The program for this year’s Golden Age’s Autumn is a whopper! From art, comedy, music, talks, fashion and food – these things come before talking about any of the films.
In the last two years, Golden Age have brought a new way of experiencing film. Since opening up a boutique cinema and bar, they have introduced the Golden Age Gallery, which is a contemporary space occupying the former film storage vaults of Paramount House. The Golden Age Gallery will launch during Art month with “Green-eyed monster eating its own tail”, curated by Artistic Director Berry Keldoulis. This will take place from March 5-20 with exhibition including artworks by Tracey Moffatt, John Citizen (aka Gordon Bennett), Heath Franco, Tom Polo, Christine Dean, PJ Hickman and Grant Stevens.
Coincinding with the opening of Golden Age Gallery, the cinema will be showcasing two special Sunday Guest Presents sessions. The first one will include the documentary Who Gets To Call Art? which will explore the life and impact of Henry Geldzahler, who was appointed as the Curator for American Art at New York’s MoMA. The second will be Top Gun, which was chosen in the influence of artist Grant Stevens. His work will feature in Golden Age Gallery and also at another exhibition as part of Art Month.
SYDNEY EXCLUSIVE: VICTORIA
The cinematic powerhouse of a film Victoria will be showcasing on the Golden Screen from 31 March. This will be an exclusive film premiere for Golden Age in Sydney as it was shot in one take following a young woman’s night out in Berlin that eventually turns out to be extremely dangerous and frightening. At the German Film Awards, it managed to win Best Film. Director, Actress, Actor and Cinematography. Other films such as Christian Petzold’s Phoenix and Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis will also be screening in Sydney.
PATRICIA HIGHSMITH’S FORBIDDEN LOVE
With its latest film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Carol, the title stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara with both actors being in the running for Oscars for their performances. Alongside this film, two Highsmith-adapted features will be included in the program as well including Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr Ripley. The Hunger featuring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon, and The Children’s Hour starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine too.
STRAIGHT OUTTA BROOKLYN
Following the story of a young woman who has to choose between Ireland and the land of milk and honey, the Oscar-nominated Brooklyn will also be included in the Golden Age Cinema program. The film stars Saoirise Ronan with the screening to take place on St. Patrick’s Day at Golden Age. Other cult favourites including Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Dog Day Afternoon will also be shown.
COEN BROS: THAT’S THEIR OPINION, MAN
Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are back with their latest film, Hail, Caesar!, set in the golden age of 1950s Hollywood, it features an all-star cast including George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tida Swinton, Frances McDormand and Channing Tatum. Other favourites from the Coen brothers such as The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou? will be screening too. Alongside these comedies, the Hollywood Industry classic, Singin’ in the Rain will also be showing.
COMEDIANS TALK OVER MOVIES
On Friday 18 March, Jurassic Park will dominate the front row as the comics behind the live film quiz panel Spoiler Alert will be there. Rhys Nicholson, Kyran Wheatley, Ray Badran and special guests will join audiences for an exclusive live commentary. This will be co-presented by Giant Dwarf.
PELVIS PRESENT GOOD THURSDAY
The dance freaks of Pelvis DJs will be launching a special screening of experimental documentary Hail the New Puritan (1987), which was made by Charles Atlas following the story of the Scottish choreographer Michael Clark. This cult art classic features Leigh Bowery and music by The Fall and Glenna Branca.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Due to popular demand, the 1975 cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show will now be screened on the first Friday of every month. Ticket-holders will be provided with party packs and instructions on how to get involved each season.
The Guest Presents program in Autumn will include talented guests and fascinating film titles. As part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival, Golden Age will be presenting The Royal Road. Big Fashion Sale is presenting Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer; Two Thousand Film Club watches Dogs in Space; Alaska Projects has selected Hal Hartley’s Trust; with more to be announced.
All films will be on sale on the Golden Age website from Monday February 29 (today).
For more information on Golden Age Cinema and their program, check out their website here: www.ourgoldenage.com.au