The good folks at the Waverly Council are presenting a pretty fantastic season of Australian cinema at the Bondi Pavilion over the next couple of months under the Screen Citizens banner. Hosted by critic Peter Castaldi, each screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with one of the filmmakers involved, to give some insight into the prcoess and challenges of making cinema in Australia.
As acting General Manager Cathy Henderson says, “Bondi has long been recognised as a thriving creative community with musicians, visual artists, writers, film makers and thought-leaders all contributing to our rich cultural fabric.
“To celebrate and acknowledge the talent of our local film makers we are running this series of film screening and talks.
“Each screening will include a discussion with the director, producer or writers of the film who will share the stories of making their films in the context of the Australian film industry. This is a rare opportunity and one not to be missed.”
Starting with the Indigenous musical Bran Nue Dae and wrapping up with the unjustly obscure Vietnam War classic The Odd Angry Shot, the season showcases the incredible diversity of Australian screen content. Check out the full program:
Bran Nue Dae Thursday 5 October, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Guest Speaker: Producer, Graeme Isaac
The life of the story – its different creations, journeys and outcomes and adapting from Stage to Screen.
Burning Man Thursday 12 October, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Guest Speaker: Writer/Director Jonathan Teplitzky skyping in from London
From Burning Man to The Railway Man – a local to an international film directing career and working across different industries.
The Rocket Thursday 19 October, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Guest Speakers: Writer/Director, Kim Mordaunt and Producer, Sylvia Wilczynski
Making films for international audiences and shooting in overseas locations.
Eye of the Storm Thursday 26 October, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Guest Speaker: Producer Antony Waddington
The significance of passion projects and the smaller films – why we make them.
Starstruck (National Film and Sound Archives digital restored) Thurday 23 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Guest Speaker: Producer, David Elfick
From cult film to Australian classic. The unexpected life of a film and the importance of Australian film culture.
The Odd Angry Shot (National Film and Sound Archives digital restored) Thursday 30 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Speakers: Writer/Producer Tom Jeffrey and Producer Sue Milliken.
Risk taking in contemporary Australian film making and are we still doing this?