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Wednesdays 4 June – 9 July
6.00pm | James O Fairfax Theatre


  • Series ticket: $80, $70 concession, $60 members
  • Single tickets: $16, $14 concession, $12 members



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Top image: Movie still from 'Picasso's Gang' (2013)

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

Simon will introduce each film and afterwards there will be a Q&A, in some cases with the film's director via Skype.


Wednesday 4 June

This utterly unique documentary follows Mark Hogancamp who was beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, and who then rebuilt his life by creating a miniature World War II-era town called 'Marwencol' in his backyard. With dolls often representing friends and family, Mark's photography of the town's many dramas come to the attention of a New York Gallery, and suddenly his therapy is deemed "art", forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life and the real world that he's avoided since the attack. 

Screening followed by a Q&A with director Jeff Malmberg via Skype.

2011, M, 84 mins

Fifi Howls From Happiness

Wednesday 11 June

Bahman Mohassess was one of the most famous artists in pre-revolutionary Tehran, and admired by many connoisseurs in the West. In 2006, appalled by the state of his country and the world in general, he destroyed much of his work and disappeared. At least that's what he wanted people to believe. When a young Iranian filmmaker tracked him to a comfortable hotel room in Rome she captured not only his extraordinary and ribald views on art, but a fascinating and deeply moving portrait of a genius with a lust for life.

Screening followed by Q&A with Amin Palangi, artist and director of the Persian International Film Festival.

2013, 18+, 96 mins
Persian with English subtitles

Picasso's Gang

Wednesday 18 June

This cheeky and beautifully shot feature film follows the young genius Pablo Picasso, who in 1911 was accused – along with friends Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob, of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. Are they an international gang of art thieves or this all just a huge misunderstanding? Based on the truth it's a playful look at the bohemian life of some of the 20th century's greatest artists.

Screening followed by Q&A with Lucina Ward, Curator, International Art, National Gallery of Australia.

2013, 18+, 101 mins
Australian premiere
French with English subtitles

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

Wednesday 25 June

A thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, the larger-than-life personality who was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era. This fascinating account exposes not only his incredible genius, but the complex and creative web required to convince so many people of the authenticity of his fake masterpieces.

2014, 18+, 93 mins,
German with English subtitles
Australian premiere

A Story of Children and Film

Wednesday 2 July

Using footage from more than 50 of world's greatest films, enigmatic and passionate filmmaker Mark Cousins creates a personal and poetic essay exploring what cinema tells us about childhood, and what childhood tells us about cinema. Follow the surrealism, fun, destructiveness and stroppiness of children from David Lean's 1949 Great Expectations to Wes Anderson's 2012 Moonrise Kingdom, and everything in between.

Screening followed by a Skype Q&A with director Mark Cousins (TBC).

2013, 18+, 106 mins

Finding Vivian Maier

Wednesday 9 July

This astonishing documentary about the discovery of a woman now regarded as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th Century, plays like a detective thriller. Whilst living as a reclusive nanny, Vivian Maier secretly took more than 100,000 photographs and hid them from everyone. After coming across a box of negatives in a junkyard auction in 2011, filmmakers John Maloof and Charlie Siskel slowly work out who the mysterious woman was, where she came from, and what happened to her incredible legacy.

2014, 18+, 83 mins
Special advance screening