Thursday 13 April 2017

Digitisation, Restorations and Revivals (23) - WAKE IN FRIGHT, KILLING GROUND, Kurosawa's back, TCM Festival, Scandal at the AGNSW

Associate Editor (Restorations and Revivals) Simon Taaffe has come across the following screenings and other information. Click on the links for times, more detail etc where indicated.

Ted Kotcheff
Wake in Fright in New York
At New York’s esteemed Film Forum a screening of the greatest of ‘our’ movies Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Fright, followed by a Q&A with Kotcheff and sales and signings of Kotcheff’s memoir Director’s Cut: My Life in Film (written with Josh Young). Click on this link for more details Ted Kotcheff

….and  more from Bordwell on murder in the outback
Few Oz movies have made it into the commentaries posted by the highly-esteemed David Bordwell and his magnificent blog Observations on Film Art but the current lead item has a lengthy report on the program of the Wisconsin Film Festival and includes an intriguing para on a new Australian film Killing Ground, directed by Damien Power and presumably made in the last year or so that was in the festival selection.

Kurosawa back at the SFF, ACMI, NFSA
46 years to the day after the Sydney Film Festival programmed a Kurosawa retrospective, he’s coming back again, again selected by David Stratton, and this time also touring to ACMI and the NFSA’s Arc Cinema in Canberra. Sydney details here ($19.50 walk up price) and Melbourne details here ($18.00 walk up price).

TCM Film Festival
Just gone by is this very popular event in Hollywood, organized on behalf of what used to be, until someone took it off, the only movie channel on Foxtel worth worrying about. The home page tells us The 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival will cover a wide range of programming themes, including our central theme Make ‘Em Laugh: Comedy In The Movies. Working directly with the Hollywood studios, the world’s notable film archives, and private collectors, our programs feature some of the most revered movies of all time—many with new restorations—and long lost gems.

In keeping with TCM tradition, all Festival screenings include special introductions to provide context about each film. Specific details about this unique fan experience will be announced in the weeks ahead, including guest appearances by actors, actresses, directors, producers and other key figures.

One day folks, one day, we’ll have a festival like this or Bologna devoted to old movies and a festival like New York’s New Directors event devoted to the brightest of the new. One day…

Among the restorations  and new digital copies on show at TCM are Cock of the Air (Tom Buckingham, 1931) a scandalous Howard Hughes production, The Egg and I (Chester Erskine, 1947), Danny Kaye’s greatest film and one of the two funniest films of all time, The Court Jester (Melvin Frank & Norman Panama, 1955), The Underworld Story (Cy Endfield, 1950) and in 3D, Those Redheads from Seattle (Lewis R Foster, 1953). "The pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle" See why I say it.

Scandal at the AGNSW

Coming in a little while when the excitement of the Sydney Film Festival is over, a long season of once a week screenings under the rubric Straight-laced and Scandalous. Curated by Robert Herbert and with selection not yet finalized all films will be screened on film, mostly 35mm. (The AGNSW doesn’t have any digital equipment, so necessity is a virtue.) 

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