself over to science fiction. Life on present day earth with all its eccentric characters and bizarre events is challenging enough; I don’t have space in my day to think about what life is like in galaxies far, far away, hundreds of years from now. With the…