Explore the flow from Indonesia
At approximately 5am on May 29 2006, villagers living in the Sidoarjo district of East Java, Indonesia noticed plumes of gas and heavy liquid pouring from a crack in the earth. Experts believe the mud volcano was triggered by an unstable commercial drilling operation just 500 feet from the volcano epicentre, though the company denies responsibility. Four years on, the flow of mud and toxic gases continues. It is expected to continue for the next 30 years, in fact, spilling the equivalent of 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of mud onto the surrounding countryside every 24 hours. And while the Indonesian government and commercial interests haggle over liability, 30,000 people have been displaced, their homes literally drowned in the flood. This year, the Indonesian Film Festival includes a short film called Children of Mud, which takes us into the human heart of the Sidoarjo disaster. It follows Rafi, a boy whose district is slowly sinking, as he sets off on a quest to find medicine for his mother, who has been poisoned by the toxic fumes spilling from the volcano. Against the backdrop of a decimated land, Children of Mud is a story of love and survival. The festival also features survival stories of a different kind, such as Paul Agusta’s groundbreaking experimental film At the Very Bottom of Everything (Official Selection: 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam), which chronicles his battle with bi-polar personality disorder, and Shackled Woman (Best Film, 1980 Festival Film Indonesia), an Indonesian classic recounting a depressed woman’s imprisonment by her father and husband. These compelling stories screen alongside drama, romance, thriller and comedy, all fresh from Indonesian shores. Get along to the film festival and see a fascinating corner of Southeast Asia through the eyes of its most talented filmmakers. 20th – 26th August, 2010.
**Deadline: Friday May 21** [www.acmi.net.au](http://www.acmi.net.au/burton_tour_guide.htm)
Direct from New York’s **Museum of Modern Art**, the exhibition ‘Tim Burton’ is presented as part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2010 from June 24 at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image). The exhibition explores the full scale of Burton’s career, as director, concept artist illustrator and photographer, through hundreds of artworks that spectacularly illuminate the creative vision behind films such as **Beetlejuice**, **Batman**, **Edward Scissorhands**, **Charlie and the Chocolate Factory**, and **Alice in Wonderland**.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Images – Tim Burton Tour Guide – opportunity is open to under 18’s across Australia. Applications must come in the form of 3 minute videos.
Successful applicants will meet Tim Burton, be inducted by ACMI staff, hear from curators about how he created his art and films, and then take the public on a tour of the exhibition on at least one occasion.
ACMI Screen Events Manager, Helen Simondson, says that applicants should be inventive but also remember that if successful they will have to hold a tour of the exhibition. We want young people to get creative and display enthusiasm and confidence, but we also want them to remember that the best tour guides are informative, interesting and able to speak well on their subject, said Helen. We need to see that you have the skills to be a fantastic tour guide, Knowledge of Tim Burton’s art and films is essential and so, to help budding tour guides, ACMI has supplied a fact sheet of resources on its website.
The application form is available online and must be submitted complete with a link to the YouTube location of the 3 minute application video. It is important both applicants and their parent or guardian read the Application Guidelines before applying. Key in these is that applicants and their guardians must be available to meet Tim Burton in the week commencing Monday June 22 and conduct at least one tour. Each tour will be designed by ACMI staff in consultation with the successful applicant. Successful applicants will take part in a voluntary capacity.
Free & open daily. For further details, check out www.acmi.net.au/exhib_mary_max.aspx
Drag queens, porn stars, washed-up rock stars, A-list fashion personnel and D-list celebrities – Marc Jacobs has a coterie of followers that hang onto him tightly, despite his insistence that he’s not cool. The designer who brought grunge to the catwalk is celebrating 25 years in the fashion biz, and continues to successfully operate mostly on intuition, Moxie soft drink and a dose of self-induced terror.
To applaud the man behind the superbrand ACMI has hooked up with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009 to weave together Marc Jacobs on Film, dedicated to the designer’s career, creations and collaborations. The season kicks off with the Australian premiere of Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton. Director Loïc Prigent turns his camera lens towards the designer extraordinaire and Creative Director of luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton just in time for the birth of the handbag to beat all handbags – made up entirely of earlier Vuitton handbags!
The four screenings of this film will be introduced by festival guest Bryanboy who came to notoriety for his cybermusings on all things fashion. The internationally-adored superblogger is here to brag about the ‘BB Bag’ created in his honour for the Fall 2008-09 Collection by Marc Jacobs.
Saturday 29 August – Sunday 6 September 2009 Full $13 Concession $10 3 Session Package: Full $30 Concession $24