Thursday 7 July 2022

AT THE ART GALLERY OF NSW - CJ Johnson presents five lectures on the history of the Cinema - Commences 13 July

After presenting a sell-out series of three lectures at the Art Gallery of New South Wales earlier this year, friend of Cinema Reborn CJ Johnson returns with a new monthly series of five lectures, starting on 13 July and continuing through the end of the year. You can book the whole series or individual lectures, and you don’t need to be a member of the AGNSW to book. All details and booking information here:

CJ Johnson hosts the podcast Movieland. He is Head of Screen Storytelling at Sydney Film School, President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia, Film and TV Critic for ABC Radio's Nightlife, Lecturer in Cinema History at The Queen's Club and Sydney Actors School, and a screenwriter, playwright and script editor.

The Lectures:

Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire, The Bandwagon

Weds 13 July


Musicals are a fundamental, popular form of cinema. But when you think about them, they’re inherently ridiculous, or at least require a tremendous leap of imagination on the part of the audience. CJ examines the birth of the musical and how its early masters taught us to believe in people dropping everything to sing and dance.

Dennis O'Keefe, Ann Sheridan, Woman on the Run

Weds 24 August


Film noir is more than shadows, trench coats and femmes fatales. So what is it, exactly? How did it originate, develop, and what are its classic examples?

Humphey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca

Weds 14 September


It’s one of the most beloved films of all time; one of the most quoted, referenced, revived, rewatched, parodied and pinched from. But what is really going on in this staggeringly entertaining 1942 Warner Bros. classic? CJ offers an eye-opening deep read of a film you think you know.

Orson Welles, Touch of Evil

Weds 5 October


Orson Welles has a claim to being the ultimate filmmaker as public figure, celebrity, star and auteur; his life was even more fabulous and dramatic than any of his unique films (including his masterpiece Citizen Kane). CJ offers an entertaining ride through an astonishing life and bumpy career.

Jean-Luc Godard

Weds 09 November


What exactly constituted this major 1960s movement? Who drove it, what films did they make, and how - if at all - did it change cinema?

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