Winter film series

2015 Film, food, fashion and feeling



Dates + time

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


Doors open 5.45 pm, pay bar and snacks available
All films exempt from classification: 18 +

Tickets + Bookings

  • Single $16, $14 conc, $12 members at front desk or online


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Banner image: Iris Apfel. Photo Jeff Bark.

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.

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

Screening followed by Q&A with Professor John Uhr, Director, Centre for the Study of Australian Politics, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.