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Wednesdays 10 June – 8 July
6.00pm | James O Fairfax Theatre


All films exempt from classification: 18 +


  • Series: $70, $60 concession, $50 members
  • Single session:  $16, $14 concession, $12 members



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Banner image: Iris Apfel. Photo Jeff Bark.

Film, food, fashion and feeling

Catch some of the most exciting recent cinema about art and culture in a program specially curated by film critic and curator Dr Simon Weaving.


(USA, 2014, 78 mins, rating TBC)

Wednesday 10 June, 6.30 pm

Legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) takes an intimate look at Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old designer and style icon who has had an extraordinary presence on the New Yorn scene for over fifty years. More than a fashion film, this is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. With her show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art an instant sell-out, Iris has become an inspiration who believes that fashion, art and people are life's sustenance. A witty celebration of creativity and individualism, the film reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.

"A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-­sharp wit" - Variety

Screening followed by a Q&A with Simon Weaving and Steven Wright - Senior Lecturer in Fashion, Canberra Institute of Technology.

National Gallery

(France/USA/UK, 2014, 181 minutes)

Wednesday 17 June, 6.30 pm

London's National Gallery is portrayed as a brilliant work of art in this insightful look at the inner workings of one of the world's foremost art institutions. Watch and listen as curators and docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner; visit the museum's restorers as they use magnifying glasses, tiny eye-droppers and scalpels to repair an infinitesimal chip; and attend administrative meetings where executives do battle about making the gallery less stodgy. But most of all, the film – from master documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's – lets us experience the joy of spending time with the masters of Vermeer and Caravaggio, Titian and Velázquez, Pissarro and Rubens, listening to art connoisseurs as they reveal the aesthetic, historical, religious and psychological underpinnings of these masterpieces.

El Somni [The Dream]

(Spain, 2014, 82 mins)

Wednesday 24 June, 6.30 pm

This sublimely cinematic film shows the creative process of over 40 international artists who participated in an extraordinary dinner put together as an opera in twelve dishes, with gastronomic creations by the world famous Roca brothers, from the restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Catalonia (named Best Restaurant in the World in 2013). An immersive visual experience from director Frank Aleu, the film reveals the passion and dedication that have taken the Roca brothers to the top, and the film mixes taste, music, flavour and smell with sublime imagery to create an unimaginable culinary journey.

Screening followed by a Q&A with Natasha Rudra, Food & Wine Editor, Canberra Times

Imber's left hand

(USA, 2014, 76 mins)

Wednesday 1 July, 6.30 pm

Australian premier. A bittersweet and deeply moving story of artist John Imber's courageous and darkly humorous response to the diagnosis of a deadly degenerative disease. The film traces Imber's life, career, and adaptations, switching from painting with his right hand to his left, then to both as the condition worsens. Adversity only makes him more determined and he completes more than 100 portraits in three months, including a self-portrait that becomes an unsettling metaphor of his psychological journey from living to dying through art, and a deeply moving tribute to the wonder of life itself.

Screening followed by a Skype Q&A with the film's Director, Richard Kane

Best of enemies

(USA, 2015, 87 mins)

Wednesday 8 July, 6.30 pm

A riveting documentary about the legendary series of televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Intended as commentary on the issues of their day, these vitriolic and explosive encounters came to define the modern era of public discourse, marking the big bang moment of our contemporary media landscape when spectacle trumped content and argument replaced substance. The film delves into the entangled biographies of these two great thinkers, examines the way television effects the way we discuss politics and asks what kind of person we should be in the modern world.

"there could scarcely be any documentary more enticing, scintillating and downright fascinating"
- The Hollywood Reporter