The Western

From its enduring classics to its modern-day interpretations, the continuing social relevance and popularity of the Western film genre is evident, writes Jason Jacob. The Australian Cinématheque presents ‘The Western’ screening until November, a curated program of selected works by filmmakers such as John Ford, Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, Takashi Miike, Quentin Tarantino and more.…

The Wild West

The popularity of the Western film is the focus of a new program showing at GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque this spring. Saddling up on 11 September and riding through until mid November, ‘The Western’ looks back at the genre’s early roots in silent cinema and modern day interpretations, and features works by celebrated directors including John…

GOMA presents ‘Cult Japan’ film program

Japanese film will make a long-awaited return to the Australian Cinémathèque at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) when ‘Cult Japan’ opens next month. Tickets are now on sale for the eight-week film program running from 3 July to 2 September 2015. Featuring atomic monsters, cool assassins, geishas and gargantuas, ‘Cult Japan’ celebrates some of the most…

Storytelling and film myths in modern life

  ‘Myths and Legends’ celebrates the world of heroic deeds, epic journeys and sacred stories as depicted in film and explores the insights these narratives still provide into the mysteries and wonders of our existence. Here we elaborate on the powerful relationships between classic folklore and modern cinematic storytelling. In modern usage, the word myth…

A Place At The Table: Food On Film

In conjunction with the exhibition ‘Harvest’, the Gallery’s major winter exhibition, the Australian Cinémathèque presents a free program ‘Harvest: Food on Film’. Included are some 40 features and documentaries, showcasing the production, consumption and presentation of food as a vivid motif in contemporary filmmaking across four strands: the dinner table, culture and tradition, food and…

Dante, early cinema and the creation of national identity in Italy

It’s Italy’s National Day on Monday June 2, and you can immerse yourself in Italian culture the day prior at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque with two sumptuous Italian silent epics: La Cineteca di Bologna’s 2006 restoration of Inferno 1911 (screening 11.00am Sunday 1 June, free), and followed by Carmine Gallone and Amleto Palermi’s Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (The Last Days of…