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OPEN-AIR CINEMA. THE STRUGGLE FOR AFFIRMATION. AUSTRALIAN FILM SERIES

8-29 July 2015

OPEN-AIR CINEMA. THE STRUGGLE FOR AFFIRMATION. AUSTRALIAN FILM SERIES

Time: 10:30 p.m.
Open-air cinema

This summer, the CGAC is resuming its open-air cinema events with a series dedicated to Australian cinema.

Every Wednesday and Thursday during the month of July—in collaboration with the Centro de Linguas Modernas (Modern Language Centre) at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), the Australian Embassy, and ASBA (Australia Spain Business Association)—the CGAC will screen seven films under the stars from filmmakers Stephan Elliott, Bruce Beresford, David Michôd, Peter Weir, Ray Lawrence, Ted Kotcheff e Simon Wincer. On Tuesday 14 and 21 July, at 6:00 p.m., the USC will also hold two sessions at the School of Philosophy, as a complement to the series.

‘Australian cinema is a clear example of the struggle that the better part of national cinema has faced to find a place in the global animation scene. Despite having made films since the very beginning of cinema, it has always been subject to the pressure of the American—and, to a lesser extent, British—industry.

This did not keep Australia from contributing professionals to other cinemas throughout the twentieth century, most notably Errol Flynn, Peter Finch and Rod Taylor, all of whom led exciting careers in the Hollywood market.

The great revitalisation of this cinema began in the nineteen-seventies when, in line with the model developed by other industries, the Australian Film Commission was established. Its purpose was to expand the country's opportunities on the international level. As a result, at that time a series of directors began to emerge, such as Peter Weir, Bruce Beresford, George Miller, Phillip Noyce and Baz Luhmann, whose fresh perspectives and models managed to turn Australia into a point of reference in the contemporary audiovisual arena.’


Ángel Luis Hueso
Chairman of the Art History Department (History of Film), USC


FILM CALENDAR

Wednesday, 8 July
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Director: Stephan Elliott
Cast: Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce
Australia, 1994 / 104 min
Not recommended for children under 13

Three cabaret artists living in Sydney are hired for an acting job for several weeks at a hotel located in Australia's Red Desert. Felicia and Mitzi, drag queens, and Benardette, a transsexual, attempt to cross the entire country on a bus with the music blaring and the cabin stuffed with sequins and platform shoes.




Thursday, 9 July
Breaker Morant
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson
Australia, 1979 / 107 min
Not recommended for children under 14
Three Australian deputies are sent to a drumhead court marshal to be tried for murder. The official in charge of the proceedings reads over the preliminary notes implicating Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant, George Witton and Peter Handcock in the death of a German missionary and several Boer prisoners confined in a jail guarded by the British army. The defending official, Commander Thomas, begins to realise that the proceedings are plagued by inconsistencies.



Wednesday, 15 July
Animal Kingdom
Director: David Michôd
Cast: James Frecheville, Guy Pierce, Joel Edgerton
Australia, 2010 / 112 min
Not recommended for children under 16

Following the death of his mother, Joshua ‘J’ Cody must move in with his grandmother, Janine, who lives in Melbourne with her three sons, Andrew, Darren and Craig, all of whom are involved in illegal activity. The boy inevitably winds up in the midst of his uncles' shady dealings, especially when his family goes up against the local authorities. This situation ultimately leads to a series of cold-blooded murders.



Thursday, 16 July
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Director: Peter Weir
Cast: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert
Australia, 1975 / 118 min
Appropiate for all Viewers

On Valentine's Day in 1900, a group of schoolgirls decide to have a picnic at Hanging Rock. Some of them just might not make it back...


Wednesday, 22 July
Lantana
Director: Ray Lawrence
Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey
Australia, 2001 / 121 min
Not recommended for children under 18

Four couples are entangled in a diabolical web of love, deceit, sex and death. Not everyone will come out alive. During his investigation, detective Leon Zat wends his way through a dark labyrinth of interpersonal relationships to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a woman married to an important businessman.



Thursday, 23 July
Wake in Frighy
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Cast: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty
Australia, 1971 / 109 min
Not recommended for children under 16

John Grant, a brilliant professor who arrives in a mining city located in an inhospitable desert, decides to spend the night there before catching a flight to Sydney. However, five nights come and go, and it would appear that Grant is slowly headed for self-destruction. But when the effects of the alcohol begin to distort his perception of reality, an unpleasant aspect of his personality surfaces, which translates into great disdain for himself.




Wednesday, 29 July
The Lighthorsemen
Director: Simon Wincer
Cast: Peter Phelps, Nick Waters, John Larking
Australia, 1987 / 131 min
Not recommended for children under 16

This film takes place in Palestine in 1917. During World War I (1914-1918), the British armed forces advanced toward Gaza, but the Turkish troops fended off their attack. Among the troops involved were the legendary Lighthorsemen, a heroic group of Australian horsemen. One soldier from this force is wounded during an air raid and is transferred to a hospital, where he meets a nurse with whom he becomes close friends.




USC screenings at the School of Philosophy:

Tuesday, 14 July
Peter Weir's Gallipoli, 1981

Tuesday, 21 July
Peter Weir's The Year of living Dangerously, 1982


Entry free of charge. All films will be screened in original version with subtitles in Spanish. In case of rain, the films will be screened in the CGAC auditorium. The CGAC cafeteria will be open during the screenings and serving film kits (beverages, hamburgers, popcorn coffee...) that will help you get into the spirit of things and enjoy an authentic summer cinema event.

At 9:30 p.m. on the 29th, as a way of marking the series' end, the Australian Ambassador, Virgina Greville, and ASBA (Australia Spain Business Association) will invite guests to taste wine from their country, along with a small appetizer.


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