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CLIFF programme 2016


7.00pm  Backroads (Australia 1976) 63mins (M) – 40th Anniversary Screening
Screening followed by a Q&A with actor, activist and academic Gary Foley.
Bill Hunter and Gary Foley embark on the road to self-destruction in this micro-budget Outback Easy Rider.
Director Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm/Rabbit Proof Fence) and cast fashion a tense, gritty, knockabout and darkly comedic polemic that serves as fascinating time capsule and bold examination of the racial divide. It’s also a lot of fun. Not to be missed.

9.00pm  Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia) (Italy 2016) 118mins (M)
Donatella and Beatrice escape from a psychiatric facility in Tuscany. Their delirious adventures roam from hilarity to stark tragedy and reveal much of how these damaged women see the world (and how the world sees them).

Director Paolo Virzì’s (Human Capital) new comedy-drama sizzles with crackling dialogue and a warm, humanistic intensity.
Brilliant, moving film.



12.00pm  The Picture of Dorian Gray (UK 1945) 110mins (PG)
Oscar Wilde’s witty, slyly autobiographical and masterfully profound novel superbly translated to the big screen.

The once angelic and aristocratic Dorian is tempted into a hedonistic life of depravity and dissolution. Yet, though the decades advance, his face retains the eerie perfection captured in his faustian portrait.
Filmed in lustrous B+W (with shocking moments of Technicolor), this is rightly considered the definitive telling of Wilde’s classic novel.

2.00pm  Out of the Closets (Australia 2016) 12mins (PG)
Premiere Screening: Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and original activists

In 1970s Melbourne a group of students made a stand for gay liberation at a time when homosexuality was criminalised and homophobia, discrimination and abuse was widespread.
More than 40 years on, Gay Lib members reflect on gay pride, the impact of the era and the true meaning of ‘the personal is political.’
This short documentary film features interviews with Gay Lib members, archival images from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives collection, and original Super 8 footage of 1970s Gay Lib and Women’s Lib activities filmed and edited by Barbara Creed.

3.00pm  Orson Welles’ The Trial (Le Procès) (France/Croatia 1963) 119mins (PG)
Orson Welles considered this to be his very best film. We’re inclined to agree.

A giddy and surreal retelling of Franz Kafka’s celebrated novel, The Trial stars Anthony Perkins (Psycho) as the beleaguered Joseph K in perpetual, quixotic joust with an elusive and arcanely bureaucratic ‘Justice’ system (embodied, at times, by a corpulent Welles himself).
Rarely seen on the big screen since its original release, The Trial is not to be missed.

7.30pm  Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) (Argentina/Spain 2014) 122mins (MA15+)
Six wild and passionate tales of delirious Latin-esque coincidence and revenge from acclaimed director Damián Szifrón.

A darkly humorous deconstruction of family, society and civilization, a cast of untamed characters explore the limits of patience, road rage, diner cuisine and wedding catering. According to Szifrón, ”The theme is the pleasure of losing control. Releasing the beast.” Unmissable.

10.00pm  The Hourglass Sanatorium (Sanatorium Pod Klepsydra) (Poland 1973) 124mins (M)
Described as ‘the most dream-like film ever made’ – a ‘Polish Holy Mountain’ – Wojciech Has’ The Hourglass Sanatorium is bizarre, impressionistic and haunting. It’s also the most expensive film ever made in Poland.

A Jewish man journeys by dilapidated train to visit his sick father in a Gothic and abandoned sanatorium and endures a series of strange, timeless and symbolic adventures.
Based on the acclaimed writings of Bruno Schulz and sandwiched somewhere between David Lynch and Luis Bunuel, The Hourglass Sanatorium is a grand exercise in cinematic surrealism.



11.00am  Gerald McBoing-Boing (US 1950) 8mins (G)
Considered by some to be the “best cartoon ever made”, this witty, lively and charming film follows the adventures of a little boy who can say nothing but “Boing!” Academy award winning short, written by the legendary Dr. Suess.

The Boy with Green Hair (US 1948) 82mins (PG)
This haunting parable presents the story of an American war orphan whose hair mysteriously turns green.

Producer Howard Hughes screamed at its young star to tone down the pacifist message. Director Joseph Losey was consequently blacklisted and moved to Europe. Yet, the film endures as a forgotten triumph. A beautiful, wise and engaging movie for the whole family. And, the debut of Eden Ahbez’s wonderful song, Nature Boy.

1.00pm  Local Film Competitions
Screening of all nominated films in the Local Adults, Youth and Kids film competitions. Winners and prizes announced at the end of screening. Enter your locally-made/locals-made film for a chance to win impressive prizes and main street kudos. More details on the CLIFF website.

4.00pm  The Masque of the Red Death (US 1964) 89mins (M)
Prince Prospero (Vincent Price) and Jane Asher (Paul McCartney’s then muse) retreat to his palatial castle to survive the coming plague. All manner of decadence and surreal trials ensue.

The definitive Edgar Allen Poe adaption (and best Roger Corman film) looks sumptuous and reverberates with a pantheon of moral and philosophical questions. Epic filmmaking.

7.00pm  High Rise (UK 2016) 119mins (R)
Stylish, utterly bonkers and devilishly funny riff on J. G. Ballard’s novel about distilled class conflict  in a skyscraper/gated community/social microcosm.

Jeremy Irons as mad scientist/property developer/idealist/sociopathic dictator, soundtracked by Portishead doing down-tempo Abba.
Sienna Miller attempts to scale the tower as life for the residents begins to run out of control.
Delirious fable of Thatcherite Britain or catalogue of post-capitalist collapse? Fantastic.



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