Keep your eyes on the screen and nose in a book with Golden Age

to kill a mockingbird

The Golden Age Cinema in Sydney is set to become a haven for literary lovers and film aficionados alike, as they present a program full of films adapted from and inspired by some of the best books of recent history.

First cab off the rank is a special appearance by author and illustrator of All The Buildings in Sydney, James Gulliver Hancock, who is set to present Jacques Tati’s 1967 film Playtime on Wednesday 13th of May. In what Hancock calls an “architectural comedy”, Tati’s beloved befuddled Frenchman Monsieur Hulot attempts to make his way to a job interview through a surreal, ultra-modern Paris.

From May 19 to May 24 it’s Book Week at the Golden Age, with the cinema presenting some of their favourite bookish films. The Golden Price film is Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders, starring Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez. Then, over the weekend look forward to Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, storybook favourite The Princess Bride, matinee classic To Kill A Mockingbird, and caustic New York novelist comedy Listen Up Philip.

Finally, Sydney Story Factory (SSF), a not-for-profit creative writing centre in Redfern, will guest present Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic book Where The Wild Things Are on Wednesday 20th of May. Jonze and novelist Dave Eggers, whose literacy program 826 Valencia in San Francisco was the inspiration behind SSF, wrote the film’s screenplay.

The SSF will be represented by Deputy Storyteller Matt Roden, who will appear in conversation with writer and SSF volunteer Benjamin Law, and Kate Jinx, Director of Programming at Golden Age. This is a screening you don’t want to miss, with 50% of ticket sales going to SSF and all attendees receiving a copy of The Sweet Stuff, a publication of works written by SSF kids.

For more information on all screenings, and to purchase tickets, head to Golden Age website.