Pasolini: A Centenary Retrospective
Brought to you by Ritz Cinemas in association with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Sydney,
Cinema Reborn, Cineteca Bologna and Fare Cinema
The Ritz, Randwick,
Sundays from 16 October – 11 December at 4:00pm
Sunday, Oct 16. 4:00 pm. Accattone (1961). Introduced by Hon. Associate Professor Jane Mills (UNSW). With a production background in journalism, television and documentary film, Jane has written and broadcast widely on cinema, screen literacy, censorship, feminism, and human rights. She is a member of the Sydney Film Festival’s Advisory Panel and a Programmer for the Antenna Documentary Festival. She is co-convening this Pasolini retrospective with Angelica Waite.
Sunday, Oct 23. 4:00 pm. Mamma Roma (1962). Introduced by Associate Professor Giorgia Alù,Chair of the Italian Studies Department at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature, Italian cultural and social history, comparative literature and visual studies. Publications include: Journeys Exposed: Women's Writing, Photography, and Mobility andBeyond the traveller's gaze: expatriate ladies writing in Sicily(1848-1910).
Sun, Oct 30. 4:00 pm. Love Meetings/Comizi d’amore (1965). Introduced by Jessica Ellicott, a film critic and programmer at Golden Age Cinema & Bar. Her writing on film has featured in The Big Issue, SBS Movies, Runway Journal and 4:3. Jessica’s experience in the film industry spans independent distribution, festivals and media, gained across roles at Transmission Films, SBS Movies and Sydney Film Festival.
Sunday, Nov 6. 4:00 pm. The Gospel According to Matthew/Il vangelo secondo Matteo (1964). Introduced by Associate Professor Bruce Isaacs who teaches Film Studies at the University of Sydney and is interested in a range of film studies-related topics: histories of film film aesthetics and style, critical approaches to film production, film and popular culture.Bruce regularly posted articles on 'The Great Movie Scenes' and now on 'Close-up.' See all his articles at: https://theconversation.com/profiles/bruce-isaacs-106382/articles
Sun, Nov 13. 4:00 pm. The Hawks and the Sparrows/Uccellacci e uccellini (1966). Introduced by Dr Nicky Hannan, a sessional lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney and a passionate lover of Pasolini’s work. He writes on cinematic temporality, mood, and affect, and is particularly interested in intersections between literature, philosophy, and cinema.
Sun, Nov 20. 4:00 pm. Oedipus Rex/Edipo re (1967). Introduced by James Vaughan who is a Sydney-based filmmaker and a committee member of Cinema Reborn Film Festival. His debut feature, Friends and Strangers (2021) was the first Australian film to premiere in the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Tiger Competition and was named by Sight & Sound as one of the 50 best films of 2021.
Sunday, Nov 27. 4:00 pm. Medea (1969). Introduced by Angelica Waite, a committee member of Cinema Reborn Film Festival. With a BA (Hons) in Film Studies, her Honours research centred around Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-Up (1990), exploring dynamics of performativity, transformation, and generative processes of ‘truthmaking’ in documentary film. She’s a co-founder of The Film Group, a collaborative screening and publication project focussing on documentary and artists' moving image and is co-convening this Pasolini retrospective with Jane Mills.
Sun, Dec 4. 4:00 pm. Pigsty/Porcile (1969). Introduced by Janice Tong, by day the managing director for a tech media company, and by night a cinephile. Her thesis was on love, time and memory in the films of Wong Kar-wai and she has published on Wong in Focus: 25 New Takes, on Georges Bataille and Pier-Paolo Pasolini in the philosophy journal Contretemps, and on Claude Sautet in Senses of Cinema.
Sun, Dec 11. 4:00 pm. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom/Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975). Introduced by Professor Catharine Lumby, Chair of the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney. Her expertise includes matters relating to gender equality, cultural diversity, sexual violence prevention, young people and media, social media, and media content regulation.
We are also pleased to announce the launch of Writing on Burning Paper, a beautiful celebration of the life and work of Pasolini. published by Fireflies Press.This book brings together a collection of written and visual contributions from a host of contemporary filmmakers as well as a new translation of Pasolini's poem Poet of Ashes.
The launch will take place at the Ritz Cinema on Sunday 11 December
immediately following the screening of Salò.