Werner Herzog opening weekend

The free cinema program ‘The Wrath and Reveries of Werner Herzog’ opens this Friday night at the Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA and will run until 19 August 2017. The program explores the films of German filmmaker Werner Herzog, whose strange and spectacular works have enthralled audiences for nearly half a century. The opening night begins at…

Morning Star Poles

The dramatic group of 76 Banumbirr (Morning star poles) from Galiwin’ku, Arnhem Land resemble those used annually in north-eastern Arnhem Land ceremonies that celebrate the morning star (the planet Venus). The Morning Star poles are on show at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in ‘Lucent: Aboriginal and Pacific works from the Collection’ until 30…

‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ opens at GOMA

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines today announced ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ would open exclusively at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from Saturday 27 May until 3 September 2017. The exhibition is the first major Marvel exhibition in Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum worldwide. Curated by QAGOMA, the exhibition is…

I am Iron Man: The Marvel Cinematic Universe takes flight

When the studio launched Iron Man, the film’s post-credit sequence declared a bold, long-term vision — ‘You are not alone, Tony Stark. Your friends in the Marvel Universe are coming out to play’. Unfurling a new animated logo featuring a ‘flipbook’ of comic pages fluttering across the brand, Marvel proclaimed to fans the company’s pride…

A beginner’s guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a single continuity of feature films and other media based on characters and stories from Marvel’s sprawling comic book history, released in ‘phases’. Though each film is self-contained, their thematic threads, recurring characters and subplots create a deep interconnectedness, which invites fans to identify hidden links and speculate feverishly on…

Marvel and the moving image

As the gatekeeper of one of the richest holdings of comic book narratives in the world — over 8000 characters developed over nearly eight decades — Marvel’s move to the cinema screen was inevitable. They’d been dipping their creative toe in other media since the 1940s; under the name of founding company Timely Comics, they…