02 PM | 13 Jun

Puccini for Beginners

Puccini for Beginners – a Love Triangle of Operatic Proportions!

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival are holding a fundraiser screening of Maria Maggenti’s latest lesbian feature “Puccini for Beginners”.

Thursday, 28 June, 7 pm @ ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Flinders Street.

Tickets are: $15/12 with MQFF members $11.

Tickets on sale now at the ACMI Box office or by telephoning: 8663 2583 or on the door on the night. Enquiries: info@melbournequeerfilm.com.au

With fabulous door prizes on offer, don’t miss the only Melbourne cinema screening of this hit international queer film fest favourite.

From the writer/director of “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love. A love triangle of operatic proportion.

Allegra loves Samantha. But she won’t say so. Grace loves Philip but he won’t marry her. Samantha leaves Allegra. Allegra meets Philip. Philip leaves Grace. Allegra falls for Philip. Allegra meets Grace. Grace falls for Allegra. Allegra falls for Grace. Allegra sees Philip and Grace simultaneously and has no idea they’re exes. A story about chance encounters, psychoanalytic excuses and one woman’s struggle to make a commitment, “Puccini for Beginners” is a sophisticated screwball sex comedy.

Nominated, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival, smash hit opening night at San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and LA Outfest. Film website and trailers:

http://www.logoonline.com/shows/events/puccini_for_beginners/

01 PM | 12 Jun

Misc. Too

WHAT: Misc. Too Sound Activities by Jen Teo

WHEN: Opening Wednesday June 20, 6pm Thur June 21-30 (Thur-Sat 11-5)

WHERE: DON’T LOOK Experimental New Media Gallery 419 New Canterbury Rd (Near Marrickville Rd), Dulwich Hill, Sydney

WHO: Jen Teo

CONTACT: Greg Shapley – Ph: 0401 152 434 EMAIL: dontlookgallery@gmail.com WEB: http://myspace.com/dontlookgallery

Misc. Too Jen Teo

Last year Dave O’Donoghue was invited into Don’t Look Gallery and given eight hours to create an interactive audio monster from the stockpile of analogue equipment out the back. He successfully made a fragile, but amazing machine that relied on the interdependence of its components for continued existence.

This year, sound artist Jen Teo (http://www.plumindustries.org) has been invited to do her interpretation of a sonic Frankenstein. Morphing reel-to-reel tape recorders, fluorescent lights, timers, record players, movie projectors, old television sets, radios, amps, speakers a variety of circuitry and numerous doo-dads, and wochamacallits, Teo will make a truly awe-inspiring rhizomic creation.

A physical web of circuitry, Teo’s monster will encompass the audience, turning passive observers into vital components. Just like O’Donoghue, Teo will be making both a profound statement about obsolescence, and a captivating spectacle that will play on our minds long after the puzzle pieces have been severed from the collective and returned from whence they came.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT GREG SHAPLEY ON 0401 152 434 OR EMAIL dontlookgallery@gmail.com

12 PM | 09 Jun

Factory Girl

Finally, -) I have been waiting for this film to be released for months!

NOVA Cinema, Melbourne has an exclusive release of  FACTORY GIRL screening from June 21.

Sienna Miller plays the legendary Edie Sedgwick, the ‘poor little rich girl’ born to American aristocracy and the cinematic muse to pop-art genious Andy Warhol, brilliantly portrayed here by Guy Pearce. Incandescent and irresistible, Edie captures Andy and the world’s attention until she falls for a rebellious rock star (Hayden Christenson) who represents everything that Andy is not – where Andy is all cool surfaces, Danny burns with the fire of his convictions. Danny pushes Edie to free herself from Andy, who dismisses her from the Factory when he discovers her affair. As her world collapses, Danny abandons her too, and she falls into a downward spiral of addiction and tragedy. A fragile shooting star who dazzled the world with her beauty, style, glamour and wealth, Edie Sedgwick was one of the great pop icons of the 1960’s. This is her story.

And still to come, but no release date has been anounced Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Dianne Arbus Director: Steven Shainberg (Secretary) Starring: Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jnr, Ty Burrell

Inspired by Patricia Bosworth’s book “ Diane Arbus: A Biography”, Fur pays homage to Arbus, a brilliant artistic talent who challenged accepted notions of beauty and ugliness and dramatically influenced American photography through her radical techniques and subject matter. Aptly, the filmmakers have conjured Fur, not as a biography, but as something different, unique and mysterious, intertwining real aspects of Arbus’ life with imaginary narrative. The film captures the real life dilemma of a 1958 housewife who is torn between love for her husband and children and her profound need to create and explore through her art.

Check out the NOVA http://www.cinemanova.com

Btw, I wish the NOVA would be able to label their choc tops as gluten-free or not!