Monday 31 October 2022

(FREE) at the Italian Institute of Culture - A roundtable on The Cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini: poetry, politics, provocation + THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

Pier Paolo Pasolini was murdered almost half a century ago. His output was astonishing, profound, and prolific: poetry, novels, essays (some on cinema itself), scripts, acting, theatre, journalism and filmmaking, all marked by a powerful political engagement. He made 13 features, episodes for four omnibus films and many documentary essays. His films provide insights into his own life: his origins, his sexuality, and his politics. They are films that have hardly aged, still engaging hearts and minds through their artful attention to day-to-day politics, personal values and how we lead our lives. Pasolini’s body of work is matchless.

Along with the celebrations for the centenary of his birth and, specifically, the retrospective dedicated to him to be held at the Cinema Ritz in Randwick, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney (co-organizer of the aforementioned retrospective) is pleased to invite you to a round table entitled The Cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini: poetry, politics, provocation. The event is organized in collaboration with Cinema Reborn.

We have invited the following speakers from a range of filmic and cultural interests, all passionate about Pasolini’s art, to share their thoughts and ideas about his films, politics and poetry:

  • Lauren Aimee Curtis is the author of Dolores, which was shortlisted for the Readings Prize, the UTS Glenda Adams Award, and was chosen as a New Statesman ‘Book of the Year.’ Her fiction and essays have appeared in Granta, The White Review, Sydney Review of Books, Fireflies, and elsewhere.
  • Bruce Isaacs, Associate Professor (University of Sydney), is interested in a wide range of cinema topics including film aesthetics and style, critical approaches to film production and film and popular culture. He regularly posts cinema articles online – 'The Great Movie Scenes' and 'Close-up' – on The Conversation website.
  • Susanna Scarpara: Building upon her interest in Italian and Comparative Literature,pasolini seduto Susanna has written on a range of film and cultural topics with a focus on Italian and women’s cinema. She is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Life) at the University of Sydney.
  • James Vaughan is a Sydney-based filmmaker. 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 in Sight & Sound's annual critics' poll as one of the 50 best films of 2021.

Chair: With a production background in journalism, television and documentary, Jane Mills has written and broadcast widely on cinema, screen literacy, censorship and feminism. She is Hon. A/Professor (UNSW), Sydney Film Festival Advisory Panel member and a programmer for Antenna Documentary Festival.

Free entry. Limited seats.

Booking essential:

It will be also possible to follow the roundtable at the following Zoom link: 


Date: Friday, November 04, 2022

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura 

In collaboration with : Cinema Reborn 

Entrance : Free 


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Level 4, 125 York Str

AND.... there's still more Pasolini at the Randwick Ritz. This week his masterpiece THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. Details if you click here

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