For one time only ‘Ruin–Live’ reinterpretes the impressionistic fable

Production still from Ruin 2013 / Directors: Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody / Image courtesy: The artists

Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s films are portraits of trauma and survival. Straddling a space somewhere between the real and unimaginable, his work is characterised by its combination of highly authored realist narratives with imagery that is raw, fragile, violent, impressionistic — and oftentimes staggeringly beautiful.

Award-winning filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson and internationally acclaimed composer Oren Ambarchi present ‘Ruin – Live’, an unforgettable fusion of live music and cinema from some of the most innovative filmmakers and musicians working in Australia today.

An impressionistic fable, Ruin is the story of Phirun (Rous Mony) and Sovanna (Sang Malen) – two young lovers inexplicably drawn together, who escape a brutal and exploitative world of crime and violence. As their vulnerable love ebbs and flows along their journey, they wake from the trauma of their former lives and unleash a violent rage upon the world.

Reinterpreting original material and unseen footage from the multi-award winning film Ruin 2013 by Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody, ‘Ruin–Live’ will feature remarkable impressionistic imagery set to an unexpected towering mixture of live electronic and acoustic arrangements.

Oren Ambarchi will perform new material to accompany this exclusive live cine-mix.

3pm Sunday 4 December 2016 | GOMA

The performance will be followed by a free screening of Courtin-Wilson’s new film The Silent Eye 2016, featuring Japanese dancer Min Tanaka and American poet Cecil Taylor. The film had its world premiere at the Whitney Museum of American Art earlier this year and is a forerunner to Courtin-Wilson’s upcoming sci-fi time travel biopic feature film about Cecil Taylor.

Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, “re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation”.(The Wire, UK) / Photograph: Crys Cole

Amiel Courtin-Wilson is an acclaimed, multi-award winning Australian filmmaker. Directing over twenty short and five feature length films, he has also collaborated with Opera Australia, Chunky Move, The Snuff Puppets, and The Black Lung Theatre Company. His video installation work has toured internationally and his films have screened at the National Gallery of Victoria, MONA, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Courtin-Wilson’s feature documentary Bastardy won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the 2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards and was nominated for three Australian Film Institute awards. His dramatic feature film debut Hail premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won many international awards, including the Age Critics Award for best Australian feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival. His most recent film Ruin won the Special Jury Prize in the Orrizonti competition of the Venice Film Festival in 2013 — the first Australian feature film in twenty years to win an award at Venice. Courtin-Wilson was recently commissioned to create a short film for the 70th Anniversary of the Venice Film Festival as part of a project called Venice Future Reloaded alongside directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, Monte Hellman, and Atom Egoyan. In 2014, he received the AFTRS Creative Fellowship grant for Aether, an upcoming feature film about iconic jazz pianist Cecil Taylor.

A free screening of Ruin 2013 will be presented at 8pm on 7 December 2016.