Winter Film Series

Wednesdays 15 June – 13 July 2016 | 6.30pm
James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia

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

Series (five films): Book here
$70, $60 concession, $50 members

Single session:
$16, $14 concession, $12 members

Wednesday 15 June, 6.30pm
Hockney (R 15+, unless accompanied by an adult)

(UK, 2015, 112 mins)
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An intimate and perceptive portrait that explores how a boy from working class origins in postwar Bradford became one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Engaging and with exclusive access to David Hockney and his archives, the film reveals the man, his influences and his phenomenal talents. View trailer

David Hockney

Wednesday 22 June, 6.30pm
Don't blink: Robert Frank (R 18+) 
(Canada, 2015, 82mins)
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An evocative look at Swiss-born American photographer Robert Frank, best known for groundbreaking 1958 photographs The Americans. With unprecedented access to Frank, now 90, irascible and funny, this is a wild and wonderful journey with a man who collaborated with Jack Kerouac and The Rolling Stones. Followed by Q&A with Simon Weaving and NGA photography curators, Shaune Lakin and Anne O'Hehir. View short clip

Robert Frank

Wednesday 29 June, 6.30pm
Francophonia (R 15+, unless accompanied by an adult)
(France, 2016, 90 mins)
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From renowned Russian director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark, Faust) comes an extraordinary cinematic essay about the Louvre, war booty, and the role of art as the spirit of civilisation. Blending archival footage from Nazi-occupied Paris with a fictitious tour through the Louvre with Napoleon Bonaparte, Sokurov creates a stunning love letter to the Louvre and a reminder of the fragility of culture. View trailer

Still from FRANCOFONIA. Courtesy of Music Box Films

Wednesday 6 July, 6.30pm
Heart of a dog
(R 15+, unless accompanied by an adult)
(USA, 2015, 76 mins)
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From the extraordinary talents of musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson comes an eloquent and beguiling story of love, death and what it means to be human. Anderson draws on childhood experiences, dreams and her extraordinary imagination as she takes a playful, lucid and heartbreaking journey through life with her beloved terrier Lolabelle as guide. Followed by Q and A with Simon Weaving with Gino Moliterno, former ANU film lecturer. View trailer

Laurie Anderson

Wednesday 13 July, 6.30pm
Philip Dadson: Sonics from Scratch (no age restrictions)

(NZ, 2015, 85 mins)
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A warm and entertaining portrait of sound artist and musician Phil Dadson, whose reputation for sonic invention and leadership of the ensemble Scratch took him all over the world. Featuring dynamic archival footage of their most iconic performances, this is a vivid portrait of creative ingenuity and a hymn to the role of collectivism in art. Followed by a Skype Q&A with Philip Dadson and director Orlando Stewart. View short clip

Philip Dadson during Pacific 321 Zero shoot