7pm Something Quite Peculiar:
The Life and Times of Steve Kilbey
(Australia/UK 2017 – Dir: Mike Brook) 85mins MA15+
Screening includes Introduction by Steve Kilbey, Q&A session and Kilbey performance
The Church’s ‘Under the Milky Way’ is one of the great Australian anthems. But for the man who wrote it, success became a portal into a world of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll that almost destroyed his life. This is the story of Steve Kilbey.
Most people know Kilbey for his memorable 1988 international hit song – a self-described ‘accident’ which kick-started a lost decade of heroin addiction and would eventually cost him his family and almost his mind.
A warts-and-all tale of one of our most talented, troubled rock legends, all the way from rags to redemption. Fuelled by Kilbey’s own brutal honesty and based on his memoir of the same name, Something Quite Peculiar delivers everything you’d ever want from a rock doco – dizzying stories, unsparing confessions and incredible music.
7pm The Killing of a Sacred Deer
(UK 2017 – Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos) 121mins R
From writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), and starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan and Alicia Silverstone, comes this spellbindingly artful psychological thriller. International purveyor of the bizarre, Lanthimos brings his idiosyncratic taste for absurdism, deadpan humour and unsettling provocation to this darkly comic modern rendering of the ancient Greek tragedy, Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis.
‘A shattering suburban nocturne about a rich, happy family surreally slip-sliding into hell that slinks around your subconscious like a hungry panther.’
Brilliant, intriguing and venomously funny, The Killing of a Sacred Deer will adhere.
9.30pm Suspiria (40th Anniversary 4K Restoration)
(Italy 1977 – Dir: Dario Argento) 92mins R
(UK 2015 – Dir: Prano Bailey-Bond) 15mins MA15+
A delirious, lysergic maelstrom of over-saturated art nouveau design, sublimely sculpted set-pieces and blood-honeyed atmosphere – in 1977 mad auteur Dario Argento crafted a film recently described as ‘not just AN Italian horror movie – it is THE Italian horror movie’.
Argento originally asked British art-rockers Pink Floyd to score his masterwork, though the job eventually fell to Italy’s own Goblin, with the resulting soundtrack a wild, breathy witch-cry – primal, exotic and unforgettable.
‘Suspiria is a masterpiece that should be viewed by movie buffs, and film students alike. It’s … perfect.’
CLIFF is proud to present the brand new 40th anniversary 4K restoration of this seminal fright-fest on the big screen.
Screens with Nasty, an aptly titled award-winning short about a son’s search for his missing father.
11am Deep End
(UK/Poland 1970 – Dir: Jerzy Skolimowski) 88mins R
Compared with the best of Godard, Truffaut and Polanski, Deep End – a film that made David Lynch ‘freak out’ – is formed by an absurdist sensibility, uninhibited, sometimes improvised performances and a heightened, opaque reality.
Featuring Jane Asher, Cat Stevens, Diana Dors, a rundown bathhouse and a teenage boy’s fragile obsessions and swinging from awkward, unvarnished comedy to tragic pathos, this is truly an unconventional coming-of-age tale.
After being lost for decades, this vivid, rapturous film now returns in a restored print. Considered a defining cinema moment, as well as one of the most acute portraits of London ever on screen, Deep End is a wonder to behold.
1pm Theorem (Italian language with English subtitles)
(Italy 1968 – Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini) 98mins R
In this surreal, richly complex and provocative allegory, director Pier Paolo Pasolini explores family dynamics, the intersection of class and sex, and the nature of different sexualities.
After winning a prize at the Venice Festival, Theorem was subsequently banned on an obscenity charge, but Pasolini eventually won an acquittal due to the film’s ‘high artistic value’. A visually ravishing film, with superb performances from all of the cast, it also has a brilliantly eclectic soundtrack – with music ranging from Mozart and Ennio Morricone to the sound of chirping birds.
First-ever Australian screening for this fully restored Pasolini masterpiece.
3.15pm A Space Exodus 6mins
Nation Estate 10mins
In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain 30mins
(Palestine/Denmark/UK/Qatar 2008–2016 – Dir: Larissa Sansour) M (Multiple languages with English subtitles)
An astounding triptych of breathtakingly beautiful films that reside in the nexus between sci-fi, archaeology and history.
Combining live action and CGI, humour and fantasy, director Larissa Sansour explores the roles of myth, fact and identity in wry tales that seek to gently disrupt prevailing narratives of culture and place.
Beguiling and slyly hypnotic: visit an alien, desertscape dystopian future not so different from the here and now.
4.30pm My Dinner with Andre
(US 1982 – Dir: Louis Malle) 110mins PG
Malle’s extraordinary film defies the conventions of filmmaking and storytelling. It’s about … two people having dinner.
Though confined in a swanky New York restaurant, through the astounding weave of their conversational jousts, amiable jibes and passive putdowns we’re taken to an incredible and unique psychological landscape. This film has to be seen to be believed.
7pm Liberation Day
(North Korea/Slovenia 2016 – Dirs: Morten Traavik and Ugis Olte) 100mins M
Introduction and Q&A with writer, tour guide and expert on North Korea James Scullin.
Obscure Slovenian art-rockers, Laibach, somehow cop an invite to be the first-ever Western rock-group to play in North Korea. What follows is equal parts incongruity and hilarity as the bewildered band and their entourage navigate the labyrinthine hermit-state mores, cultural chasms and pensive bureaucracy.
An arch, discombobulating (and documentary) Spinal Tap played out in fortress state North Korea.
9.30pm Wrong Side of the Road
(Australia 1981 – Dir: Ned Lander) 79mins M
Introduction/Q&A with Carroll Karpany (US Mob)
This fully restored, semi-autobiographical road movie about two groundbreaking Indigenous bands – No Fixed Address and Us Mob – pulls no punches in portraying the socio-political issues that Aboriginal Australians faced at the time. This classic piece of Oz cinematic history is still fiercely relevant even up to this day.
10.30am The Giving Tree
(US 1973 – Dir: Charlie Hayward) 10mins G
(UK 1948 – Dir: David Lean) 105mins G
Superb, expressionistic-noir photography illuminates David Lean’s renowned adaption of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist with a deep, industrial chiaroscuro quality. In Dickens’ classic tale, an orphan winds his way from cruel apprenticeship to a London den of thieves in search of a true home – illustrating ‘the principle of Good surviving through every adverse circumstance’.
Screens with the rarely seen 1973 animated short, The Giving Tree, narrated by its creator, the legendary Shel Silverstein.